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"The first thing I’m going to say is it’s a W. But I think we did some good things out there tonight. We tried a lot of different combinations. It was the first time this year we’ve had Dexter [Strickland] and Larry [Drew II] in there together. And we had Marcus [Ginyard] at the point and Justin [Watts] at the two, with three big guys. We tried some more double-teams than we have. So we got some things accomplished, except guarding #4. We didn’t do a very good job of guarding him.
"It was a frustrating game in some ways because in the first half particularly I thought we were tight. We were missing shots around the basket. Ed [Davis] missed a dunk, Deon [Thompson] missed one at point blank range, Z [Tyler Zeller] had one blocked. So I think we were a little tight, and that’s the way these kids—they’re good kids that care about what’s going on, they’re always concerned about what happened the last game, so I expect that. But at the same time, I thought we had good effort.
"I did tell the guys in the huddle one time, it’s getting close to the point where I’m not going to play everybody just because I like their smile. You’ve got to produce when you get out there. But these kind of moments are good to get guys experience, try some different things. Hopefully you don’t interpret that as showing disrespect to Gardner-Webb. That was not it. We’re just more gifted than they are. But it was a time to try to see if we could work on some things that we need to work on.
"This is a young team that hasn’t had as many practices as I want. We tried to work on doubling and screen on the ball, for example, in the second half, because we haven’t done that all year. There were some good things and some bad things that happened out of it as well. It is a long season. For us, we have to understand that we’re going to try to get better every single day.
"Now tomorrow we have a day off, then we practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Four days before we have the next game, and hopefully we’ll have four good practices and accomplish some things then.
"Congratulations to Grayson [Flittner]. I guess Coach Holliday said he tied the record for most threes by an opponent in here, so I told him that at the end of the game, said congratulations. He had a great game. But again, turnovers in the second half—turnovers and missed free throws, I mean, my gosh, we turned it over 11 times after only turning it over 5 in the first half, and then second half we were 11-20 from the free throw line. And a couple of those were one-and-ones. So we’ve got to do a better job of that. We understand that. We’re going to go ahead and work at it."
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On the team’s performance after the Syracuse loss:
"We definitely wanted to come out and play our game, and we were pretty excited to have only five turnovers after the first half. It was good for us to have that. In the second half, the turnovers kind of went up. But I’d give us overall a C+ for the way we played today. We’re not too into it mentally, being excited to want to play. We don’t know why, but hopefully it will get better."
On the team’s defense:
"We were good at times, but Coach gives us plays and things to do, and we’re not really executing the way he wants us to right now. I don’t want to give the excuse that we’re young, but we have to be more accountable and concentrate more."
On Grayson Flittner’s 32-point performance:
"Things like that, guys have to take more pride. If guys are going to score 32 on you, you’ve got to have more pride to want to guard somebody. But give credit to him. He shot the ball really well."
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On the team’s low-key demeanor:
Sometimes, you know, some moments it seems like we’re really excited to be out there, we’re really getting after it. But then there are some moments—not even on the court-- there are some moments when you see a team that’s not necessarily, as you say, excited as we should be for a game, any game. You should be pumped and excited to get out there and have a chance to play.
"Maybe these young guys, they see that they have a lot of time ahead of them. But for some of the older guys, too, maybe sometimes in the back of your mind little games like this aren’t important. But really, you should be excited every time you get out there. Sooner or later, you’re going to be counting down because you don’t have any more."
On taking responsibility for the team’s approach:
A lot of that is on me, a lot of that is on Deon, a lot of that is on the players themselves. They have to understand that, again, these days aren’t going to last forever. We’ve got to make the most of it, the chances that we do get."
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On the opportunity to play minutes at shooting guard:
"It felt good. It gave me memories of high school, when I used to play the two. I think it gave me a little bit more freedom to attack the boards and get up extra shots and things like that. It felt good out there."
On the difficult transition to point guard:
"Like I said to everybody, it’s a challenge. I’ll get through it. Coach Williams said if I want to go to the next level, I would have to learn that position, so that’s what I’m doing right now. It’s a big transition, but I’m getting through it."