Sr., Abdul Gaddy
On team’s performance:It was good, we’re getting better every game. Today was very physical—they’re a physical team. I know last year when we played them it felt like they had an advantage over us physically. Coming into this game we knew that we had to be very physical, especially by boxing them out.
On picking it up defensively:It’s both our attitude and us figuring things out. We take pride in our defense, we don’t like when people score on us. We’re really starting to gel which is the main thing, we’re talking to each other and we have Aziz in the back which really helps since he alters shots. We’re really startin to get organized on defense; we know when to box out, who to pick up, the little things. We’re getting better.
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On the crowd:We hadn’t played here in a while so I was anxious to get back out on the court. We’ve all always loved our crowd.
On Aziz going out:Yeah, I notice the difference and I’ve said that since the beginning of the year. We need Aziz on the floor. We have players that come in who are doing better, Jernard came in and helped us out. Shawn came in today and did well, he could do better. We always need Aziz because he’s our catalyst back there to get rebounds and he’s a great defender
On Jernard playing:Jernard is a great player and we look at the guys that come off the bench, Jernard, Shawn, and Andrew specifically, we need those guys to come in with energy. They’ve been giving us that energy all year especially during conference play. We tell them that the games not all about the starters, we can’t play for forty minutes. They always come in and play well, giving great energy. Jernard is a different type of forward in that he can catch a high post and score. He can knock down a midrange jumper. We always have to tell him to stay aggressive since this is still a new thing for him as a freshman. He gave us great energy tonight, and he’ll take from there and keep helping us.
Jr., C.J. Wilcox
On scoring 25 points tonight:It doesn’t matter as long as we win—I don’t care how many points I score. The main this is us winning.
On having Aziz in the back:It gives us confidence; we’re able to trust that our teammate is going to be back there. All these good guards are back there who are quick, and we know that he’s going to be back there and either alter shots or block them which he was doing tonight.
On team defense:We always knew we could play good defense, and we came into the season saying that that is what we needed to do. It just took some time to get through our heads that that is what we needed to do and we’re starting to learn that, and get better game by game.
On the personality of the team that makes the team play defense instead of having high flying points:We feed off Desmond and Aziz who are top players in rebounds. Desmond is back there as our enforcer and it helps us to continue guarding really good guards. We get our identity from those players, they really love playing defense which amps us up.
Sr., Aziz N’Diaye
On your offense catalyzing your offense:Yes, my teammates are doing a very good job finding me on the inside and I’ve just been going through my moves, taking the shot, and hoping that it will fall in.