Huskies Insider Blog

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle's postgame quotes

General – “I thought that was really a good win for our program. Especially for where we are right now, and I have such respect for Lorenzo Romar and the University of Washington and what that program has done over the last 10 years. They’ve got good players, and I think our guys battled, especially given the start of the game and how we played offensively. I thought our defense really created some offense for us, and we turned them over a little bit. It was just a good win for us, and I thought our guys played with real good heart and unbelievable toughness. One of the things we’ve talked to our team a lot about the last couple weeks is pride and toughness. Being proud of representing Colorado basketball, and what we want to make it represent, taking ownership in our program and playing with unbelievable toughness every night. Win or lose, you got to lay it on the line, and I think our guys have done that here recently. Our next challenge is how do we bounce back, whether you win or you lose, you have to bounce back.”

On This Game Being A Measuring Stick– “I like how we handled our adversity tonight. It’s not like we came out and just blew them out, we had to fight for it. I’m not ready to anoint ourselves ‘Conference Champions’; were two games into an 18 game schedule. I like the track we’re on and the direction we are headed, but this thing is a marathon. We talked to our team, even the veterans; there is a big difference between an 18 game conference schedule and a 16 game conference schedule, like we’re used to in the Big XII. Those two extra games sometimes take a lot out of you, mentally and emotionally. I think (this win) gives us great confidence. But we did it at home, and to finish in the top half of any league, you have to win on the road, and hold serve at home. Again, this was a litmus test for our team, and we passed that test, so now its on to the next one. But I don’t want to get too full of our selves, but I think the term we need to start using is belief, and I want our fans to believe and know that when they show up to the Coors Events Center the Buffs are going to take care of business and play their hearts out. We’re all in this together; we are going to need our fans as this season goes on.”

On The Turning Point Of The Game – “I know I talk about it all the time, but I think it was our defense. Our defensive field goal percentage is first in the league (.390), we held a very explosive team to 33 percent, they had nine layups in the first half but shot 33 percent, I mean that’s un-heard of. Although some of those were off turnovers, and that’s not bad defense, that’s bad offense. I thought when our defense got set, we executed the game plan to a ‘T’. What I liked about our team is we challenged them at halftime to come out (in the second half) and take some charges, because we had opportunities in the first half and we didn’t do it, and in the second half we did. So our players are responding, and they’re listening, which is very encouraging as a coach.”

On Play Of The Bench – “I thought our bench in the first half was great. I thought Sabatino Chen’s minutes were great, we were struggling a little bit, and he was aggressive, taking the ball to the hole. I thought Jeremy Adams played his best game as a Buff, he did some good things. Shane (Harris-Tunks) defensively was good. And Askia Booker coming off the bench, he plays with such unbridled enthusiasm and he is such a spark plug for us. That is one of the reason he comes off the bench, I look at Askia as a sixth starter for us, if you will. He keeps growing and learning, but he wants to have the ball in his hands and he wants to take big shots.”

On Nate Tomlinson – “Man, if you look at Nate’s (box score) line tonight…it’s pretty good. The thing about Nate is he is a guy that I’m comfortable with and our offense runs better when he is out there. He thinks like a point guard, and it also allows Spencer (Dinwiddie) to score a little bit more when he is not bringing the ball up. Nate running the point helps this team in a lot of ways that maybe the average fan doesn’t realize as much.”

On Spencer Dinwiddie – “I’m really pleased with the way he is playing and where he is, and the poise and confidence he is playing with. I want him to continue to learn the game, and think like a coach. Eventually Spencer is going to have to be that guy that thinks about, ‘hey have we gotten Andre (Roberson) a shot lately, has Carlon (Brown) got a touch, and thinking about the whole big picture and that is the next step for him. I’m not saying he doesn’t already do that, but I think that is an area he can continue to grow and develop as his career goes on.”