March 6, 2010
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On defending Dior Lowhorn:
We wanted to limit his touches. Last game on his senior night he went off for 26. We just made a team effort to try to limit his touches and to deny the passes.
On his teammates:
I knew these guys (Larry, Ashley, Jarred, Drew) were coming in (to LMU) with me and we couldn't have even made it this far without these guys. We're 18-14 right now and have made a big turnaround from last year.
On playing Gonzaga in the semis:
Last time when we played Gonzaga we were able to knock them off and we played real well. We have an awkward mismatch against them so hopefully going into tomorrow everyone will have a little more focus and we'll try to knock them off tomorrow again.
On the difference in his play:
I watched the film from San Francisco and I don't know what it was but before the San Diego game was my high-scoring game and I remember talking to one of my buddies and he told me it all starts on defense. That was my whole mind-set for today: before I even get any shots up, that I need to just get in people and try to get as many stops and get as many rebounds as possible. That just kind of relaxed my offensive mindset. Coach always stresses that defense runs into offense. Now we're 32 games into the season and we're just starting to figure that out.
Head Coach Max Good:
San Francisco is really good. Diore has gotten better as the years have gone along and Blackwell's a big strong guy and of course Lowhorn gets our utmost respect. He's been a class person and a great player in this league. We did a better job guarding their guards except at the end when we were playing a prevent defense when we had the lead where we just sidestepped and let their guards just lay it in, which wasn't quite what we had in mind. We feel very fortunate to win again tonight and feel fortunate to have an opportunity to play against Gonzaga again. Now, I hope tomorrow night I'm still appreciating that opportunity because we all know how good they are.
On San Francisco's defense:
We haven't really practiced more than just our 25 minutes on the court and our walk-through so we've just been running what we call "lift". Sometimes they trap on the first pass and sometimes they trap on the second. That's aggravating to play against because it's not usual and not something you see all the time. We call it lift because when they trap, you want to lift guys to the ball and bring the point guard back to the sideline because they have a hard time covering that plus it gives us good spacing. They want you to cluster and it makes their assignments much easier so we tried to spread and reverse the ball down the sideline as much as we can.
On the prospect of playing three nights in a row:
I tell you what, it's a hell of a lot better than playing one night in a row. I don't care if we have to play 10 nights in a row. I tell our guys every day that I don't care if we're playing the Milwaukee Bucks and the Celtics and the Lakers in consecutive nights, we're going to show up. We owe it to ourselves to compete. As long as they compete, I'll live with about anything they do.
Of course it's tough but let's talk about what's really tough in the world. We have a bunch of guys wanting to play basketball in front of a big crowd. How tough is that really? It's tough on my old ass. But as far as these kids - they play AAU basketball and 4-5 games. But there are people fighting wars and people in Haiti and people in Chile. This isn't tough. They should enjoy every single second of this. USF got ahead in the second half and I told our players "this is what you ought to really savor - the opportunity to compete and to come back in this game". Anybody can make shots when you're up 30 or anyone can make shots when you're down 30. But this will test your manhood a little bit; to see how you're going to reach down and grind.