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Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. Michigan State


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Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
Jan. 3, 2012
Kohl Center - Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan

On if he had a chance to review the final play:
“I got a look at it on the monitor. From a distance - I’m standing back - I thought they were just questioning whether or not it was a three. It was ruled good, so I always thought it had to be inconclusive, and it must have been inconclusive. So no, I haven’t broken it down yet. I probably will though.” 

On Wisconsin’s performance:
“Without [Jordan Taylor] doing what he did, we wouldn’t all be waiting around here so long for a decision. But, like anything else, you need help. We needed help on scoring. We’ve got to the free throw line. We did some things, it’s just one of those things where you look and say, ‘OK, we did this, we did this, we did this.’” When they were missing, and we were holding them down, that’s where we needed to get a little spread in there. But, both teams just kept clawing at each other.” 

On his offense and getting the ball inside:
“We touched the post. We were trying to touch the post in the last game. Some teams do a better job of maybe keeping it out - some teams play behind a little bit more - then it’s what you do when you get it in there. You have to be able to finish. We got three front-line guys that are trying to get it done for us. It’s not as if they’re not trying to post, or we’re not trying to throw it in or we’re ignoring them.”


Senior Jordan Taylor:

On how tough it is to sit through a replay review at the end of the game, with fate not in the team’s hands:
“It’s definitely tough. We were pretty positive though; we had an upbeat stance on our side. We felt like they got [the shot] off, but the refs made the right call, according to the rule book, so good job on their part. It doesn’t come down to a last shot. There were a lot of things that we need to correct to avoid a situation like that.

On the importance of being a leader after losing two-straight games:
“It’s definitely important to be a leader. It’s definitely a tough loss, but I recall two years ago Ohio State started 0-2 in the league and went on to win it or at least a share of it, so there’s a lot of basketball left. We put ourselves in a hole, but we go to Michigan next, play a good team on the road, a place where we’ve had some success and hopefully we can correct the things we aren’t doing right and get a win there and start a winning streak. It’s definitely going to be tough, but we aren’t going to stop trying. We’ll work hard everyday; that’s the type of character that we have on this team and it’s going to be a fun ride.

Junior Jared Berggren:

On the offensive approach going into the game:
“The approach was pretty much the same as what we’ve been doing. We always want to touch the post. That’s not something that changes game-to-game. It’s always a goal of ours to go inside and get some easy buckets. We never want to get too reliant on threes. We shot quite a few again tonight and weren’t too successful. Nothing changes from game-to-game, it’s the same approach, trying to work it inside, and we were able to do it a little.

Junior Ryan Evans:

On being 0-2 at home in the Big Ten:
“It is what has happened, and we’ll work toward the next game. Stuff happens in games and we just need to stay focused and keep looking forward. That’s why we play this sport, because we can be so high at one moment and so low the next. We just need to keep going forward. If we knew what was going to happen every time it wouldn’t be any fun.”

“In the rule book, it’s rule five under ‘Scoring and Timing Regulation,’ section seven, ‘Beginning and End of the Period.’ In games with a tenth of a second, game clock display in where an official courtside monitor is used – which we had tonight – the reading of zeros on the clock is to be used to determine whether a field goal determined before or after the experation of time and the period.

"In the process, by rule, we go to the courtside monitor. Any shot near the expiration of time for the first or second half we review.

"Upon our review, we determined that the ball remained in the hand of the Wisconsin player at the reading of zeros."

On if it was noticed that the game clock above the scoreboard said zeros, but the clock on the ribbon board said 0.2 seconds remaining:
“We did. But, by rule we have to go by the clock that is on the backboard. I don’t know why there would be different (times) – it could be satellite, electronic, whatever – but by rule we have to go by the clock that is attached to the backboard. In our review on the monitor, the clock clearly showed zeros while the ball remained in the Wisconsin player’s hands.

On how many times they reviewed replay of the shot:
“I think we got up to seven. The other thing too, we need to see certainly if it counted – based off what I just explained to you. The other thing we have to keep in mind is to whether it was a two or a three, because it was very, very close. Those were the two things we looked at. But again, after reviewing it further, it was determined the player still had the ball in his hands at the expiration of time.”


Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

On the ending of the game:
“They hit some great shots at the end to come back. I don’t know what happened at the end, nor do I care. I thought we played well enough and earned the win, and that’s the way I’m going to look at it.” 

On the defensive performance from Michigan State:
“I thought we did a great job on [Jordan Taylor], he’s a great player. Yet, he made some big shots, and that’s what he did all last year. I thought we did a good job on the other guys too. [Jared Berggren] we didn’t leave too much, we did a good job on [Ryan Evans]. 

On if the win is any more gratifying considering the way in which it was won:
“When you look this year at football, and this year in basketball, I think we deserve to win. Does it make it more gratifying? It’s too early in the year. Over the years, I’ve gained more and more respect for Wisconsin. I said that last year when they beat us, because they just play it to the most solid system I’ve ever seen. But at the same time, I thought we grinded it out tonight, and that’s what you’ve got to do when you play here. We found a way to win. So yes, it’s satisfying, it’s been a pretty good rivalry, and now with football, who knows, maybe it’ll become one of the better rivalsries.”


Referee Pat Driscoll

“In the rule book, it’s rule five under ‘Scoring and Timing Regulation,’ section seven, ‘Beginning and End of the Period.’ In games with a tenth of a second, game clock display in where an official courtside monitor is used – which we had tonight – the reading of zeros on the clock is to be used to determine whether a field goal determined before or after the experation of time and the period.

"In the process, by rule, we go to the courtside monitor. Any shot near the expiration of time for the first or second half we review.

"Upon our review, we determined that the ball remained in the hand of the Wisconsin player at the reading of zeros."

On if it was noticed that the game clock above the scoreboard said zeros, but the clock on the ribbon board said 0.2 seconds remaining:
“We did. But, by rule we have to go by the clock that is on the backboard. I don’t know why there would be different (times) – it could be satellite, electronic, whatever – but by rule we have to go by the clock that is attached to the backboard. In our review on the monitor, the clock clearly showed zeros while the ball remained in the Wisconsin player’s hands.

On how many times they reviewed replay of the shot:
“I think we got up to seven. The other thing too, we need to see certainly if it counted – based off what I just explained to you. The other thing we have to keep in mind is to whether it was a two or a three, because it was very, very close. Those were the two things we looked at. But again, after reviewing it further, it was determined the player still had the ball in his hands at the expiration of time.”

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