Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. #12 Minnesota




Jan. 26, 2013

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Wisconsin vs. Minnesota

Jan. 26, 2013
Kohl Center - Madison, Wis.

UW Head Coach Bo Ryan

On Traevon Jackson’s confidence in late-game situations:
"Well if you’re going to be a player, you have to be that way. People that have the mindset of being a competitor, there isn’t any other thought process. I mean, why would you go into the other area, with certain parts of your brain, when you’re thinking you’re going to get it done. But you have to prepare for the moment, you can’t sit on your couch and say that you’re going to find the cure for something. You have to work at what you do and when you’re presented with the moment, there can’t be any doubts. You have to be the one that says ‘okay, we can do this.’ So I don’t know any other way a guy would think, period."

On riding the hot hand at point guard in late game situations:
“Yeah, it is definitely a gut feeling. I have been coaching for over 40 years. It’s never changed.”

On Rodney Williams shooting the free throws for injured Trevor Mbakwe:
“We were trying to figure out who the other four guys were on the court. I said to Rodney (Williams) after the game, great kid, just a fine young man, I said, ‘hey, really a tough situation to be put in. You’re a good player, don’t let it change.’ That is a tough situation.”

On confidence that Traevon Jackson would make a play in the final seconds:
“Well, what happened was, they were paying attention to some other guys and he was able, because of how they were crowding him, he was able to get some attack lines. He was able to put himself into positions where he could get into that jumper that he has, which is a pretty good shot. He shoots a very high percentage with that one. The rim was kind to him. The main reason was because of his arch, there is a lot of arch on those shots, those 15 to 18-foot jumpers. That is a strength of his, he was doing that in high school.”

On Ben Brust drawing the charge late in the game:
“That was very good footwork, very good court awareness, and he deserves a lot of credit for making a play. A lot of people concern themselves about making an offensive play. He made a play that helped us get that ball game on the left hand side. That was a huge charge to draw.”

On rebounding from tough losses:
“What happens, happens, but now you have to prepare for the next 40, 50, 60 possessions. The way we approach things is, you’re not going to dwell too much other than to show some tendencies or show some things where players are getting away from our fundamentals. As long as we are playing defense, playing hard, rebounding. That is a very good rebounding team we just hung with, and did a pretty good job competing with them. That is where the game was won for us, defensively and on the glass.”

On the contributions from Ryan Evans, specifically his rebounding and assists:
“His court awareness was very good. He made some plays, especially that kick-out to George (Marshall) for the three. You know, he works hard. He just keeps playing hard. As long as these guys keep playing hard, you never know what’s going to happen.”


Ryan Evans

On what the team needs to do to get out of its shooting slump:
“I always look at the positive point of view, and what that is is that our defense has gotten quite a bit better. We’re all on the same page defensively and the offense is coming. It’s about peaking at the right time. (When) we get wins like this on the defensive end, how do you think it’s going to be when we start getting the offense going? I think that we’ve been (known) for peaking at the right time as a team. I know that’s coming.”

On if the younger guys scoring helps take pressure off the upper-classmen on the team:
“Definitely. To have other guys able to come in and be that X-factor when other guys are struggling from the field, that’s huge. That’s just a remarkable stat for our younger guys to be able to come in and do that for us. When that offense gets going for us, we’re going to be a tough team to stop.”

On what it was like to win a close game after losing a couple in that same fashion:
“I think it’s just great that we have this type of competition night in and night out. Every night is a memory in this conference. You’ve got to be prepared to play every night. These close games and games that go down to the wire are preparing us that much more for tournament time.”

Traevon Jackson

On if he had any doubt that he wanted the ball on the last possessions to take the shots:
“No, I didn’t have any doubt. I just felt that if I needed to hit up that I’d hit the shots. Today, my teammates were able to get me open and I was able to knock it down.”

On the shot-fake on Trevor Mbakwe and if he realized how low the shot clock was:
“It was only at four (seconds). You can make a play in four seconds. I was able to get him in the air and got a nice little roll on the rim and we won the game.”

On his thoughts as his game-winning shot rattled around on the rim before going in:
“It’s going down. You can kind of tell when the ball is going to take a bad roll or a good roll. It hit a little bit of the front rim, then the back rim, and I was like, ‘It’s going in.’ It went in.”

On if he feels wanting the ball in his hands in late-game situations is his best asset:
“I don’t have any fear…you’ve got to want the ball and to help this team out. Every guy on our team wants the ball at the end of the game. I feel like if Ryan (Evans) was in that same situation he’d do the same thing, Sam (Dekker) would, [Jared Berggren] would, Mike (Bruesewitz) would--anybody would. Today it just went our way.”

Sam Dekker

On if a focus today was to avoid foul trouble and be able to play more minutes:
“Whenever you get in foul trouble, it takes yourself out of the rotation and you can’t help the team sitting on the bench. I just tried to avoid that, but still be aggressive on the defensive end and try to provide a spark. I couldn’t back down from those things. When I’m on the court, I’ve got to know that I can do things to help the team. I’ve got to keep myself out of trouble. Today, I managed to do that and thought I brought some energy and did some good things.”

On winning the rebound battle against Minnesota, one of the Big Ten’s best:
“We scouted them as being one of the best rebounding teams in the Big Ten and even the nation. They rebound 50 percent of the shots they miss. So, you can see how many points they get off those. We just guarded that. Mbakwe is still always going to come in--he had five offensive rebounds. But, you know, whenever you can slow down the other guys too, that’s going to be a key on our end. I think they had eight offensive rebounds tonight and it’s way below their average. Whenever you can keep them off the glass, take their garbage buckets away and slow them down it’s going to make it tougher on them.”


Minnesota Head Coach Tubby Smith

On what happened in the last 3.5 minutes when Minnesota couldn’t make shots:
“We charged twice. Turned it over twice. That answers that question. We expected to get a shot. I didn’t expect Trevor (Mbakwe) to charge. I didn’t expect Andre Hollins to run down there and charge. It’s hard to overcome those types of things.”

On if he expected that Treavon Jackson would be the player to take the last shot for Wisconsin:
“We switched, and due to a lack of discipline, he shot faked and we jump out of the way. That’s the game. A mistake, that’s how you get beat, making mistakes like we’ve been making. That’s a recipe for getting a loss. Just not being disciplined defensively and not being disciplined offensively.”

On Trevor Mbakwe’s wrist injury:
“He hurt it yesterday or the day before. But he played all day today with it until he got hit, so I haven’t checked to see if he’s okay now. I just came here so I haven’t talked to a trainer, but he had an x-ray so it was a bruise from when he fell the other day during the game.”

On Rodney Williams struggles and if there is anything he can do to get him out of a rut:
“I don’t know. One-for-ten and 0-for-6. Two rebounds. Rodney (Williams) is a very talented player. He’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever coached. It’s just mentally, psychologically, especially with Austin (Hollins), he’s probably still in a funk from fouling out of the game against Northwestern. Rodney has been in a funk for a few games. Getting a win would probably solve some of that, but unfortunately we haven’t had one in a long time.”

On the difference between this year’s team and last year’s team with breaking losing streaks:
“We’ve had three chances now to break it and it’s been the same. We had a good shot today, we had a good shot against Northwestern and we just haven’t stepped up to the plate. It always takes a whole, the coaches, everybody else with decision making, substitutions, just not pushing the right buttons to get the guys to do it. No one wants to play badly, no one’s trying to lose, but obviously it becomes a state of mind. So it is a different group, a different team, but it has taken on the same scenario, the same M.O.”

On if he thinks Rodney Williams is not being aggressively involved in the offense:
“Yeah, that’s probably one of the things. He can get to the offensive boards. He did get four rebounds today. I’d like to see him be more active defensively. It gets us going and gets him going. But today we played with him in multiple positions at the power forward, at the small forward. We try to run plays for him. We throw the ball to him. But you’ve got to want it. You’ve got to want it that bad, you’ve got to want it pretty bad. You’re a four-year senior, you’ve got to go demand the ball and you have to produce.”

On why he put Rodney Williams at the 3 position:
“We got hammered on the boards, so we needed better rebounding and I thought we needed to get some more size in there and putting Elliott (Eliason) in there and taking Joe (Coleman) out would give us more a little bit more size and moving Rodney (Williams) to the wing.”

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