Postgame Quotes: No. 21 Wisconsin vs. Minnesota


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Postgame Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Minnesota
Feb. 13, 2014
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan

On whether or not the team was more aggressive tonight compared to first meeting:
“Aggressive, the definition (is) disposition to dominate, from the dictionary. I just thought we were better. Working hard, reading and reacting to one another. But yet still they had like one something on their points per possession with the 3’s and the and-ones (made basket and foul). We gave up two of those and two 3’s in the last few minutes. But they were tough shots and it happens. But we were well over 1.2 (points per possession), so.” 

On the strides his team has made over the last few games:
“Well, we’ve hit some shots, hit free throws, gotten to the line. So those are things that really can help you at the other end too, defensively. You know, you get people playing on their heels a little bit, can they play the same way? Some teams are better playing from behind than others, some people are really good if they’re playing ahead. And for whatever reason, not necessarily because you’re young or you’re an old team. It’s hard to explain. The three teams we’ve played, we could’ve played them on different nights, different dates in the calendars and could’ve had the same results. But when we’re effective, I’ll tell you the catalyst still has been Nigel (Hayes), without a doubt.”

On general improvement over the year on defense:
“Well when I say there’s deficiencies, we could’ve given up 38 points and I’d find deficiencies. So you have to take what I say with a grain of salt. We’ve got a lot of work to do defensively. And we try to do it every day because I see things that maybe other people don’t. And maybe other people do, but that doesn’t matter because what we’re doing when we’re trying to practice and work on certain things has to happen out there on the floor when we’re together and our practices and our video work. The players talking amongst themselves, which they do a lot of.”

Ben Brust

On how it feels to make four three-pointers:
“They felt how they’ve normally felt my whole career, besides the last game. It’s definitely good to see the first one go down and it’s never a bad thing to make all the ones you take.”

On looking forward to the rest of the season and the Big Ten tournament:
“I’m done looking at anything, I think we just need to focus on whoever’s next for us and it’s Michigan at Michigan. It’s a really good opportunity to play a really good team on the road and I’m excited for that.”

Frank Kaminski

On his extra effort on both ends of the court tonight:
“It has a lot to do with the last time we played them. Us bigs were kind of weak on defense and a little bit on offense, and we just wanted to come out with energy and I think we did that.”

On the  team’s extra energy in tonight’s game:
“I think we were better prepared this time, we didn’t really do much different, we just had to go out and execute on offense and defense and we had to do that from the opening tip. Just go out there and make things happen from the get-go and I think that got all of us rolling. And energy is contagious as you saw, just everyone was bringing it tonight.”

On looking forward to the rest of the season and the Big Ten tournament:
“It’s all about the next 40 minutes as coach Ryan says, so we’re going to prepare for Michigan and be ready for them.”

Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino

Opening Statement:
“You got to give them (Wisconsin) credit, they did a great job adjusting to the things that we hurt them with our first game. It really came down to, in the end, when you turn the ball over 13 times and you allow them to make 30 points from the free throw line, you aren’t going to win on the road. So you have to give them credit, they deserved the win. We have to learn from it and get ready to go on Sunday.”

On how Wisconsin improved defensively tonight in comparison to the last game vs. Minnesota:
“Oh, polar opposites. They did a great job of not allowing us to throw the ball in the paint, into the post, where we really had our way with that at home. They did a great job adjusting, that is why coach (Bo) Ryan has won as many games as he has won. He really prepared them in that regard. I think we did some good things offensively, but just defensively we didn’t get stops, we fouled too much.”

On why his team was sloppy with the ball tonight:
“Yeah, they (Wisconsin) don’t (pressure the ball). They don’t get a lot of steals. We were making plays that just were uncharacteristic of us, for whatever reason, I don’t know. Because that is not what they do, they don’t turn over a lot of guys. So we had a couple costly ones, really in the first half, hurt us a lot more than in the second half.”

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