Nov. 7, 2012
Wisconsin vs. UW-Oshkosh
Nov. 7, 2012
Kohl Center - Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan
On the production of the Badger frontcourt, specifically Zach Bohannon’s six rebounds:
“Yea, I just wish he would’ve put them back, but he was active and Zach can do those things. Zach is a grinder around the basket. He’s going to help us that way this year. You can’t get too carried away with the production from 6’9”, 6’10” guys in this type of a game or situation, except that they were there to take advantage of opportunities. We’re going to play bigger teams--we know that. But, they were gritty and they were digging and we lost some of those inside. We had offensive rebounds, but couldn’t get them back up and in because of how tenacious Oshkosh was on the hands and the arms. I thought we should’ve had more inside.”
On what he learned of his younger players during the game:
“I thought they did a pretty good job once they realized, No. 1, you can tell guys that you don’t want to play horse with Division III teams and you can’t give guys open space. Once we had some guys become believers, then it changed. We went a little smaller so we could cover the dribble-drives and some of the fade screens and then we did a much better job. But, they realized that every team that’s going to come in here is going to bring their best. We were able to take some of that confidence away because we got them out of their comfort zone. We’re going to have to do that to teams we play after tonight too.”
On Sam Dekker’s performance defensively:
“Sam was a little soft playing back-off a little too much. He’s got to get in the grill of guys a little more. I’ve said this a thousand times, but high school guys who were scorers tend to get a little softer on their man, because they can’t foul out. He’s got to play defense the way we play it all the time. That involves getting into people a little more and closing gaps down.”
On the play of George Marshall:
“Hopefully he just keeps getting better. He shot it fairly well again and that’s good to see. He just made one pass -- I call it “Chicago pass” and used to call it “Philly pass” back east -- where it’s just kind of a flip. We don’t make passes like that. You know why? Because he turned it over. So, why make those? He didn’t do it after that. He made good decisions. I thought he guarded the ball pretty well with his feet, but he’s going to have to keep getting better. That’s what he’s here for.
On five guys in double digits and if this will be an even-scoring team:
“Yea, it’s just kind of the way this team plays. It’s the way they played in the summer and it’s the way they played in the fall. I could see pretty good balance not knowing who was going to explode on any given night. There are some guys out there that are capable. Because, as you know--especially in this league--if there’s only one guy or two guys you’re counting on it’s pretty hard. You’ve got to have contributions from other people.
On game lineups and how they are going to be different with Josh Gasser and Mike Bruesewitz being out due to injuries:
Ryan Evans: "I think we have a pretty versatile lineup this year. You have guys, as big as Sam (Dekker), that can play the two. A guy like me, I could probably play three through five. Guys can go out to the four. George (Marshall) could play any position, so it's just going to be interesting. Everyone has been playing well, shooting well, so it is going to be on Coach Ryan to figure it out, who's going to play, and who's not, but I think we can be a deep team."
George Marshall: "I think we have a lot of depth. It's the beginning of the year, we are trying different combinations, playing with each other, reading defense, playing off each other. I think as we go on in time we will get better."
On having five players in double digits tonight:
Evans: "I don't know that we are going to score 96 points a night, every game, and this is one of the smaller teams we've played, that I have played in my career, but to their credit, they were real gritty and I have a lot of respect for those guys. They were really getting in the meat. You never know, we might get a little bit up and down a little bit more this year, but I guess we will see how things go when we get to the bigger games."
On what he was thinking when UW-Oshkosh started the game with a seven-point lead:
Marshall: "That we had to chase the shooters. They were getting too many easy, open shots. We have to do a better job at chasing around the screens."
On if they feel that they will need to pick up the scoring with Gasser and Bruesewitz being out:
Evans: "Not necessarily. Like I said, we have a lot of guys that can score, but the main thing with those two guys being out is I think we are more focused on the defensive side of the ball. You always have guys that want to put the ball in the hoop. Defense is where we made our mark last year, and really since Coach Ryan has been here. Defensively is where we are trying to pick up from those guys."
Marshall: "Yeah, definitely defense is first. Even on offense, we had a lot of movement today, we were playing off each other, so I think that is important when you lose two guys like them."
UW-Oshkosh head coach Pat Juckem
“Today was a great experience for our team and our program, we were well aware of the challenges of playing a team of this level. We take a lot of positives away and the experience for our players going through the pregame and preparation. It’s a great opportunity for us to get better. Were very thankful to Coach Ryan and his belief of giving teams in the WIAC he opportunity to play on a big stage like this. So were just really pleased for the opportunity. I wish we would’ve played better, but overall just a positive experience for our players.”
On what he was thinking when they started off the game with a 7-0 lead
“Can we hurry up and get this game over. That’s something that we pride ourselves on. We really looked at trying to break today’s game into four-minute games and to narrow our focus a little bit. We certainly got off to a good start. When you make some shots, that certainly helps. As the game wore on, some of our deficiencies and their strengths started to show. Certainly a good start and something we want to build on. Not only did we make shots, but we got stops too. It eased us a little bit, but we weren’t able to sustain it for the duration.”
On winning the four-minute segments
“I believe in the first half we won the first one, we tied one in the second half, and I don’t know that we won another one. Our goal was to win four of them, and if the game got out of hand as it did, we didn’t want our guys playing scoreboard. We wanted to narrow the focus and we tried to win as many possessions as we could both offensively and defensively. We talked about after the game about that there is a level of how hard you have to play and a game speed that we haven’t simulated in our practices yet that we got exposed to today. Now at our next practice on Friday we need bring the level of speed and try to simulate as best we could to get better for our opener.”
On defending the balanced scoring attack of the Badgers
“It really poses some challenges, not only their personnel but their system and scheme as we know with Coach Ryan and the swing offense. It just has some great features about it, the spacing, its movement. He’s got really good personnel that fits it, his bigs can shoot the basketball. I was really impressed with his team, and we knew they were going to be good, obviously. It’s nice as coach with a defensive mindset when there is someone on the floor that you can really help off of and we unfortunately couldn’t find any of those guys. But they’re ripe for a great season and their going to be very competitive in the Big Ten as they always are.”
On what he saw from George Marshall and Sam Dekker
“I really hadn’t had a chance to see him play hardly before so it was my first opportunity. He really just plays under control. He’s the prototypical Wisconsin point guard in the sense that he made good decisions, He’s a pretty complete player, he’s heady for a young kid, just a really good fit for what Coach looks for, doesn’t turn the ball over. Obviously, Dekker is talented and you could see glimpses of what he can do. His versatility is going to be a good fit for the swing offense. Obviously Marshall is going to have a bigger role and responsibility now with (Josh) Gasser being hurt. But he’s a good player, he’s a good fit for Wisconsin.”