Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. Florida


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Nov. 12, 2013

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Wisconsin vs. Florida
Nov. 12, 2013
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan

On what he liked about Nigel Hayes’ performance tonight:
“Well, he’s been practicing like that too. We’ve had a couple players in practice who are struggling and we have some players in practice who are showing they are getting better, so you have to reward the guys that are doing the good things in practice. He likes to compete. He’s got the body to do it and he’s got the court sense that he picks up things rather quickly and that’s why he is able to get on the court as a freshman.”

On what how he would assess Traevon Jackson’s performance down the stretch:
“You know me, I’ve never criticized a player publically or obviously to the media, so there are things that we will work on. But he’s been in so many tough situations that I wasn’t trading him those last five minutes.”

On the impact that Traevon Jackson and Ben Brust have rebounding the ball:
“They like to compete. They are not afraid of contact, they are not afraid of size. Those kind of things don’t even enter their mind. They just see the task at hand and go try to get it done. But yeah, they aren’t afraid to stick their faces in because they know they don’t have a Hollywood career later.”

On how the team was able to keep its composure down the stretch:
“I always tell them to let me do that on the sideline. I don’t have to guard, I don’t have to shoot or pass or rebound. They know, we’ve been in situations in practice. We did some special situations yesterday, 10 seconds on the clock, eight seconds, side out, end-line out, I just think that we hurried ourselves up a little bit where we didn’t have to. But you have to remember that Florida has always been a very good pressure team. It’s not like our scout team could simulate some of the run and jumps that they were doing. They had cues that they play off of, (head coach) Billy (Donovan) has been doing it forever. So we tried to simulate some of that in practice, but if you aren’t doing it all the time, you don’t read it as well. So we will have to get better.”

On how Sam Dekker has adjusted to being a primary scorer on this team:
“He is? I don’t know, I don’t know what the other teams are saying, but they better guard some of our other guys. I don’t know, I can only coach one team, so I don’t know what the other teams are saying or what they are doing. But some of the things that he struggled with were things that, again, are we a little too anxious, are we a little of this, a little of that, just some things that we have to iron out. But I have a feeling in high school he was kind of the guy that they tried to stop, if I’m not mistaken. In AAU he was kind of a guy they targeted a little bit, so this isn’t his first rodeo.”

On if the team’s defensive execution tonight was better than it was against St. Johns:
“Yeah, I thought the way we were moving our feet, for the most part. We will find a few that we can work on. But yeah, I thought our exchanges went well. I thought, for the most part, we kept guys out in front of us. I mean, St. John’s is so athletic, and Florida has three or four guys that can kind of do the same thing. I thought it was better. Sometimes when you are at home, the energy in the building makes you better. It does help you be better with your anticipation and your movement.”

On if he was comfortable with the shots his team got early in the game:
“We might be the only team in the nation to not shoot a free throw in a half. I thought we could have done a better job of attacking, getting some things going to the rim, where you do get people to use their hands more, and that is what we did in the second half. But when you shoot an air ball on the first possession as a team, I don’t know if that is a good omen.”

Traevon Jackson

On what a win against a ranked team shows what this team is capable of, especially right now:
“It’s huge. First and foremost I want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I want to give him all the glory and praise. I think it was a huge win for us. Just keep it moving on and learn from it and keep getting better.”

On shot with eight seconds left and taking those types of shots in a game:
“They got a switch and I really didn’t have too many driving lanes all game because they did such a good job of pinching. I know that if I could flick my wrist and it had a chance of going in—I had about three other pull-ups that I missed that were in and out—and I was confident that it was in. Just happy it went in.”

On second half:
“It was up and down. Obviously the five turnovers is terrible. But get it out of the way now. I like to look at the positives of things and at the end of the day we have to win. I have to take better care of the ball, especially when teams come and trap. I’ll look at the tape, learn from it and won’t do it again.” 

On leading team in rebounding:
“I just went after the ball and tried to grab it. I try and have a good idea of where I think the ball is going to bounce off the rim and just get after it and try to grab it with two hands. Wish I would’ve got one more, though. That would’ve been nice.” 

On winning at all costs no matter the size of the guys on the court:
“When you’re going up against a guy like Patric Young who’s huge, it was good to see Frank [Kaminsky] battle him down low. Kept him in check pretty good—2-for-6—that’s pretty good. And he made some free throws. So overall, really good job on him. To have a guy like Nigel [Hayes], as a freshman, to come in there and step up and give us big minutes is huge. We’re going to need contributions from everyone all around.”

Sam Dekker

On what a win against a ranked team shows what this team is capable of, especially right now:
“Someone told me out there that they kind of threw us in the deep end to start the year. I don’t really look at it that way. We’re a good team playing against other good teams. We’ll learn a lot from these games. We made a lot of mistakes today—myself included. Stuff that we need to correct. Stuff that we will correct. We just have to go out there and take it a day at a time and get better every day. It’s nice to get two big wins under our belt. Now we’ve got another good team on Saturday with Green Bay.”

On winning at all costs no matter the size of the guys on the court:
“And I think, stemming off of that, looking at our numbers, having guards that are such good rebounders is a treat for us to have. We might not have all the size, but if Frank and I can go down there and clear out some of those bigs and have Ben come in and grab boards like he does—better than any guard I’ve ever been around—it’s going to be a lot better for us and play into our hands.”

On being named to the Wooden Award watch list and worrying about that type of stuff at this time of the year:
“No, I can’t worry about that stuff at all. Outside noise—there’s going to be stuff going on that’s going to try to get in my head. I just have to let that pass through. It’s an honor to be on that list. It’s cool. But I’ve got a lot of work to do, our team has a lot of work to do. I don’t think I’ve really showed anything. Personally as a player, I thought I played terrible tonight. I’ve got a lot of things to correct and hopefully get better.”

On Traevon Jackson coming up with big shot after big shot, game after game:
“Trae is one of the most mentally tough guys I’ve ever been around. Last year he kind of wore his emotions on his sleeve a little bit. He always ends up hitting the big shot. He’s a totally different person. He’s a great leader for us. No matter how good or bad things are going, he’s always going to be cool and collected in the last minute. He saw the shot clock down at about nine seconds and we kind of just cleared out for him. Trae hits those shots for us and we have confidence in him. He got his little rock step going and got him into that lefty pull-up. He hits that shot everyday in practice and he did it again tonight.”

Ben Brust

On leading team in rebounding:
“I just went after the ball and tried to grab it. I try and have a good idea of where I think the ball is going to bounce off the rim and just get after it and try to grab it with two hands. Wish I would’ve got one more, though. That would’ve been nice.”

On winning at all costs no matter the size of the guys on the court:
“When you’re going up against a guy like Patric Young who’s huge, it was good to see Frank [Kaminsky] battle him down low. Kept him in check pretty good—2-for-6—that’s pretty good. And he made some free throws. So overall, really good job on him. To have a guy like Nigel [Hayes], as a freshman, to come in there and step up and give us big minutes is huge. We’re going to need contributions from everyone all around.”

On Traevon Jackson coming up with big shot after big shot, game after game:
“If you look at the stats, you think maybe, ‘This guy had five turnovers. It’s going to shy him away.’ And that’s what we love about Trae. He can let go of some negatives and just move on. That’s what you need to do in a situation like that. You get the ball. You just have to go with confidence and he does that. That’s what we love about him.”

On getting back in the game when down 16-4:
“Sam Dekker. We started getting some stops defensively. We settled in. Started sticking to our roles a little better, got some stops. We got out and running a little bit, got them scrambling on defense. We did a good job of finding, withdrawing and kicking. We just knocked down a couple shots. I think we just settled down and started playing basketball instead of worrying about what we were going to do.”

On how far away a shot is before Bo says, “Don’t shoot that”:
“I don’t know. You have to be smart with it. You can’t just cross half-court and shoot it. I’d like to sometimes, but I can’t. I know that. Just kind of feel it out. You’d like to make a couple before you step back a little bit farther. I don’t know. I’ll have to test that maybe.”

On showing that it’s a different team than played in Gainesville last year:
“I think each scenario is different. Last year we had just lost Josh and we were still trying to find out way with different things. We definitely looked back at the tape and learned from it. Bu you can’t look at that too much. You kind of have to just move on and realize that it’s a new year, new team. Just kind of attack it with that mentality.”

Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan 

Opening Statement:
“I thought this was a great venue to play a game (in). I think this environment really helped our team. Bo (Ryan) told me before the game that everybody turns off the heat around Madison and comes to the basketball game. It’s a beautiful building; it was a great, great environment, a tremendous experience for our basketball team. Being the second game of the year and playing an opponent like this, I thought we really made some strides from our last game to this game. I thought we had a really, really hard time finishing some plays, particularly around the basket. We missed a lot of lay-ups and finishes around the rim that hurt us. We really did not take an enormous amount of three-point shots in the game, but the plays that we had around the basket we probably didn’t make enough (of them) offensively. I thought there were a couple plays on the defensive end of the floor that probably hurt us. One, on a free throw, we don’t come down with the loose ball. A couple of end of the shot clock situations, the shot that was made at the end there, by (Traevon) Jackson, (Jacob) Kurtz played it really, really well. We didn’t want to give up a three or a lay-up, and we made him take a tough, challenged two, and he made a difficult shot. Obviously, with the lead at three and then it going to five with seven seconds left, that pretty much iced it for them. I though overall, for us, there’s a lot we can take from this.”

On how this year’s Wisconsin squad compares to last year’s:
“It’s a lot different. Last year we played them, I thought they had enormous size – (Jared) Berggren, (Mike) Bruesewitz – they were really, really big. Even (Frank) Kaminsky being on that team, they were a bigger team. I think that offensively, they’ll cause more problems because of the shooting, and they really can space you and they can drive it. They’ve got tough kids. (Sam) Dekker is a problem, especially when they slide him to the ‘four’. I thought it was a good matchup for us tonight because we were small anyway, and (Casey) Prather could match up on him, but on most nights he’ll be a tough matchup. Their team’s a lot different. They play a little bit faster than a year ago. They’re a little bit more dangerous in transition because of the shooting. They’re looking to do two things. They’re either looking to take ‘threes’ or get lay-ups. Their kids do a great job cutting. They cut hard, they move without the basketball, (and) they’re smart. If you’re not down and ready and prepared you’re probably going to give something up.” 

On the teams that play similar to Wisconsin’s styles:
“We play Richmond, and they play a little bit like that. We’ve played Virginia in the NCAA Tournament before, and they’ve been kind of similar over the years. I think for us in the non-conference (season), going against different styles is a good thing. I do think that their style of play has changed this year. Not drastically. I think they’re doing the same things inside the half court, but there’s a lot more freedom for those guys, and I’m sure that Bo feels like with the ability of those guys to shoot, they can probably squeeze off and steal some baskets in transition if you’re not alert and you don’t match up. I really like Jackson as a player because he can really break you down off the dribble, and the rest of those guys are hard, straight-line drivers, and they put pressure on you. I think between them shooting ‘threes’ and them driving, they’re going to be a team in my opinion that’s got an opportunity to get a lot of free-throws with these new rule changes.”

On Dekker’s play:
“He looks like he’s grown quite a bit. I don’t know if he has. The one thing I’ve always respected about Sam is when came out with the USA team before he got here to Wisconsin, he was dealing with an ankle injury. He told me hadn’t played in like a month. We were in Colorado Springs with the altitude, and he looked like the best-conditioned guy that was there. I was really impressed with his stamina, how hard he plays. He’s reckless with his body. He has no regard for his body, and I respect that. He plays really hard. I think his offensive game has really blossomed over the last year. I think his role last year, because of the experienced guys that they had, he probably was a good energy guy who could provide some offensive rebounding, some scoring, some driving. I think he’s in a situation right now where his game will really have a chance to grow. He’ll do a lot more things, inside-out, shooting‘threes’, putting it on the floor.” 

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