Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin 81, Cal 56


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Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan Postgame Quotes
Wisconsin vs. California
Dec. 2, 2012
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.

Bo Ryan

Production in the rebounding against California:
“When you shoot around 50 percent or a little better, there’s not as many to go get. So we shot the ball better, so that might have been a part of it. It’s about positioning. Sometimes it’s about the way the ball bounces. Some games some teams shoot flatter shots and there are longer rebounds. Some teams shoot softer shots, so (rebounds) are more around the basket. It isn’t a science, it’s an opportunistic part of the game. Every shot that’s taken is a loose ball, so how many do you get and how many does the other team get? Some nights you’re a little better than others.”
 
On Sam Dekker’s aggression offensively in the first half:
“He was able to get a couple creases and he’s pretty good at finishing around the basket. Other teams that we play take that away. Some teams, because of the way they play, he might get a couple of those--as long as you’re finishing strong…Like the possession he drove baseline into two or three guys, that’s not what we do. He realized that, so he learned from that…He’s just learning. But, he did give us a good spark.”
 
On trouble at the free-throw line and turnovers:
“In a game like this we had more free throws. It’s who’s shooting them certain times. There are certain guys you want to be at the free-throw line more than others. We led the country that one year, because the right people were getting to the free-throw line and making them. This year, we’re not doing as good a job as we need to do. I think on the turnovers some times, if the team is aggressive they also open us up to some easy baskets. Depending on how many points you’re scoring--if you have that many turnovers and you’re scoring 50-something points, that is a really bad night. You have to take a look at how many assists you had. You have to live with it, because it’s already been played. But, if you do that night in and night out against teams who don’t extend out that much, no, you can’t end up with that many.”
 
On Zak Showalter seeing the floor more:
“He plays the game with a passion, like it matters to him. He wants to make something good happen. He’s a spark plug, especially defensively at times. He’s still got a lot to learn about the college game...He’s a guy that has to give us good minutes. We’re in that positon now where he, [Ben Brust], [Traevon Jackson] and [George Marshall] have been playing better some nights than others. Between those four we’ve got to find guard play. That’s just the way it is. They’re trying to give it to us.”
 
On defensive effort on the day:
“I thought we did a pretty good job of Cobbs, because he’s been scoring like crazy. Crabbe went through that one little stretch, but then, when you’re up 20-25 and a guy is firing 3’s from 28 feet, I’m going to say, ‘We don’t go out there to foul those guys,’ but we did. [Crabbe] was taking a lot of shots down the stretch. He was looking for his. We’ve just got to guard him. But that one stretch where he hit like three in a row in the first half on the little curl, we weren’t getting the exchange we needed to get. I think that’s probably because against Virginia we hedged and we broke our rules and the other team got four points. I think we did a better job of sticking with our rules, making a guy make a jump shot rather than a layup or power move at the basket. They have two guys that can score on anyone in the country.”

California Head Coach Mike Montgomery

Opening statement:
“I can’t say I didn’t expect a little of this based on the week of practice we had. We just didn’t have a very good week of practice. I know Bo Ryan’s teams well enough to know what you’re going to get when you come here. Virginia came in and beat them and I knew we were going to get them at their best in terms of their physicality. They shot the ball well. They shot it maybe a little better than I would’ve anticipated across the board. Trying to explain to our guys what might happen and how it was going to be, we emphasized the rebounding, in terms of them sending two or three guys to the board.

Mostly what I’m disappointed about was we lost our poise. We didn’t compete. There was a point we turned the ball over a lot and then turned into 25 points off turnovers and you just can’t have that. Two things you stress are turning the ball over and not giving up second-chance points. We gave up 43 (second-chance points), so that didn’t give us a very good opportunity to win. We had ‘fumblitis’ out there. Those guys couldn’t catch any passes. There were some early passes inside that might have led to baskets or some fouls on them, but we couldn’t catch the ball and kept dropping the ball. That frustrated us. It kind of all went downhill.

The only thing I can hope is that we learn from this. Kids are kids and they don’t always understand how hard you have to play--especially against a Big Ten team here--to get wins. I can say we could’ve come out and played a whole lot harder and still not won, but I would’ve liked to seen us compete.” 

On Sam Dekker jumpstarting the Wisconsin offense:
“Sam is good. He’s a good player, there’s no question about that. He’s the real deal. He could be stretch-four or a three. He’s got a really nice stroke and is very, very confident for a freshman. He came in--I think he probably surprised Allen one time--he posted up and Allen got a foul on him. We knew he was a good shooter facing (the basket), but [Wisconsin] also posted him up and they ran a little different wrinkle.” 

On Wisconsin’s shooting performance:
“They shot over 50 percent from the floor. That’s not good news for us. They shot the ball really well. Some of it surprised us, frankly. Brust played great. We knew Brust was capable. With a lot of the tape we watched, we saw him miss a lot of shots, but tonight he didn’t miss a lot of shots. He got confident and got rolling. They had somebody they could go to it seemed like in Brust. Berggren was their inside and is really a nice player. [Bo Ryan’s] teams are smart. They don’t make a lot of mistakes, they move the ball well, they have great distribution and spacing.”

Wisconsin Player Postgame Quotes

On the difference between rebounding vs. Virginia on Wednesday and tonight vs. California:

Jared Berggren “There really aren’t any secrets to it, rebounding a lot of times is just effort and intensity and it’s just a mindset.  On Wednesday we didn’t do a good job of playing with the toughness that we needed to in order to be successful and I thought we did a better job of that tonight and the numbers showed that too.”

Mike Bruesewitz “We just played harder. We got a lot of rebounds and loose balls and that was the biggest thing. We took care of the small stuff, and that results in a lot more rebounds I guess.”

On whether certain plays where hustling and drawing fouls really change the turn out of the game:

Mike Bruesewitz “Definitely, it’s not a big secret that we have to play harder than teams to beat them and that’s the simplest thing. The team that plays harder generally wins, and that’s what we did tonight. Little things like that take a big game and really change the outcome. All of a sudden you wonder why teams are winning and little things like that are the reason why.”

On whether shooting inside the 3-point line better today compared to Wednesday was because of more looks or doing a better job of finishing:

Ben Brust “I think there were a lot of the same looks, it was just a matter of stepping up to the plate and being a man and finishing the play. It was good that the looks were there again. We just need to continue finishing them from here on out.”

Jared Berggren “It’s a combination of things, sometimes it’s shot selection. Sometimes we settled for fade-aways or off-balance shots when if you go in stronger you have better balance and get your eyes up on the rim and have a better chance of finishing them. We did a better job of that tonight and sometimes it’s just the way the ball bounces too. When we have nights when we’re not shooting particularly well that’s when we need to rely on our defense and I thought defensively we played a lot better today too.

On the key in defending Justin Cobbs:

Ben Brust “I think both Cobbs and (Allen) Crabbe were shooting really, really high percentages so just sticking with our rules and making them work hard for everything they got. Once they shoot you’ve got to finish the play and rebound, so I think overall it’s just making sure that we’re working hard and working them and making sure that they’re having to work on both ends of the floor.”

On keeping California on their feet defensively:

Jared Berggren “Really just playing our game, there are no secrets to what we’re trying to do. Offensively, we’re trying to move the ball, make hard cuts and try to touch the post. I thought I did a decent job with that. I know I had one turnover. When we’re getting the ball inside, they were looking to double a little bit and we did a decent job of moving out of that. We could still do better with that, but that was one key right there.”

Mike Bruesewitz “I think defensively we did a good job of pinching and squeezing the floor. With Cobbs getting in the lane we tried to drop it off a few times to the bigs. Our guards did a good job of coming down and helping us out. Another thing was just getting our hands on the ball, we don’t really track tips, but if we were to look at this game and how many tips we had and how many resulted in steals, that’s one of the biggest things that happened in this game.”

On whether being out-played especially as seniors is something the players take personally and use as motivation looking forward:

Jared Berggren “You definitely take it personally when you get out-toughed. With the Virginia game, that’s something that we never want to have happen, and that’s something that we can usually hang our hats on in this program is playing harder than people and being tougher than people and out-working guys. That’s something that we obviously got away from on Wednesday, and I don’t think we’ve done a great job in the early part of the season but I liked the fight in the guys today, we played a lot harder. Like Mike said, the guards were helping down a lot better and that’s what we’ve got to do defensively. When the big guy steps up to help, the guard has to pinch on the backside. We did a great job of that today, getting a lot of deflections and those are just energy plays and hustle plays that we’ve got to make and we did a better job of that today.”

On whether there is a change in practice after a loss like on Wednesday:

Jared Berggren “It’s pretty much the same thing. Coach Ryan is all about consistency; it’s the same thing day-in day-out. Obviously there’s a lot to learn in the film session from a game like that. Once we get on the court it’s the same focus, same intensity every single day. That’s a big part of why we’ve had a consistent program here.”

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