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Wisconsin vs. Cal Poly Postgame Quotes


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Dec. 16, 2009

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Wisconsin vs. Cal Poly
Postgame Quotes

Dec. 16, 2009

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan
On Wisconsin’s strong effort despite the score…
“Except for a four minute stretch there in the first half. I would say they did (play their hardest). We ran good cuts we took care of the ball. But you’re not thinking of the other team when you are doing your thing and you’re not thinking about the score. You’re just thinking about playing the game the way it should be played all the time. I thought our guys did a pretty good job of that tonight and it’s still about doing the right things. If you do that with the lights on and the scoreboard on no matter what the environment, no matter what the night. Sometimes teams will look like a million dollars and other times team for whatever reason, including ours, just can’t quite get things to happen for them. And we got the lead and they had to play from behind. Needless to say, they played last night. They were on kind of a streak and playing pretty well, but once we got the lead then I think it forced them to do some things they weren’t comfortable with and that was to our advantage.”

On Jon Leuer as Wisconsin’s top post player…
Well I think he worked hard in the post tonight. He’s been working hard in the post and on the perimeter and making good decisions with the ball and using his body well. He still has room for improvement just like everybody else and he’s willing to continue to work at that at practice. He’s playing like he just got on the team. He’s trying to improve himself everyday and that’s the way you have to play.

On Trevon Hughes’ 1,000th point tonight…
“They are exciting times as far as…I’m not sure if my end was exciting to you guys, but that doesn’t matter. For Trevon (Hughes), in four years, to put those kind of numbers up and play on teams that probably average 24 or 25 wins a year or whatever its been, that’s saying a lot. He’s doing that on teams where he’s not the only scorer that we’re looking to get 20 points  and 25 shots a game. He’s done that in a very democratic offense and system, and he has carried his load and then some. He has also improved defensively. I don’t know if they have a thousand good plays defensively that they reward guys for. Maybe we should start another category. They happen to do it with points. That’s tremendous, that’s quite an accomplishment and that just shows it can happen here. If you are a player you can play anywhere and get things done and he’s proving that here.”

On Keaton Nankivil’s improvement…
“He was comfortable. He was open quite a bit, but sometimes you just have to say ‘That guy has to prove that he can hit the shot from out there again.’ Keaton (Nankivil) hadn’t been doing that lately as much, as before so, you pick your poison. Him knocking those shots down were pretty good. Just told him he wasn’t Joe Montana on that pass he tried to hit J-Bo (Jason Bohannon) along the baseline and then I had to ask him after the game, ‘Do you know who Joe Montana was? Or is?’ and he said ‘Yes.’ He knew who he was.”


Wisconsin Players

Jon Leuer

On the game slowing down for him...
“Any time you’ve been playing in a system for two years, that experience helps. But right now, I’m just trying to be aggressive and be assertive. Whenever I’m out there, if I get a chance, if an opportunity presents itself to make a play, I’m just going to try to make a play, whether that’s attacking the rim or drawing help and finding my teammates. Like I said, I’m just trying to be aggressive.”

On playing in the post...
“That’s something I definitely wanted to work on this off-season, which being more of a post presence. I feel like I’ve gotten a little bit better at that. I still feel like that’s a real good improvement. But any time we get the ball in the post that’s good for us because the defense has to make a decision, so any time we get in there we just want to be efficient and get something out of it. That’s all I’m trying to do from there, just make a play from there.”


Trevon Hughes:
On playing the game after gaining such a large lead...
“It’s difficult to keep thinking about it. You just go out there and play ball and try to make plays for the team. It’s going to be easy. But at the time, in the back of your mind, you’re going to make a mistake trying to play perfect, like robots out there. So just trying to go out there and play our game. We have to stay aggressive throughout the 40 minutes and if we let up that’s when mistakes happen.”

On the team’s consistent offense tonight...
“It was fun because our offense was clicking tonight. We’ve been playing as a team. I feel like everybody is moving well, we’ve been playing great defense and, if somebody did get beat, we had help and recovered. I think everyone was on point even though finals are coming down. We thought we may be a little out of focus coming into this game, once the jump ball came everybody was just real focused. We just knew the time is at hand to play our game of Wisconsin basketball soon and play good defense and that’s what we did.”

On scoring point number 1,000...
“Well it was a jump shot and they gave me a 2-pointer, I think it was supposed to be 3, but it was like a great opportunity. Obviously I came out tonight and I couldn’t miss. In the first half, the only thing that slowed me down was halftime. We had a joke about it today at lunch, me and Keaton [Nankivl] and J-Bo [Jason Bohannon]. They reminded me about it, just nine points, and I tried to get it in the first two minutes, and I almost did.”


Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero
Opening comment...
“I think that what you saw was a very, very good Wisconsin basketball team. I can see how you win games and how you beat Duke and how you turn around and, like the other night, beat Marquette. What you saw was a very fatigued and flat Cal Poly team. What we tried to do tonight was try to simulate what it would be like if we got to a tournament. The Big West tournament is a tournament where we might play back-to-back or three games in one night, so we tried to have one series of events in which we would play back-to-back nights. We played last night at South Dakota State and then flew here late last night. We knew we bit off more than we could chew but, at our point in our program, this is something that we needed to do. So congratulate the outstanding team that you have here and the exciting run towards the tournament.”

On Cal Poly’s travel schedule...

“As far as getting here, it wasn’t too bad. Fortunately, we were able to charter a flight from Brookings [S.D.] to Madison. We got in at 11:30 [p.m.]. By the time we got off the bus here it was 12 [a.m.] and we got in bed around 12:30 or 1:00 [a.m.]. I’m not so sure that the actual time of travel was as devastating as was the emotional energy of getting our first road win. We had won three in a row and we were excited about that. We wanted to carry some momentum from a great victory for us. We played seven of our first nine games on the road. We’ve been all the way from Arkansas-Little Rock and bounced around to the Northwest and bounced around to the Bay Area and Stanford. I think you have seen a team that just got done with finals and was geared up and focused and had some great energy yesterday. As much energy as we had on the positive last night, I think you saw the equal and opposite reaction tonight. I think if we had an ‘A’ game, it’s maybe a 20-to-25 point loss. When you come in with a ‘D’ energy and ‘D’ execution, that’s when you see the lopsided scores like you see tonight against a top-25 team, in my opinion.”

On falling behind early...
“We actually said that the only real chance we felt we had tonight was if we had one of those nights where we shoot 60-65 percent from the perimeter and they shot 25 percent. We knew a couple guys that we were going to have to cheat off and the guys we cheated off went ahead and knocked down some threes. When the posts stepped out and were able to make the perimeter shot, and we try to cheat down and help on post action, I think from that point it was evident at an eight or 10 point lead. It’s a lot easier to shoot the ball when you’re ahead by 10, 15 or 20. The hoop gets bigger. From our side, our kids were feeling that tension of being in front of 17,000 people and having that pressure of being down by 15 or 20 and the game is only 10 minutes old. Kids are kids. It works for and against you,  both ways.”

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