Quotes: Texas vs. Texas Tech
Jan. 26, 2013
On Ridley racing from the offensive to defensive end in transition: We told him he was going to have to run because if he scored, he was going to be responsible for whoever ran that lane. You know what? He has had a hard week. On Tuesday, he and Prince [Ibeh] had the hardest individual workouts that they have ever had after practice. I liked the way they responded and the way they came back on Thursday and worked at it again. The best part is that he's worked all year. He has worked on getting his weight down. It is a whole new game for him. He has done a much better job with his balance, which has been the reason why he hasn't been able to finish some of those shots. I'm happy for him because of the effort he has put in.
On whether his young team has now surpassed a mental block against winning conference games: That's a good question. I don't know. We haven't harped on that as much as we've harped on why we're not winning. I don't think these guys have ever thought they weren't good enough. I don't think that was ever there. I think that they look at the way that we have lost. I told Sheldon [McClellan] that I didn't think he was as aggressive as he should be. In the last four or five minutes I told him that he needs to get some bite and that he's got to want to ball. He got back to the free-throw line. At the end of the game, other than Papi shooting a three, we managed it pretty well. Again, putting Papi in that position, I thought we would get better offensively really quickly because of him being able to handle the ball. He lets the play develop.
On how important it was for his team to get their first conference win: I think that when you're 0-5, it's important.
On what he was looking for out of Julien Lewis in terms of attacking: More and early. That's why I took him out. We wanted to attack early. He's looking for some certain things. We've talked about it long enough now. When someone pressures you, you have got to drive the ball. He needs to know that when he drives it, they are going to collapse. Even against a zone, when we move the ball and shift a little bit, we're able to create some driving lanes. We came out of a couple of timeouts wanting to go right back to Cam. And when that happens, that is when Juice [Lewis] holds it too long. The fact is, he is very unselfish and he is trying to get other guys involved, regardless of what we have going on.
On how his post players compensated in Jonathan Holmes' absence: We've been through so many different things this year. I don't think they flinched. They came to practice and found a way to work through it. I think the hardest part is that we really appreciate Holmes' effort every single day. Any coach in the country would want to have Holmes. I think they watch what he is doing on his own, down at the other end. There is a chance he might get back. He is down there getting after it - working really hard. But overall, Cam did some things with Papi and Connor Lammert. It was a physical game. I would like to see Prince do more. I thought Jaylen [Bond] did some good things as he continues to play himself back into shape. We have got enough there to compensate for that until we get Holmes back.
Sophomore Julien Lewis
On getting their first Big 12 win: It feels good, but we aren't a losing team so we don't prepare to lose. We prepare to win every game we play, and come out like it's our last game of the season. From now on we just have to keep winning. We weren't thinking about the losing streak coming into today, we were just thinking about winning tonight.
Freshman Cameron Ridley
On taking advantage of the size difference inside: They are pretty small, but their starting five is physically pretty strong. But we definitely wanted to take advantage of our size in the post.
Freshman Ioannis Papapetrou
On the trapping in the full court: They got a couple of turnovers off that, but that was not the jest of it. It was our turnovers on offensive, trying to get offensive and not making smart plays. They got a couple of plays off that that may have gotten them going but I do not think that is the main reason why things did not go our way. It was a mater of when a couple of things do not go our way, when a couple of things make it hard for you to score, the things start to compound and the game gets tough. We have to learn how to play from behind.
On Texas: Texas has lost some tough games, you cannot look at their record, they have played Michigan State, UCLA, and others. They have played some good teams and they have played them tough. They have lost some games in conference, but you cannot look at their record and say anything negative about them but they are bunch of young guys. I knew that coming into the game that we wanted to take Felix and McClellon out of the game, so we had to reply on our guys in the inside to be physical and hopefully those guys would not get a lot of points, but they got a lot of shots in the paint. That was the risk that we took but the other Texas players made some plays early in the game.