Quotes: Texas vs. Coppin State
Nov. 12, 2012
On improving the zone: We’ve got to add to it. Guys were listening during time outs. We trapped in the corner and we haven’t practiced that, we drew it in the huddle. They did it exactly how they were told and we forced a turnover. It was good.
On getting experience: We’re excited to get everyone back but guys are getting good experience. Go down the list, Papapetrou played 28 minutes, Cameron Ridley played 17, and there were 21 and 20 minutes from two other freshmen. It’s good for these guys.
On Myck Kabongo: Not playing weighs on him. He’s done everything he can in practice to continue to help these guys. In the last two and a half weeks we’ve kind of had to remake ourselves without him. We’re just going to have to find a way to get it done.
On Sheldon McClellan: I thought he did really good. We needed him on the floor. The zone was good for him, too, but I’m excited about having this young group and we have something we can build on.
On making more shots: We had a lot of turnovers so offensively we didn’t look good at all tonight. We’re not satisfied. We just have to get better offensively.
On the defensive pressure: At the beginning of the game we missed shots because of the pressure. Guys were losing the ball so we have to work on fundamentals.
On his shooting: I’m a different guy this year. I’m not discouraged by my missed shots or anything like that because I know Coach Barnes wants me to score and help my team. I kept attacking and my teammates did a good job of finding me today.
On his role in the team: I think I’m going to do whatever I must do. I’ll do whatever Coach Barnes tells me to do. I’m going to go out and do my best. I’ll go out and play hard.
Head Coach Ron “Fang” Mitchell
Opening Statement: It was a very tough game. Very ugly. I thought that Texas intimidated us a little bit today. I don’t know why, but that’s the way it was. You got to be able to hit jump shots. If you don’t hit jump shots, the results are what you saw out there tonight.
On Texas’ size: They did challenge some shots. We are young, but I don’t use that as an excuse. They [Coppin State players] didn’t shoot the ball as I know they are capable of shooting. It just becomes a problem. Then you start pressing, and in that situation that’s not going to help you either. It went from not shooting well to turning the basketball over. That’s disastrous.
On defensive game plan against Texas: We knew Sheldon [McClellan] was a shooter. We wanted to do better on him than what we did tonight. We have been playing pretty good defense. We wound up coming out of our zone and into man-to-man, and I thought we did a pretty good job. We wanted to put pressure on them, because we did understand that they [Texas] were playing with a freshman point guard. When it’s a freshman point guard, and I have been around long enough, it’s still going to be a problem for them. I don’t care how good he is. I thought we did an adequate job of putting pressure on them.
On facing Texas’ zone defense: I was surprised from the beginning that they went into the zone. We are small, a lot of the times we are playing with four guards. I didn’t expect that. I also didn’t expect us to brick as many of those shots that we had, and those opportunities to score. But that’s how life goes.
On physicality of game: We expected to get banged around in here. It’s a game for big boys. If you are immature, you don’t deserve to be out there.
On impressions of Texas freshman F/C Prince Ibeh and the Longhorns interior defense: (Ibeh) intimidated us a lot. That did cause problems for us. We did have good looks at one point, but he changed that and altered a lot of shots. I looked at the stat sheet and I saw only six blocks, but I thought I was watching another game. If they [shots] weren’t rejected, they were intimidated.