Jan. 7, 2012
West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins
On the team's performance today
We did a really good job of guarding. We gave them some back cuts in the first half, but I thought in the second half we did a better job of taking away the back cuts. We had pretty good pressure on their shooters. This is probably the best job we have done for the longest period of time guarding, and they are hard to guard, obviously. We maybe did the best job digesting the scouting report. We still have though lapses that still kind of get us. We are up 11 and we don't block out and the guy scores. That was a big play for them. It got them some momentum going again and then we didn't handle their pressure very well. We just didn't run out press breaker and when we ran our press breaker, we were a whole lot better.
KJ (Kevin Jones) is special. I said on the radio that people need to enjoy watching him because it has been a long, long time since we have had a guy put up the numbers like he is putting up - 22 and 16. He is not selfish and he probably had 15 or 16 points in the first half and he doesn't hunt shots, he just plays and plays to win. It is luxury to have him there to rebound the ball for us.
On Deniz Kilicli being a strong contributor
Deniz just didn't have his best game today. We got to get Deniz healed up. He is playing with a hip and a bad ankle and we have got to get him to rehab those so he is 100 percent again. The biggest problem is that he doesn't get the reps that we need him to get.
On making free throws down the stretch
They have really worked at it. You can do a lot of this over break and they have spent a lot of time in the gym. Gary Browne went 6-6 and has really worked at it. He has really concentrated and worked at it. Aside from Dom (Rutledge) and Deniz, I thought we shot really well. And Deniz has really put the time in, he just missed the first one so bad, I think it bothered him.
On the win and playing in the BIG EAST
It's a win against a heck of a team that is really well coached. The good and the bad thing about this league is that we have one day to get ready for Connecticut. It is hard to enjoy anything.
On Dominique Rutledge
He needs to work on his free throw shooting. This is hard for Dom because Dom didn't play in high school. He took the scenic route in junior college from Kansas to Miami to West Texas so he doesn't have the background that some of our other guys have. He gives us a shot of athleticism. He was really into playing today. We just need to get him into practicing like he was into playing today and then we might have something. He would have a little bit better of an idea of what is going on.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III
For large stretches this year I think we've been a very good defensive team and we were not a good defensive team today. Our communication wasn't where it needed to be and I think that was the game. They executed and our attention to detail, mostly on the defensive end, wasn't where it needed to be to win the game.
I think that we got a couple possessions where it was tied and we had the ball and the ball didn't go in the basket. We could have been a little more patient during those times at the offensive end but again most of it was our turnovers, which led to a lot of transition baskets for them. Our work and our communication and our understanding at the defensive end wasn't where this team has been for the year and it wasn't where it needs to be.
That's part of athletics and that's part of basketball. We've been in this position before so I don't think it's frustration. We had our opportunities and we didn't capitalize on them.
There's a lot more to what we look for on offense than back door cuts. We can go to other options. I thought we threw it down in the post to different people today. So there's always a different option to go to, so if a team wants to take away that, we have other things to go to.