Postgame Quotes vs. Pittsburgh

Jan. 9, 2013

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Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III

On if the offensive strategy was to get the ball in the paint early...
Yes, did go in wanting to get the ball on the inside. They did a very good job of making sure that didn't happen, so we were unsuccessful with that.

On the team's uncharacteristic turnovers...
Quite honestly, I thought that they were extremely physical and that relates to scoring in the post and our turnovers. I think we were waiting for the refs to make the adjustment instead of taking it into our own hands.

On if the offensive struggles affected the defense...
I'm not sure if one is related to the other. Our defense was nowhere near where it has been all year. I'm not sure if that's related to the offensive end or not.

On his feeling after a lopsided loss to Pittsburgh...
It's embarrassing. This group hasn't not responded like we did today. I don't think that's characteristic of who this group is, but today was very disappointing. We have some things we need to address and know we need to address and that will be addressed. I know this isn't who we are, but tonight it's very disappointing.

On Georgetown's offensive struggles and any adjustments that will be made...
It's not just bad luck with the rims. We've continued and tried to make changes as the season's gone on. It's not like we're just sticking our heads in the sand and say hey let's not worry about it. We've worked on a lot of different things as the season has gone on.

On Georgetown's defensive effort...
You have to give them credit. They got hot relative to how they have been playing. A lot of those looks were open. You play against a team like that, and it showed up today, we scouted them, we talked about how they will hold the ball for 30-seconds and try to score in the last five and you go back over the game tape and there were four, five, six times, maybe even more where they scored with under five or six seconds. They're one of those teams, because of the way they hold the ball offensively that you have to be attentive for 35-seconds. That level of attentiveness, which we have been pretty good about, was not there today.

On the technical foul called against him...
You have to ask the official that. I don't think I did anything that was out of character for me or wasn't doing for most of the game. Was I out of the box? Yes. Now, if you watch as many games as I do maybe, people get out of the box.

On how he helps the team get past missing open shots...
We have to figure that out, because we're missing wide open shots. I don't know, we have a lot of things we need to work on. We always say, you try not to let a breakdown or a bad possession affect what happens at the other end of the court, but our guys are confident, they're ball players. It's not like these guys are little babies, so they know you're going to miss shots, you have to keep playing.

On how Pittsburgh's offense worked against Georgetown...
Clearly it worked a lot better against us today than it did against Rutgers and Cincinnati. I think it was a collective effort. Woodall was terrific, there's no doubt about it. He had the ball in his hands and he was very good. He makes them go and he made them go today. But I thought all of their guys were pretty good today, as a collective unit I thought they were good.

Georgetown Forward Nate Lubick

On Steven Adam's Performance...
"Yeah, he's a big strong kid, we couldn't figure it out. We struggled obviously rebounding in both halves; I think he's a pretty big part of that."

On Turnover Woes...
"Yeah, it's frustrating. We try to remain positive and get ourselves going. We had a surge there and we got some offensive rebounds in the second half and we tried to play out of that and came out of the time out and they score eight straight points and we never responded."

On Georgetown's Loss...
"I think that's on all of us. The older guys, the younger guys you know as coach said we need things to address and they will be addressed. We have to remain positive that we're going to fix these things and move on from there."

Georgetown Forward Otto Porter

On Today's Performance...
"We just tried to come out in the second half and pick a lot of things out. We knew we were down a lot but I mean we've been there before.... Things just didn't go our way."

Pittsburgh Head Coach Jamie Dixon

Opening Statement...
"Obviously, very proud of our guys and how we responded to a disappointing start for us. Obviously, we really came out and played well and I know how good of a team Georgetown is so it even means more so I know they are going to respond and come back in similar to the way we responded to a loss and they're a great program and a great team. We just made some shots early; I think we got some confidence. We didn't make shots in the last one and I think it got us going but our defensive intensity, pressure I thought aggressiveness was key for us and I thought it really got us going and got us going offensively. Can't say enough, every guy played well for us, we played 10 guys we used our depth to our advantage and very proud of how we did. We practiced really well the last 2 days here in DC, we stayed here and it was good for us. We went short but we went hard and it was something we really gained some knowledge, some confidence, and understanding of how we are going to need to play."

On Tonight's Victory...
"I just thought we made some shots and got some bounces early. I think our confidence got going and we just stayed with it. I think it was a day we were making some shots and they weren't and we needed to do what we needed to do on the defensive end and rebounding so I think they'll be back and ready to play in their next one be the team as good as we know they are."

On the Rivalry with Georgetown...
"They're one of the best programs in the country, we've have a great rivalry, we've had a great tradition. We love coming here because we have players from here. They're a great program, great coach, great players, for whatever reason... I think it's great that we have so many fans here, always. That's something we look forward too. It says a lot about our people that live here in the area. We played well, they're a great program and a great team and they're going to be back here, I know."

On Continuing the Rivalry with Georgetown...
"I don't know how we can do it. Obviously, we love playing here. They're a great program, great institution, great school but we're going get asked that question... every team that we've play and the schedule doesn't leave that many opportunities. I would, obviously we would like to play here, more. Probably look more into the Feinstein game or whatever we can kind of how like we've always played in New York in Madison Square Garden. I think we're going to have to find a way to play here as well but I don't know if we're going to have enough games to do everything that we are going to want to do."



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