Postgame Quotes vs. Providence

Jan. 16, 2013

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Head Coach John Thompson III

On the difference between the first and second half...
I think they just decided to make the game ugly. Defensively, besides being more aggressive and just running, jumping and scrambling, is what their defense was. I think that changed on their end, on our end, for the most part and I may feel differently when I go back and analyze, I think our "pressbreak" was ok, but then we didn't finish. The main thing once we started missing chippies and easy shots and layups it immediately led to transition baskets for them. Our transition was horrible today.

On what he says to the team to keep them engaged when holding a big lead...
This is BIG EAST basketball. I don't think it was a question of us becoming disengaged. I have to give them credit because they decided to junk the game up a little bit. Even with that, we had several opportunities where we got the ball to the rim and it didn't go in.

On the reason for its strong shooting performances in the past two games...
I think our guys, the last two games, have done a very good job of sharing the ball. We're making the extra pass, we're setting screens, we're cutting hard, which is opening up their teammates. I think the guys are doing a good job of searching for shots for their teammates that are searching for shots for themselves.

On making up for the production of Greg Whittington...
Obviously Greg is one of our better players and we miss him. With that being said you have to adjust and adapt to things strategically as a coach, but at the same time players have to step up and play without forcing it. What I've talked about with them more than anything is who is going to make up for Greg's rebounding? I think a lot of times people think about scoring, but who is going to make up for Greg's rebounding? That is where we've focused the discussions with them.

On the play of Otto Porter and Markel Starks...
They are back into their rhythm. We went through those two losses where Otto had two bad games. We're not going to win to many games and I'm thinking about the Pittsburgh game particularly, where our best three or four players had a bad night; you're not going to win that way. That's not to totally dismiss everything else that happened in that game, but I think both of these guys were very good today. At the end when Otto and Nate fouled out I got terrified. We took care of the ball in a couple of situations where they had traps. Markel was strong with the ball. I feel like, for the most part, we made our foul shots coming down the stretch.

On Aaron Bowen's performance...
He's doing his job. As someone goes down we have to have someone ready to step up. He's getting the opportunity to play and he's made some big plays and we expect him to make plays. The guys out there are confident in him and he's confident in what he's doing. I'm happy to see that he's taking advantage of what's being given to him, but at the same time it's expected.

On Greg's situation and if anything has changed in the last 24 hours...
Insufficient academic process is a violation of team rules, so that didn't change. We got a couple of results this morning where it became more definitive than it was yesterday or prior to that. There was no need to put that out there until we got a read on exactly where we stood, but we got some news this morning and that's probably what changed.

On Aaron Bowen and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's play...
I thought both of them gave us good minutes. D'Vauntes had four rebounds today, but he had 10 rebounds last game and even of those four, some of those were key. He had a key steal off or a rebound or a missed basket. They're basketball players, you guys might not be as familiar with what they're doing or what they can do, but those guys stepped up. Other guys are going to be ready, willing and able when they get their chance, be it Moses, Domingo or anyone else we put in there. John Caprio, they're going to be ready.

Junior Guard Markel Starks

On speed of play and moving the ball as a team...
"We are playing at a much faster pace than we have and I think that just comes with us playing more together.and more cohesively. We just got to keep playing together. So long as we keep sharing the ball and playing together, we will be fine."

On mindset when they were double and triple teaming Markel...
"Find the next open guy, make the game simple. At times, it's hard because so many bodies are flying around, but guys were getting open, so just making the easy play."

On making baskets...
"Well, I'm sure it's a relief to the fan base, but it's also a relief for us as well because we have guys that can shoot and when the ball's going in, it definitely puts smiles on faces (smiles sarcastically).

Sophomore Forward Otto Porter

On Providence's comeback attempt in the second half...
"We knew that they were going to make a run and take some shots. We tried to stay with them and keep our composure and eat the clock."

On playing well despite the loss of key player Greg Whittington...
"The whole team stepped up and continued to play like we've been playing. Even with Greg out, we just need to continue to step up as a team and play Georgetown basketball."

Providence Head Coach Ed Cooley

Opening Statement...
"Obviously the first half we looked lack luster, we didn't play with a lot of energy. Credit Georgetown, you know, they came out with a purpose. We woke up at half time and tried to change the tempo of the game, you knokw, you can't get down to a good basketball team. You know, Georgetown definitely seems to be playing a lot better the past couple of games it seems like they have a lot more synergy on the floor. Physical game, I liked the way we played in the second half and tried to speed up the game, you know, we thought that could present some problems with their size we wanted to use our speed and we just didn't get lucky couple of bad turnovers late in the game. A missed layup here... we missed a ton of layups, credit Georgetown they played well, we got to prepare for Villanova somehow. We got to find a way to get back on a winning track at home and get past this but you have turnovers on the road, you miss layups, and you miss free throws it's going to be hard to win."

On 1-2-2 Strategy and Limit Markel Starks Handling the Basketball...
"Again, when you look at their roster, you know, definitely limited with some of their ball handling; its more precision passing and, you know, more systematic, and they do it as a team and they did a really good job at it. So, you know, we wanted somebody else to be a decision maker."

On Providence's Inability to Pressure Georgetown Defensively...
"You gotta score in order to speed the game up and you know we were throwing it all over the place and missing shots and missing layups. I don't think if the first ten, eleven shots... I don't know if they missed a shot. They came out and made baskets and it's hard to get into your pressure when they're scoring."

On Providence's Second Half Performance...
"We had to spend a lot of energy and I think it was an eight point game and we had an interior play where we missed a wide open guy inside. But that's fair, you know, when you get down everything has to go right for you to get it back to get it to four or three point game but we're not there yet but I saw some good things from our club."

On Providence's Defensive Strategy...
"We did not want to play a lot zone today. Especially when they made a couple of three's early. We wanted to try to play man-to-man based on how we scouted them, again, it's all about reads the way they play, you know, they're very good at it; it's just we got lost a couple of times, a couple of young guys on the floor it's part of the growing experience, frustrating but we got to persevere. Bad is an understatement but you know what I've got to do a better job giving them better defensive concepts and I'll hold myself accountable to this loss."



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