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Feb. 23, 2009

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Head Coach John Thompson III Quotes
On Louisville's First Half Shooting...
"Everything about that is difficult to overcome. They played well; it felt like they got open shots and they put them in the basket. They were 6 for 6 in the first half from the three. They got a couple more in the second half but they executed well."

On Georgetown's seasons performance...
"For most of the year, we've had a lot of peaks and valleys. We got to the point where I thought we were limiting that in terms of our execution and where we should be and then today we had peaks and valleys again. We have to continue to get better executing and have to on both ends of the floor."

On Georgetown's Execution...
"A couple of times we didn't get to the spots we were supposed to...we didn't get there as quickly as we should have to help out getting the ball up the court. They do a very good job of pressuring the ball and making it difficult for you to initiate your offense."

On Georgetown's Post Season Opportunities...
"We have to play significantly better than we did today. The beauty of being in this conference...you go to New York and you get the chance to fight and get the chance to win it. We have to continue to improve and we have to be better once we get to New York. It's a simple as that."

On Georgetown's Strategy...
"I'm comfortable with everyone on the team, so we were just trying to find groups that can be affective....just trying to find the pieces to piece it together to get a run, to get a few stops, to get a few baskets. Once you lose, you don't feel as good about yourself; it's as simple as that. We have to figure out how to feel good about ourselves and the good things will happen."

Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino
On playing zone in the first half...
"We only had one day preparation. In our walk-through I felt we were a little fatigued from the Cincinnati game. We were going to go man off their zone, which we often did. We played 30-percent man off their zone. It's very difficult to play a lot of man when you don't have much preparation time against a team like Georgetown. Our guys did a good job in the zone and we were saving our legs."

On shooting 70-percent in the first half...
"I thought we were doing a good job, but we were just turning it over too much, that was killing us. It's evident, if you look at it, every time we shoot a high percentage, look at the shooting percentage of the backcourt in the second half. The press gives us another dimension, not only getting us steals, but physically wearing us down."

On being 13-2 in BIG EAST play...
"I thought all of us, Connecticut, Pittsburgh four or five was going to win it and I was hoping to be 12-6. I talked to Kenny (Kline) about it that if we were 12-6 we'd be a good tournament team. I thought that would be a very good season, 12-6, with the league this year. But we've been a great road team, the best road team in the BIG EAST over the last three years and that's one of the reasons why we're 13-2."

On Georgetown's youth...
"When they evaluate and you vote it's on how much talent do you have in your senior and junior class regardless. Outside of the Fab Five I haven't seen too great teams with freshmen and sophomores. They're talented, they're good, they can get wins, but it's just experience that comes in the last ten minutes. Georgetown is going to be great. They came off back-to-back BIG EAST Championships, but they're young and young teams don't win consistently in the BIG EAST."

Georgetown sophomore guard Chris Wright
On his team shooting 3-for-16 from three-point range...
"We just weren't hitting it. At the same time, we've just got to try to keep playing and make shots."

On taking the ball to the rim and trying to draw the foul when the three-point shots weren't falling...
"Everybody wanted to try to attack the basket, try to get to the free throw line, try to get their big men in foul trouble, get some second shots and not die by the three (pointer)."

On his team closing the first half on a 7-0 run to cut the halftime deficit to 10 points...
"I think it helped our mood at that time. It was good momentum going into halftime. "That was an important stretch for us and we were able to capitalize on their mistakes."

Georgetown freshman center Greg Monroe
On the team not having calls or bounces go their way...
"You don't get the bounces (and) you don't get the calls every time. You just have to keep playing."

On playing a team with good big men like Louisville...
"They come at you in waves. They throw some people out of rhythm."

 

 

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