March 14, 2010
West Virginia -60
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. John, what did you expect them to run on that last play as opposed to what you got?
Q. What makes West Virginia so tough to box out especially on the offensive glass?
Q. I think you were 4 of 16 from three tonight. Do you think some of that might have been four games in four nights?
Q. I have a question for Chris: Chris, why did you foul with 27 seconds to go in a tie game?
Q. Coach, you came into the tournament on a little bit of a downer. But it seems like everything flipped around for you in this tournament. How do you look at the way you're coming into the NCAAs?
You know, that being said, I don't think you said we came into this tournament on downer. I don't think this group has ever lost confidence in what we're doing, lost confidence in each other. And that's still true right now. You know, I said this prior to tonight's game, I said this after last night's game, we're playing well. I like where we are going into the NCAA Tournament, and I probably can still say that. We did some things tonight we have to do better, obviously.
But I like the way this group I like where this group is right now heading into the tournament.
Q. Can you just elaborate a bit on what you like them to do better going forward?
Q. Coach, do the four days like this have any lingering effects for next Thursday or Friday, or does it play any role?
Lingering effects, I'm not sure. Get over this quickly and move on. This is not the time. It's March. And we are extremely disappointed, but this too shall pass. We need to move on and get ready for next week. That's hard to say 15 minutes after the fact. It's hard to I'm not at that point yet, neither is this group. We will get there and tomorrow find out where we go and who we play. Whenever we are scheduled to play, we're going to be there and we're going to be ready to roll.
Q. In terms of going up against their front court, what's most challenging in their scheme out there?
Q. Chris, was there ever any thought to pull up for a jumper? When you got the ball did you think I'm going to get the basket on that last play there?
THE MODERATOR: Georgetown, thank you.
THE MODERATOR: Coach Bob Huggins, Da'Sean Butler, Kevin Jones, Wellington Smith.
Q. Da'Sean, talk about the shot at the end.
Q. For Coach and Da'Sean: Do you think with a couple of the teams that were ahead of you falling in their conference tournaments, do you think you've shown enough to the Selection Committee to get a No. 1 seed?
You know, that being said, we're going to enjoy this. We're going to get together tomorrow and watch the Selection Show, find out where we're going to go and who we're going to play.
Q. Da'Sean, (inaudible).
Q. Do you think fatigue was a factor in how you were able to outrebound them so much?
Q. For them.
Q. Coach, two years ago you went to the Duke game, several players spoke about the lack of respect they were getting. Do you think the team gets the respect they deserve now?
But if this isn't the best league in the country, then I just need to quit coaching, because I don't know anything. And the gauntlet that you go through in this league, and the coaches that you coach against in this league, the players that they play against in this league night in and night out, and, you know, I said our non league RPI was second. It was number two. I mean, I don't know what else you have to do.
But, you know, that being said, we don't care. We know what we are. And we talked about that before the game. We know what we are. John F. Kennedy said when they asked him to run for vice president, because he was young, aristocratic and Catholic, he replied, "Why settle for second when first was available?" And that's how we're going to go about things. I mean, that's what is in us. So, you know, I learned a long time ago you don't worry about what other people say.
Q. Da'Sean, as if winning this thing wasn't good enough, can you just talk about winning it here in New York City at Madison Square Garden. You're from Newark, all the guys are from New York.
Q. Up and down the roster tonight, the three games, three solid contributions there, everybody from starters to the bench. It's kind of what you guys had been looking for. Is that accurate?
Q. This is for Wellington: Tonight you've done a very good job on Greg Monroe defensively and also on offense you had some shots early but came back and hit some shots. Your mental approach?
Just happy to be here and just being able to go over the hump with my missed shots the past two games.
Q. Coach, can you talk about Joe Mazzulla with seven assists and no turnovers.
I told them at halftime, we're just going to have to compete and stay competitive and do whatever it is that we have to do to win. We shot 38% against and that's a heck of a team now. They're very good. Very well coached and very good. You shoot 38% and win, you're doing some things right.
Q. This week and this game tonight, is this closer or close to what you guys are capable of?
Q. Coach, you kind of stayed back and watched your team celebrate, and I know these guys obviously worked very hard. What kind of things were you thinking as you watched them celebrate winning the championship?
I just, you know, I want them to enjoy it and receive all the accolades that they deserve. And I think, you know, I think Day (Butler) said it, and I think this is what's special about a group like this. They understand how much it means to the people in the state of West Virginia. And they understand how much it means to the students at our university, and that's because they are part of it. They've done an unbelievable job of becoming part of the community. And it's like the governor told them, you guys might have to help me with exactly what he said, but basically what he said, "You are all West Virginians and you're always going to be." And I think they appreciated that and they take that to heart.
THE MODERATOR: Any other questions? West Virginia, thank you. Congratulations.
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