Nov. 22, 2013
Georgetown Coach John Thompson III: "Yesterday was horrible, horrible. I don't want to say that to take anything away from Northeastern, but yesterday was horrible. I thought we were pretty good today."
"If you're asking if we had a conversation last night, yes we did. I think, I hope, I pray, that today is more indicative of who we are. I thought that our overall attention to detail was much better today. Our overall willingness to help each other at both ends of the court was much better today. Our ability to do it for longer stretches in a possession, meaning defensively not breaking down after 10-15 seconds or offensively not looking to force something and just chuck up a long shot. Two much different games - obviously the outcome was much different, but I also think our mindset was much closer today to where it has to be."
"When Josh Smith is in the game, we have an advantage in the paint. He's someone that's going to command attention. He's an unselfish player, so when they double him, playing inside-out is something that we always want to do."
"From their perspective, it's good to see Thomas Gipson back on the court. He's a presence down there, he's poised, he takes his time. You watch the few tapes of them when he wasn't playing and look at last year, they're a much different team. Our post guys did a good job of putting pressure on him when he was on defense, our offensive end, but he is a very good player."
Georgetown Guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera: "Taking that loss yesterday, it settled in with us not very well obviously. We went over the film and had to come in basically right after that and study Kansas State. Basically what we wanted to do was suck it up and come out with a win today. Unfortunately we had to suffer that loss yesterday, but that can't be what motivates us to win games. We bounced back today and got the win."
Georgetown Center Joshua Smith: "We knew we had to be more aggressive, but it was two different games. Yesterday Northeastern played a 3-2, Kansas State is more of a man team, which plays to our advantage with what we want to run. We knew going in we'd have to be aggressive and that it'd be a lot of one-on-one coverage. With me, you know, if you play me one-on-one, I'm going to be aggressive every time."
Kansas State Coach Bruce Weber: "Obviously the start of the game really got us in a hole. You can't do that against good teams and we caught them after a very tough loss. For them and their program, I'm sure they were a little extra motivated. They definitely played as well as they could. I thought they shot the ball better, picked on us with different people on the backdoors and the quick posts and things and spread us. We did compete and fight back to get it to 16-12, but boom right away they get it back up to where it's double digits. You're just fighting uphill the whole game. We have to play better, we don't have much size and we're going to have to do a better job of playing post defense. Because of their system, they've got you spread out so much, hopefully if we would have had a day or so prep we could've competed a little better, but we didn't and got our butts spanked. Now you've got to deal with it and move forward."
"The biggest issue with this team...I think determination, understanding what we are, all those things are important. We actually played better offensively and only got 63. We're not shooting great - we shot less threes, I thought we were a little more patient, got to the free throw line a bit better, offensive rebounds - but at the same time we've got to play smarter. At the beginning it was very, very physical, and we didn't deal with it very well. That's where a lot of the turnovers came in and they got into transition. If you let them get into transition and they run their stuff, it puts you in a bind."
"We'll see what leadership is about and toughness and see if we can manage something out of the weekend."
"They made some shots today. They made a couple runners, guys that never make those shots, and that's their credit, some games are like that. They made the threes. You know, we talked about mixing it up, playing zone. We had one day prep against their stuff, some of our guys don't even know what Princeton offense is. Our freshman, they've never seen this. They kind of got us anyway they wanted to and made shots. Northeastern got them tight and then they didn't react to it very well. Today, we never got it over the hump to get them where they got out of rhythm."
Kansas State Coach Thomas Gipson: "We've just got to stick together. Coach really harps on leadership. The older guys need to be better leaders for the younger guys, we're kind of messing up on that. Right now we're not a true team, we kind of play individually on the court. We still have time to bring it together before Big 12 play. We just have to use these losses as learning lessons for the future."
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