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Georgetown 87, Jacksonville 55 - Post-Game Quotes
December 9, 2007
Verizon Center

Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III
On guard depth...
"We, moreso than at any time since I've been here, have depth and quality depth at the guard spot. They talked last year about how deep we were and it was just up front, we weren't deep at all. With the group we have this year with John, Jesse, Jeremiah and Chris they all have different strengths and different weaknesses."

On the play of freshman guard Chris Wright...
"I've said it before, Chris (Wright) learns fast. His understanding of what we're trying to accomplish and how we're trying to accomplish it is way beyond the normal freshman guard having sat out five weeks, six weeks and being however many games we are into the season."

On turnovers...
"When you play at a faster pace there are going to be more turnovers so that is something that will happen. With that being said, we still have to do a better job of taking care of the ball."

On committing their first foul with a minute left in the first half...
"We need to be more aggressive. I'm not saying you want to go in there whacking away, but we need to be more aggressive than we have been. I have to go through the tape, but I don't know if us committing our first foul with a minute left (in the first half) is a good thing. Along with having more players you don't have to pace yourself, you don't have to be as cautious in terms of how you defend and how you pursue the ball."

On Jacksonville...
"You have to give Chris some credit. That is a team that two years ago won one game. But they've gone out (this season) and played some very difficult teams and have that program moving in the right direction. They have a very good group of kids. The kid (Ben) Smith is one of the most productive guards in the country coming into this game, he's a tough player and their big kids are pretty good. "

Georgetown Sophomore Guard Jeremiah Rivers
On playing a fast-tempo style offense...
"We enjoy doing it as much as possible. We have had the opportunity to push the ball more this year. Fortunatley in this game we were able to run more, but we realize we can't run all the time."

Sophomore Forward DaJuan Summers
On Coach Thompson calling the team 'Scary Good'...
"One day in the locker room, Coach Thompson said we have the chance to be scary good. Each time we go out on the court we have potential to do something good. We have been able to slow down games, pound it inside to Roy or be quick in transition. Teams will always have a difficult time preparing against us."

Jacksonville Head Coach Cliff Warren
On Georgetown's quick start and strong performance...
"They're very good. They shot the ball extremely well tonight, they made 11 threes. I don't think they have done that so far this year, so in the scouting report we talked about contesting shots and contesting threes; we didn't do a good job of that tonight, but again give them credit, making 11 threes is quite an accomplishment. If they can do that throughout the year, they'll be back in the Final Four."

On whether or not he was surprised by the pace of Georgetown's attack...
"Being from the area, and being good friends with JT and Robert Burke and all the staff, we talk all the time and I think I knew exactly what was coming, but again, it's hard to stop. I think they did a better job than what I expected of breaking our press and just going and attacking the basket. We wanted to play our game and slow the game down, and as you said, we thought they were going to be a little more deliberate. They wanted to just attack the basket."

On game plan for today...
"The scouting report is one of the things we talked about. We wanted to kind of make the game ugly; we wanted to try to get those guys to turn the ball over. We were very conscious of Georgetown telling their players to get the ball to Roy Hibbert. Watching the Alabama game, they didn't get the ball to him as much as they would have liked so we knew this game...again, we're not as big and not as athletic, but we knew they'd go inside. But I think we did an excellent job of keeping the ball away from him and turning those guys over.

On Georgetown...
"They share the basketball, and that's a credit to the coaching staff. They share the basketball; they had 20-some-odd assists. Any time you have 20-plus assists on 33 made baskets, I think that's a credit to their coaching staff and to their team just playing as a team. I think the teams that advance throughout the year and in their conference and in the NCAA tournament are the teams that share the basketball.

 

 

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