Dec. 10, 2005
December 10, 2005
Quoting Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon
"The guys really came out and played, they got after it on defense. They were definitely hurt by the loss of Ben Luber. We picked up on the pressure and spent a good 40 minutes on defense. We made them take tough shots. The passing was solid throughout and we took good shots and made good offensive rebounds. I'm really proud of John DeGroat's play. I'm happy to be going into finals 7-0."
On offensive rebounding:
"If it's a good shot; everyone knows it's going up, and you're in position to crash and be there. Offensive rebounding is a part of our offense."
On Carl Krauser's play:
He's an unselfish guy, a team guy. The pass to Levon, he could have had a lay-up. There were nine, twenty win season in the past 75 years and he's been here for four of them. He changed things the day he showed this place has won; he's been a great representative of the university. Al he wants to do is win he's a team guy.
On versatility and team depth:
"I think we have some things we dint' have last year. They're lacing in the experience of some teams. Last year we were playing bigger than we would have liked to. We have some guys that are much better players than last year. John and Keith have given us a lot especially on the defensive end."
"Levon does great things that don't show in the score book. He's a great kid too for the stuff he does on campus and for our team."
On Sam Young:
"He didn't have any breakdowns defensively tonight. He gets that from Levon. We want him to improve and our guys have a tendency to improve in our program."
Quoting Pitt's Carl Krauser
On the intensity of the defense:
"It was exactly what coach talks about in practice. We really stepped it up. I always tell the guys that the guys that the first five minutes of the second half are the most important.
On if he had to scale himself back:
"Yeah I did. I haven't felt anything like that since my freshman year. I like to share the ball with my teammates."
On Sam Young
"Sam is a great athlete - he's Vince Carter he uses the talents that god gave him."
On his own energy
"I told my self different things like to keep playing harder."
On pass to Levon Kendall
"I saw it all while I was running down the court. I knew I could either go back to Levon or on the left wing for an alley-oop."
On Pitt's teamwork:
"The team is definitely family oriented. It is nice to know that they have our backs on defense. We're all having fun out there."
Quoting Pitt's Sam Young
On the rewards when running the floor
"It makes you want to run the floor every time."
On the comfort of playing
"I'm more comfortable, I get it from practicing and listening to the captains and the coaches."
Quoting Pitt's John DeGroat
On creating pressure defense
"It's very important, the beginning of the game is the most important part of the game because how you start the game is you you're going to finish the game. So we started off strong from the gate and we wanted to get in and play hard defense and that's what we did the rest of the game. I loved the role and I want to keep getting better. With watching film and practicing like we do, we can't help but to pick up our game.
"We were beat by a better team. They were faster, stronger and quicker. They did what they wanted to against us right from the start. We simply didn't have answers for the way they played."
"It's hard to like where we are after today. We played a lot better against Texas A&M in our last game, but I thought we regressed a little today. We have some young kids and some injuries, but that's going to happen throughout the season. You have to work past it, and I think we'll get better as we go along."
On Pitt without Taft and Troutman:
"They may be a little different offensively, but defensively I don't think there's much of a change. Aaron Gray is a tall kid, who always manages to get position and make you shoot over him. Levon Kendall is very smart, he doesn't force anything and rebounds very well.
On Carl Krauser:
"He's very adept at playing under control, at getting his teammates involved and letting the game come to him. There's very little you can do to excite him."
On PSU's confidence:
"We all need wins to build confidence. Certainly because we have younger kids, but really, that's with every team. Today didn't give us much to build on in that regard. There wasn't much positive and I think that's maybe what's most disappointing.
On Ben Luber missing the game"
"It would have given us some more depth off the bench. We had to shift some players around to compensate for his absence. Although in terms of the final outcome, given the way the rest of the guys played I don't think it would have made that much of a difference.
On Cilk McSweetney's play:
"Maybe that's the one positive. He's walk-on who we're trying to give some more minutes to. He played under control today, and shot the ball very well. I think he can be a big help to our team depth."