Postgame Quotes - Wake Forest vs. Syracuse
Jan. 3, 2018

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Wake Forest Head Coach Danny Manning
Opening Statement...
“This was a very hard-fought game down to the wire. I thought we did some really good things. It’s hard to mimic Syracuse’s length and athleticism in practice with the scout team. Those guys are really long and really athletic. They pursue the basketball. I thought we started out the game and got the ball to the high post. Terrence Thompson made a couple shots. Bryant Crawford got a couple lob opportunities to Doral Moore. Then we got stagnant. Their zone will do that to you.”

“At the end of the day, for us to have 20 assists on 25 field goals, I think we did a good job of moving the basketball. The one thing we challenged our guys with going into this game was competing on the backboards. We had 38 to their 29. We’ve got to mimic that type of effort from here on out. I thought it was a really good game by all of the guards that played because we were without our leading scorer in Keyshawn Woods. He got hurt and couldn’t go. He tried to go but he didn’t look right. Usually, when I take him out of the game, there is some type of look that I like to see and he didn’t have that tonight. We’ll get him evaluated and hopefully he will be ready to go against Boston College.”

On the execution down the stretch...
“We made shots. We had opportunities to score the last two games and we didn’t make shots down the stretch. Tonight, we were able to make shots. Against North Carolina, we gave up 16 second-chance points to zero for us. There are a lot of different areas, but defensively we have to continue to work and get better, and offensively we have to be aggressive. When I say aggressive, I mean be ready on the catch. There were a couple times where we had some guys catch the basketball and they’re standing straight up and not ready. Then, that Syracuse length and athleticism comes and they’re in passing lanes and it’s a deflection. When we had guys that caught the ball in a ready position, we were a lot better.”

On breaking out of a stagnant offense in the middle of the game...
“We moved the ball. That was it. It was no play. It was moving the basketball. If you were close enough to our bench, that’s all we were yelling to our guys, especially on that baseline. Make yourself available. Get in the vision of the passer. A lot of times, big guys will feel that they’re open on the baseline, but they’ll be standing directly behind a defender and the guard can’t see them. But, if I take step up or down, he can see me.”

“The ball just started moving. We got the ball to Bryant Crawford in the second half and he was trying to facilitate a little too much. We need him to shoot the basketball because they were sagging back. Once he started making shots, they came back up to guard him and then he could drive past them and make a play. He had to play quite a few minutes tonight and so did Mitchell Wilbekin. We needed them to because we didn’t have Keyshawn Woods.

On winning the rebounding battle...
“I think our guys made a concerted effort to box out and go pursue the basketball. Those balls that are up in the air, we do a great job of getting a hand on them. If we can’t corral it, we do a great job of tipping it out. Overall, I thought our guys did a good job of rebounding the basketball tonight.”

On the bench production...
“For us, that’s key. We have our leading scorer coming off the bench. We’re not going to outscore every team’s bench, but we expect to get a good number of points from our bench because we have Keyshawn Woods, Brandon Childress, Donovan Mitchell and Olivier Sarr coming off the bench and scoring for us. We need a good amount of bench scoring for us to be successful in any game that we play.”

Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim
Opening Statement...
“We got off to a slow start, but we did a good job getting back in the game. They made some big-time shots at the end and we missed a couple close ones.”

On Wake Forest’s rebounding advantage...
“We got after the ball pretty good. I thought we had opportunities, especially in the second half, we blocked a couple shots and didn’t come up with loose balls.”

On Bourama Sibide’s minutes...
“He’s going to play. He’s healthy enough and he wants to play. He doesn’t want to redshirt.

 

 

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