Postgame Quotes - Boston College 80, Wake Forest 72

March 1, 2014

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Boston College 80, Wake Forest 72
LJVM Coliseum - March 1, 2014

Wake Forest Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik

Opening Statement...
"Let's give Boston College a lot of credit. They played very well. We couldn't defend them, we simply couldn't. They scored on 11 straight possessions in the second half. They shot 34 free throws in the second half. They outrebounded us by about 15. We didn't do a very good job defensively or on the boards. 90 percent of fouls are defensive mistakes."

On the defensive side and on the boards...
"That's been a problem for us all year. In a lot of ways, when things don't go well offensively, we have a tendency to put our head down. Defense and rebounding is effort, and we still haven't gotten over the hump of having the maturity to not allow things offensively to affect the other parts of our game that really matter. That is it in a nutshell."

On the importance of setting the tone early...
"That was a big focus of ours. You can't allow a team to feel comfortable, and we allowed them to feel comfortable. Then, you're in a dogfight. An emphasis of ours is to get three straight stops to start the game. That's what you do. You set the tempo, you set the tone. We're digging in and you aren't scoring."

On the energy of the team...
"Again, we have a tendency to have all of our energy depend on whether or not a shot is going down. If we miss it, we have this tendency to linger in our head. You can't play the game like that. Somehow, we've got to get over that. It takes five guys on every possession to stop somebody. It takes five guys on every possession to score, and communicate, and help each other. Everybody has to do their job on every possession."

On Arnaud William Adala Moto's injury...
"He just felt something in his knee. We were a little sideways with substitutions and playing guys out of position."

Boston College Head Coach Steve Donahue

Opening Statement...
"I thought it was a hard fought game and both teams were playing really physical as you can see from the foul shots. I was proud that we persevered and we are trying to get better each and every day. They are a really good offensive basketball team and we tried to mix it up as much as we could. We made plays when we had to down the stretch."

On the defensive play...
"We did not guard them in the second half very well. To me, they run the best offense in the league in terms of execution. They spread you out, cut hard, and have different sets. We watched a great defensive Clemson team that had trouble guarding them. We have also had trouble guarding Wake. That sophomore class is terrific and when they are juniors and seniors they are going to be really good. I just thought we could not guard them man-to-man for long stretches and they still got what they could against the zone. My thought was that if we could play some zone and save our legs a little bit so we can execute on the offensive end. Maybe they would miss a three-pointer here and there but I thought they executed against the zone as well."

On the team's season performance...
"It has been a crazy year for us. It has been in a lot of ways disappointing as we had great aspirations. I try not to look back and I try not to look forward. I try to stay in the moment and teach them. It is difficult to do when there is a lot of negativity around you. I work extremely hard and our staff and our players of being real positive. We have to get better on defensive rebounding. I do not want to lose again and that is our motto. We play Florida State on Tuesday and we will try to win that game and go from there. We are a good basketball team and I know our record does not indicate that but obviously when we compete against a Syracuse and every game we competed. We are not there yet but I think we are really close and that is what keeps us motivated. I try to inspire our guys to keep doing it every day."

 

 

 

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