Postgame Quotes - Wake Forest vs. NC Central

Nov. 20, 2011

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Wake Forest Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik

Opening Statement...
"Throughout the course of the game we did a great job of being unselfish, sharing the basketball, and taking high quality shots. We did a much better job in the second half of rebounding the basketball and that allowed us to get some open court transition baskets and looks. We battled against a team that has a lot of experience. They're average age is 23, and they have Ray Willis from Oklahoma and Sutton from Kansas State who started 30 games. They're a dangerous basketball team in terms of their experience and what they've been through throughout the course of their career. I'm really proud of our basketball team and we just need to continue to get better - and we'll work on that."

On shooting...
"First of all, we took good shots - shots we've practiced; open shots. We practice those kinds of shots. Of course, offense is a variable, and sometimes you can get open shots and not make them, but when you're taking shots you practice that are open because we're moving the basketball, there's a better chance of it going in."

On Defense...
"We did a really good job of double teaming Sutton immediately upon the catch. That was a focal point of our preparation for this game - so we did a really good job on him. The shots that he did make were some jump shots and open look and transition shots. And we allowed Willis to get to the middle a little bit too much. But overall it was a good win for our team, and we just need to keep building"

On Mescheriakov and Chennault...
"We tend to forget about Tony Chennault. This is almost like his freshman year considering his injury last year, so he's still growing as a player. He is beginning to understand decisions as a point guard. I am really proud of Nikita. He really rose to the occasion tonight in terms of defending without fouling. That's not a knock on him, but with his background and where he comes from, the games are officiated a little bit differently. He's had to change a lot of his habits in many ways. "

 

 

On this game...
"You're going to play like you practice. Our guys do a great job in practice of moving the ball and sharing it. We just have to play with desperate effort. We have to scrap, fight, claw, and share the ball. Everybody needs to be playing to their very best ability. That gives us a chance to have success. Without it, we have no chance for success, and our players know that."

On playing away games...
"I'm looking forward to going down to Orlando and I know our players are too. We just want to take it one day at a time and get better. They should feel good about themselves. They're playing with energy - no one can doubt that. A young man like Daniel Green for example, seven minutes, four rebounds, he's all over the floor - they care. They have great passion and they want to do well."

NC Central Head Coach LeVelle Moton

On what changed in the second half...
"Lack of leadership and a lack of defense, it's very simple. We have some veterans on this squad and we're not going to be a very good team until they act as if they're veterans. I tell them all the time that it's their team, I just coach it. If you're going to be the pulse and the heartbeat, there's a lot of responsibility that comes with that."

On Ray Willis and the offense...
"He made things happen when the ball was in his hands, but he's got to start making things happen when the ball isn't there. Ray was guarding McKie and he allowed him to score 25 points; Dominique Sutton was guarding Nikita and he gave up 15 points. Anytime you allow a team to shoot 12-for-17 from behind the arc it doesn't even matter what happens on the offensive end of the floor. We've got to stop people - that's it."

On the difference in talent...
"We understand that the difference between our level and their level is what happens in the trenches. The skill positions are always going to be about the same, but the center is where the biggest difference is. We understand that coming in, but they really showed that they're a tough team. Toughness is a lot of that, and we're just not being as tough as we need to be right now to win basketball games."

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