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    Feb. 20, 2007

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    Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey Quotes

    On what Tory Jackson means to the team...
    "Is there a freshman as important to his team in this league? I just don't think so. No one else has been put into a situation and asked to deliver like he has in our basketball program, and he has continually done it. He's getting more and more confident. He just continues to get better."

    On Colin Falls' game...
    "Here is a senior coming down the stretch playing his best basketball."

    On Luke Harangody's post presence...
    "It's important for him to be our inside presence. He's our best inside player."

    On five Notre Dame players scoring in double figures...
    "We've been unselfish all year. I don't worry about our offense much. We're difficult to guard."

    DePaul Head Coach Jerry Wainwright

    On the play of Notre Dame...
    "Coach Brey probably feels really good about having five players in double figures. That is how this game is supposed to be played. They really distributed the ball well. Twenty eight baskets and nineteen assists speaks a lot of their offensive efficiency."

    "They (Notre Dame) are a good team and you don't go 17-0 at home unless you're comfortable in your own arena."

    "They landed the first punch, and they followed it up. Sometimes there are nights like this where you just have it, and tonight, they had it."

    On the play of DePaul...
    "I thought we had a couple of runs in us, we just couldn't make a shot. I thought when we started pressing we had a lot of good looks."

    On the play of Notre Dame senior guard Colin Falls...
    "I am glad I won't be here for Colin's senior night. He is a Chicago kid, a really good kid, and he has upped his level of play."

    "He starts a game with a three off a jump ball where the ball is bouncing around and when you get guys started that way, it hurts you. I thought he had good leadership for his teammates."

    On the play of DePaul senior guard Sammy Mejia...
    "Sammy stood out. He was a senior who understood what was going on. He didn't have the support tonight that he usually has."

    On DePaul's postseason outlook...
    "Conference games are our only hope and certainly this would have been a tremendous win on the road in the BIG EAST, but nothing comes easy."

    Notre Dame Player Quotes

    Senior G Colin Falls

    On the team's emotion after the loss at DePaul...
    "I think that was our motivation and our hunger. That was what was driving us, we weren't going to lose this ball game."

    On the undefeated season at home...
    "We're undefeated at home, that's impressive. We now have a chance to do something really impressive. If we can stay undefeated that is just a great emotion booster."

    On Tory Jackson's big plays...
    "I think that stretch of six points in a row really sealed the game. He made three huge plays. All of that is a freshmen growing up."

    Junior F Rob Kurz

    On the team's attitude after the win...
    "It's great for our confidence level, tonight we played really well. It's good to go into that big game on Saturday feeling good about ourselves."

    On Notre Dame's effort...
    "I think we had so many guys play really well. Collectively, especially defensively, I thought it was a great effort. Given the fact that it was such a big game for us, I think it was definitely one of our best team efforts."

    On playing DePaul again after the disappointing road loss earlier this season... "We learned from how we lost that game. We really thought we should have won that game and they stole it from us. They are a great team so we knew we had to come out with a lot of energy."

    Freshman G Tory Jackson

    On the upcoming match-up against Marquette and their sophomore point guard Dominic James... "Dominic James is a really great guard, so I can't come out with a swagger trying to prove people wrong. I do have a great team behind me, so I know they are going to help me with it."

    On the BIG EAST Tournament drawing near...
    "We smell it. But we are looking for a bye in the tournament, and whatever we have to do to get there, that's what we're going to do."

    DePaul Player Quotes

    Sophomore G Jabari Currie

    On preparing to play at Notre Dame, knowing that the Irish were undefeated at the Joyce Center this season...
    "We just wanted to come out here and defend and push the offense and try to get a win. We knew that they were 16-0, but we just wanted to come in and get a win."

    On playing Notre Dame again after beating them at home on February 8...
    "Just to come in and do the same thing we did we did at home - defend and push the ball."

    On the adjustments they tried to make at halftime...
    "Just hedging on the threes, because they were getting a lot of threes, so we wanted to pressure the ball a lot."

    On the outlook for the remainder of the season...
    "To finish the season out, we've got Cincinnati at home and USF at home. Then we've got the tournament - try to win the Big East tournament."

     

     

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