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    March 9, 2013

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    Head Coach Mike Brey

    Opening Statement ...
    "You know we kind of ran into a buzz saw today. We expected a great punch and effort from them. Their defense really gave us problems the whole afternoon. It was two-fold; turnovers in the first half put us in a hole we could never get out of. One thing about their two guards, they really guarded our guards. It is hard for our guards, who are pretty darn good, to get anything going because their guards can really defend. I think they certainly are playing really well right now. But for us, I told our guys that I am very proud of them. We are 11-7 and got through the regular season. We were 3-3 when Scott Martin went down. We head to New York and will get some rest tomorrow. I am kind of excited to play one last Big East tournament for us."

    (On how he sees the BIG EAST tournament turning out) ...
    "We keep saying it is going to be a wild Big East Tournament, and I think you could say that about every year. Look at what was on the line today, and I am going to miss this league. Now it is kind of hitting me that we won't be doing this anymore. Rick (Pitino) and I were talking about that before the game. Who was the six seed last year, and how did they do? (It was Louisville) Thank you. I was thinking about that at the buzzer, actually I was thinking about at the 12-minute mark."

    (On Georgetown and Louisville being the co-favorites to win the BIG EAST) ...
    "Yeah, I think it is safe to say Louisville and Georgetown are playing their best right now, no question about it. Hey, Louisville last year was a great example. You go in as a six seed and get going a little bit, and then you see what happens. We have been to the semi-finals three out of the past four years, but we never make it to Saturday night. I would love to see our program make it to Saturday night before we head to Tobacco Road."

    (On cutting the lead to five in the second half and not capitalizing on it) ...
    "Yeah, I think their defensive intensity went up. We got some really good looks, we got some transition stuff, they stopped our guards from getting in there, and we also missed some stuff around the basket. We had some stuff going around the bucket, but our big guys Jack (Cooley) and Tom (Knight) had a tough night. We need to get them going. Now our other two bigs gave us great stuff. But Jack and Tom weren't very good tonight. Objective number one is to get their gears going again."

    (After what Jerian Grant did to perform a comeback, did you expect Louisville to clamp down defensively towards the end) ...
    "You can only have one magic act a season, maybe in your career. The last game was like this game. A couple of turnovers and we're in the hole with only a miracle happening to get us out of the hole when we could have lost by 12 up there. We just had magical stuff happen. We turned the ball over too much. Our baseline out of bounds stuff, we threw two away which was really deflating. I just don't know if we ever recovered from that. I thought (Peyton) Siva was amazing tonight. We did a great job at our place of keeping him out of the paint on the ball screens. Tonight it was impossible. We tried (Jerian) Grant on him and doubling the ball screen, but he had an energy about him to get in the paint where he would make some runners and then break down our defense. We were kind of helpless the way he was getting into the paint tonight."

    (On Gorgui Dieng playing effectively and what does it do for Louisville) ...
    "When he is scoring like that, it is a whole another gear for them. They have had their offensive droughts and times when they can't score, but he looked like a pro tonight shooting turn-around jump shots, tough jump hooks over big guys, and he is making the 15-foot jump shot. He has this presence about him, he and (Peyton) Siva. Again, because we have had a lot of games against them, I have a lot of respect for those two guys. They are classy young men who are winners."

    (On the BIG EAST setting the standard for conferences around the country) ...
    "I think eventually the ACC, when we all get there, is going to be that conference. They will have all the depth, and I sure hope we can keep getting eight or nine bids to the tournament because that's what is keeping us all in coaching. We are getting over half our league in regularly. I sure hope that happens in the ACC."

    (On how playing in the BIG EAST sets you up for a run in the tournament) ...
    "I don't know if you can say that. We have had nine teams get bids and then not do too well in the tournament. There is no rhyme or reason for thinking it gets you ready, I don't know. It is all about getting on a little run for the next tournament and maybe get a little lucky with matchups. I do know that we beat the living heck out of each other in this league and we seem to really enjoy doing it. There is a lot of mutual respect amongst coaches and players in this league."

     

     

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