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Postgame Quotes - UConn 72, Coppin State 59

Dec. 9, 2017

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Juan Dixon, Coppin State Head Coach

Opening Statement:

That was a great game. I am really proud of our guys. The effort they gave for 40 minutes, their confidence never wavered, they executed the game plan. We had issues with rebounding the basketball, but I am really proud of our guys. I told my guys in the locker room it is not about wins or losses right now. We are building culture and habits. If we continue to play with that type of effort, we are going to be a great team come March. We are working towards something bigger.”

On the game against UConn:

“Connecticut is a great basketball team, great size and they could beat us up inside. They had great guard play. It was a game we were confident coming into and I think we showed everyone we can keep playing at a high level for 40 minutes.”

 

Kevin Ollie, UConn Head Coach

Opening Statement:

“One of the things we did was something we emphasized in practice, and that was rebounding. I think we did a great job rebounding. Coach Dixon had his team ready to play and they were a well-coached team and they shared the basketball. We were able to get past our turnovers. We have 12 days off and we are going to get better, we are in the process of getting better every day. We look forward to getting back to practice.”

On the UConn bench play:

“We got 35 points off our bench and it wasn’t Vital putting up 30 of them. Everyone contributed, Isaiah came in and played well. Everyone who came off the bench played a role today. That was a really good thing we did in this game.”

On the UConn turnovers:

“I see a lot of the turnovers seem to come without a lot of pressure. Coppin State was not pressing or overplaying our team and we still had 15 turnovers. I want our team to have poise, and we are going to keep working at it. This is not a sprint; it is a marathon, there are going to be some ups and downs, but I believe in my players and my coaching staff and we just have to keep getting better. We are going to show the players some film and keep putting them in situations where they make better plays. We have to keep reminding the team of the plays we are making and that we cannot get shots up on the possessions that we have turnovers.”

 

Jalen Adams, UConn Guard

On the game: 

"We still have to work on our defensive principles. We are getting to go on a big stretch. We don't feel bad about ourselves or anything, we just know we can't play down to our competition."

On several players having their career highs against UConn:

"I think we just need to do a better job with our one-on-one defense. If we stop the ball, we won't get into rotations and that won’t lead to [players] getting open shots."

 

Isaiah Whaley, UConn Forward

On how he feels about the team going into a 12-day break:

"Right now trying figure out stuff with the offense that we are still trying to figure out how we are going to pick-and-roll, we are just figuring out stuff right now, but during the 12 day break we are going to get really good."

On what he likes about the team so far this season:

"I feel like right now staying in it and defensive pressure, we have spurts where a team can not score on us and we got a lot of steals and then we have spurts like that and then we just get away from it... I think positively we can defend, we just have to be more consistent with it."


Christian Vital, UConn Guard

On what he likes so far:

"We rebounded well. I see a lot of guys, we got Mamadou with 5 rebounds, Antwoine with 5 rebounds, Isaiah with 8 rebounds. Our assists need to be up, Jalen had 8 assists which was really good, but Antwoine and I definitely need to create more for our teammates."

On putting it all together:

"It has been taking time, but soon enough, sooner rather than later, that is going to have to come. The teams we are going to have to play, they are not going to allow us to get away from the moments where we basically have dead moments out there. Three to five minute spurts where we are not defending and we are not scoring."


 

 

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