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Postgame Quotes - No. 8 Wichita State 72, UConn 62

Dec. 30, 2017

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Kevin Ollie, UConn Head Coach

Opening Statement:

“It was a great game, I want to thank the fans for coming out to support us the way they did. I wish we could’ve sent them home with a win but I thought our guys battled and executed our game plan. They’ve (Wichita) been together awhile and played a lot of games together and that showed in their execution in the last five minutes when we couldn’t get a stop. I was proud of our guys effort. Coming in we were doing a good job rebounding but that’s what they do best. They shot the three really good and we had to get them off the three-point line. I thought our zone was really active, we got some steals. We’re just going to keep fighting, I’m very proud of their effort.”

On going to the zone:

“Just knowing what we have to do. We have different lineups in there a lot. I though it shrunk the game a little bit and we just can’t give up quick buckets to Wichita State.”

On coming up short:

“We’re still forming. We have new guys that have never been in this position and I just want them to stay connected and keep learning. They have a few seniors that have been through battles and we don’t have any that have been through battles together. We have to get better and this is another good chance to learn.”

Christian Vital, UConn Guard

On the game:

"They won by 10, but it didn't feel like a 10-point loss to be honest with you. It was just, you know, another tough game, that we came up short on, but I think we are finding ways to stay in games a little longer than we were in the beginning of the season. Games like this in the last five minutes we didn't finish it, but before it felt like the last seven minutes or the last eight minutes we didn't finish it."

On the lineup constantly changing:

"I think that is up to the coaches. To make that more evident, I mean whose role is what. I know you said they are switching lineups and stuff, but that is not up to me, that is up to the coaches. My job and my teammates’ job is just to go out there and give it our all and try to find a way to get a win at the end."


Terry Larrier, UConn Forward

On the team needing to get more assists: 

"I think we need to move the ball more. I think in this game, you know, they were pressuring up and denying a lot of the passes. Sometimes we were standing still. Guys just have to cut, move back door, when they do they start getting in a rhythm and making shots. It is something we have to keep working on"

On coming up just short:

"Yeah definitely, we are definitely showing that we can compete, with these different high level teams. You know we can compete, I think offensively we can compete, we can go back and forth, but ultimately that is not what you want to do, our defense has got to be a lot better. We have to execute down the stretch in games. The last four or five minutes of a game that comes on all the guys like me and Jalen to slow down the team and get the right shots that we need."

 

Gregg Marshall, Wichita State Head Coach

Opening Statement:

“Great crowd tonight, I thought it really got loud when they made a run and got the game tied in the second half. We’re just glad to get a win against a storied program. I thought our guys made the plays down the stretch that they needed to make. We handled the press toward the end without turning the ball over. We have to make a few more free throws, but I like how our team rebounded.”

On their schedule helping them in this game:

“I think that was a factor. We played on the road at Baylor, Oklahoma State, and we played Cal, Marquette, and Notre Dame in Hawaii. We had a great home schedule. We didn’t play many gimmes. We’ve been in some games like this where we had to execute down the stretch.”

 

Landry Shamet, Wichita State Guard

On the first AAC game:

“I expected UConn fans to be what they were, big numbers and really loud. It was a cool atmosphere to begin conference play.”

On turning it around late:

“I think we have a really good resolve as a team. It’s not something that always needs to be said to get people going. When adversity hits, we can all respond the same way.”


 

 

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