Keno Davis Post-Game Press Conference Quotes

dave@friarblog —  February 19th, 2009 7:51 PM
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Providence Head Coach Keno Davis

(Opening statement) “I think what I told my team after the game was that for 20 minutes, we played like we had a chance out there. Then they obviously showed that they were a better team out there than we are now. With four games left we have to improve as a team. We need to be able to play through more physical contact, which has not been good for us as of late. Even though it doesn’t get any easier, this is as tough as it gets as well. So we are looking forward to our last four games of the BIG EAST going into the conference tournament with an eight and six record and see if we can scratch off a couple wins and make a push for it.”

(On offensive struggles in second half compared to first half) “We play a very up-tempo style, but so does Louisville. In certain games we wear out our opponent. That obviously didn’t happen tonight. It shows just how they stress conditioning, how they are able to play a 94 foot game. It’s not an ideal matchup for us to go up against a team that does a lot of the same things we do. They just do those things a little better than us right now, and they have players that are little better than us at doing it. It was a tough match-up for us. I’m very proud of my team’s effort over the forty minutes, even though it got away from us in the second half.”

(On Terrence Williams) “I don’t know where to start. He has the ability to not just be a scorer, but be somebody that makes the players around him better. He can go and get a huge scoring night, but he can also beat you in a lot other ways. He can beat you with the passing, beat you with his defense, and beat you with his rebounding. So to be able to be so versatile and do so many things, you can’t really game plan against that. When you look at the scouting report and say what do we need to take away from him? Well he does everything that shows you what a great player he is.”

(On team’s chances of making it to the NCAA tournament) “Well we need to win some games. With four games left and an 8-6 record, we have the ability to finish in the top half of the BIG EAST. If we finish in the top half, I don’t know if that guarantees us an NCAA tournament bid we might have to win a game in New York, but I don’t know. I don’t think anybody really knows. Depends on what happens all around the country but if we play at the level we did tonight- I think we’ll be okay. As far as wins and losses, if that puts us into the NCAA tournament then that’s great. If it doesn’t, all we can control is hard we play. It’s just the schedule doe not get to much easier.”

(On whether any U of L players surprised him) “Not really, when you have a team in the top 10, you don’t question their players’ talent of Coach Pitino’s team. They are completely worthy of their national ranking and when they are playing at their highest level there is nobody in the country they can’t beat. I will be looking forward to watching them play in the NCAA tournament and hopefully we’ll be along there with them. They are as good a team as there is in the conference. I think the top four or five teams in the conference are arguably the top four or five teams in the country. So that is what we get for being in the Big East.”

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