Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 14, 2003


Head Coach Ricardo Patton

On the game ...

"We played a much better team tonight. They're a better team than us and that's just the bottom line. That team there, they had the look of a team that's been to the Final Four. That's what I saw from my end - a team that's been there and knows what to do. Our guys are trying to find our way there. It's a good test for us."

On trying to come back from the deficit...

"We kept cutting into the lead. I know we cut it to five or six late in the game with ten minutes or so to go. We had our chances and we didn't make our free throws. To win tournaments, you've got to do the little things, all of which they did. They rebounded the ball well, they used clock when they had to use clock. That's something this team is still figuring out, is still learning."

On the season...

"It's still been a great season regardless of the outcome. It's been one heck of a ride so far. We've still got some basketball left. The one thing this team has shown the ability to do is bounce back. We're disappointed we didn't win the game, but we'll get better."

On Oklahoma...

"I don't think the strength of their team is their post play. I would have liked to have gotten Hollis Price in foul trouble. That's the strength of their team. We came in at hafltime, and the big fella (Oklahoma's Kevin Bookout) was 1-for-1. He'd taken one shot and that's not the strength of their team. Bookout does a nice job of just being active around the basket and going to the offensive glass, but what makes them really go is their guards."

Junior Guard/Forward Michel Morandais

On what made the difference ...

"Oklahoma played team defense and team offense and we didn't play either. We know it's not our last game so we will keep going and do what we need to do in preparing for the tournament."

Senior Forward Stephane Pelle

On your thoughts on Oklahoma ...

"Oklahoma is one of those teams you have to respect. They executed tonight very well. It's hard to keep up with all of them. They are one of those teams that anything that goes wrong, you will have to pay for later. We have to play our perfect game. And if we want to go far in the (NCAA) tournament then we have to do what they did tonight."


Head Coach Kelvin Sampson

On difficulties in the game ...

"The last two games we've really struggled with foul trouble. Adversity in a basketball game comes in many different forms. Sombody can have a really bad shooting night, you can have an injury. A lot of things can be adverse during the course of a game. But the last two nights our foul trouble has just been ridiculous."

On winning three games against the same team ...

"Usually to beat a good team you've got to get a little lucky. I don't think that you're that much better than them. We've lost to Texas twice this year and we could have easily won both those games. But that's just the way it is when you play good teams. ... It's a long season, you don't ever write a team off at any point and time especially when they've got a good coaching staff who's going to motivate their kids all the way to the end."

Senior Guard Quannas White

On Colorado's 2nd half comeback ...

"We determined we had to pick it up defensively. We slowed down a little bit and they cut the lead down so I just told everybody we needed to pick it up defensively."

Senior Guard Hollis Price

On Texas Tech...

"They (Tech) thought they should have won a game in Norman but I think we did a good job of going down to Lubbock and picking up a win. It's always going to be a battle with them and we just need to come out with defensive intensity."

On being a #1 seed...

"We aren't worrying about a #1 seed right now, we're just trying to get through the Big 12 Toiurnament and if we can do that and win the championship then the people who select the seeds can decide."

On Ebi Ere's play...

"There wasn't any doubt he was going to play, I asked him and he said he would play. His three-pointer went in and the whole team was real excited and that's what you get out of our team. When a guy goes down and comes back and hits his shots you get emotional. We took a lot of emotion out there today and he (Ere) made a big bucket."



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