Nov. 25, 2002
OKLAHOMA vs. PRINCETON
SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2002
LLOYD NOBLE CENTER - NORMAN, OKLA.
OU HEAD COACH KELVIN SAMPSON
On the team: "Where we were a week ago - where we were two weeks ago - is irrelevant. Everybody's learning to play their role."
"This team has a high ceiling because of all the young guys we're playing. Those guys have to help us this year. We don't get carried away when they play really well, and we don't get carried away when they don't play so well."
"We'll play better every night if Hollis plays better. I was really pleased with the way De'Angelo (Alexander) was playing. This is a deep team."
On tournament MVP Ebi Ere:
"Ebi can score. There are very few guys in the country who can score with the ball like he can."
OU SENIOR EBI ERE
On defending Princeton: "We played great defense against them. We didn't let them back-cut too much. That's the kind of game that they play and we shut that down. We made them penetrate and beat us off the dribble."
On his game:
"Some days you hit shots and some days you don't and today was just one of those days when the shots were falling for me."
OU SENIOR HOLLIS PRICE
On the game:
"From the beginning we were focused on our defense and not overplaying like we usually do. Overplaying is something that coach Sampson usually teaches us to do but tonight we couldn't do that.
On the team's improvement:
"I think that this team can get a lot better. Our freshmen are still learning how to play Sooner basketball. Kevin (Bookout) and De'Angelo (Alexander) still have to realize how far they have to go. Matt Gipson and Larry Turner came off the bench in this game and did a great job but they still have another level that they have to get to."
Princeton Head Coach John Thompson:
"We played a very good team today that's only going to get better. You look at that squad and they don't have too many weaknesses. From the offensive end, they can put many people on the court and hurt you. They have one of the better defenses in the country."
On Oklahoma's Ebi Ere:
"He's a player. There's no other way to put it. There aren't too many facets of his game where you can look at it and say he's not good. He's a scorer and he finds a way to get points whether it's outside shots, drives or put-backs. He plays that tough, hard-nosed defense that's associated with Oklahoma basketball. He's one of the better players in the country. Again, the kid's a player."