Head Coach Lon Kruger

Opening comment:
"It was a good first game. We've been practicing for a few weeks now and to see how the guys transfer from practice situations into a game is what this was really about. They did a pretty good job. Pace was good; we really pushed the ball out of the backcourt. They did a pretty good job of finding their feet and avoiding the fouling. We have to do a better job defensively as you might expect after the first game. The guys shared the ball, dictated the pace and did a good job on the boards, so it was a good first game for us."

On the aggressive play of Cameron Clark:
"He was really good. Cam has been doing that every day in practice. He did it in Europe on the trip over there. He brought that energy every day in practice and he has been a good senior leader in that way and we need that to continue. He didn't surprise his teammates or us (the coaches) because we have watched him do that pretty much every day in practice."

On Jordan Woodard's first game:
"He did a fantastic job. He's a guy that is always involved, getting the ball where it needs to be, seeing his teammates. The fact that he can score also makes him that much more effective. He's very good defensively. He will keep getting better and better. He's got the right attitude about working and progress in being a point guard. His priority is all about his teammates and you love that."

On the number of scoring options on the team:
"We will expect Cam and Buddy (Hield) to generally be the two that are consistently scoring points for us, but the other next two leading scorers (on any given night) might be five, six, or seven different guys. That's the real strength of this group. Different guys on different nights can jump up and score 15, so I'm glad to see that."

On Isaiah Cousins' status with his ankle injury:
"He should be fine by Monday, it looks like. It was a little bit of a precaution to not get him back in there, he's a little bit sore. The X-rays already proved to be good. Hopefully we will get him back by Monday."

On D.J. Bennett:
"He practiced for the first time in two and a half weeks yesterday. We just very much limited his minutes. He did a very good job in Europe and he did a really good job in practice. He will be solidly in the rotation and give us a shot blocker back there and he can rebound the ball for us, and he was scoring well in Europe. He will play just a little bit more on Monday, but he had been out for two-and-a-half weeks with a slight tendon tear and he's good now."

On if many players will be in the rotation throughout the season:
"They could be. I hope they do. It's really based on their results, their production, their consistency, and we would love to see them all play. It makes us better. It's about lining up, doing what you do well, trusting your teammates to do what they do well. I could see us going nine, 10, maybe 11 (deep) if they all produce. We hope they do."

On Ryan Spangler:
"Ryan was good. He didn't have a lot of opportunities to score but he will be a guy that will score for us as well. Today was pretty much free, open flow as far as offensive looks for him. Ryan is a guy that we will get the ball to and he'll produce. He's done a good job."


Sophomore Guard Buddy Hield

On freshman point guard Jordan Woodard's performance:
"Jordan was just doing what he does, what he's been doing since he first came here. When we went to Europe, he was playing good, at a very high level. He's perfect for the system he's playing in; pass, great guard, up-tempo style, making plays for each other and making plays for himself. He's got me and Isaiah (Cousins) and even Cam (Cameron Clark) talking to him. He's learning every day. He's getting better. He did commit some turnovers, but he'll get it straight and keep learning as he goes."

On playing at a fast pace:
"This is the pace we want to play at. Coach has emphasized it from the summer. We need to play fast and the guys who were in the game needed to play fast. We are going to play as we go and keep playing fast and see if we can run it as well."


Senior Forward Cameron Clark

On adjusting to more of a scoring role this season:
"I've been adjusting pretty good. Coach has been running plays for me. My teammates get me open shots and I just have to be able to knock them down."

On when he became a 3-point shooter:
"Over the summer. Me and Coach have been working hard on the 3s and it's panned out."