|Head Coach Lon Kruger|
On the team's quick start:
"It was a great start. You'd like to start all ball games like that, not only on the scoreboard, but the energy was good and the activity defensively was very good, and there were very few turnovers on the offense at the other end. We needed every bit of it as UTEP kept battling. We gave them a chance to get back in there late and we went a long stretch there in the second half not getting in a shot, just a couple free throws. It was a good win for our guys and a good way to start a tournament."
On the team's defense and forcing turnovers:
"We want to get up in the peephole and make them uncomfortable and be active. I thought for the most part our effort and energy on the defensive end."
Senior Forward Romero Osby:
On the team's play:
"I thought we played well. It was good for us to see an attacking defense early in the season so we can prepare for the Big 12."
On the team's movement:
"We had a lot of movement, which the coaches had prepared us for the past three or four days in practice. I'm glad they did, because we knew what to expect."
Senior Guard Steven Pledger:
On his late-game shot to stop UTEP's run:
"To me, in my mind, every shot is the same shot, whether it be a game-winner or a shot in the middle of the game. I pride myself on hitting shots with four or five minutes left in the game."
On Romero Osby's play tonight: "We need him to do that. We need him to be strong, and he had a double-double tonight, which is great."
|Head Coach Tim Floyd|
On getting down 15-0 in the first five minutes:
"We turned it over early. We had several turnovers that led to cheap runouts. They had three offensive board baskets. And their pressure bothered us. They got into our bigs and got into our wings and we didn't handle it very well."
On his general thoughts about the game:
"We did not offensive board it. We shot the same percentage they did. We got to the foul line but we turned it over 17 times versus their pressure. They had six more possessions as a result of that. They had eight more possessions as a result of the offensive rebound baskets. After we closed the lead in the first half, we turned it over on back-to-back trips -- John Bohannon in transition and Malcolm Moore flipped it out of bounds underneath (the basket). In the second half, we missed four consecutive point blank layups that would've changed the game. We weren't able to take care of what we needed to take care of late. Pledger knocked down a big shot. It was a composed Oklahoma team. We held them to 27 percent in the second half and guarded exceptionally well. There's a lesson to be learned that you can catch up by guarding, and we'll be in that situation again."