Jan. 21, 2006
Head Coach Jay Wright
On the game
"I thought we got back on track today. We've been executing pretty well offensively we had good looks but just didn't make them. Our defense is carrying us a little bit, but today we put it all together. When you play a seasoned team like that and you get a lead, you just they are going to make a run. They've got a great leader in Gerry McNamara, he's the one that sparked them and got it going. Not just his scoring but creating shots for people. We have really good leader ship, we called a couple timeouts and it was Allan (Ray), Randy (Foye) and Mike (Nardi) in the huddle saying 'Look, we've got it, we've got it.' I was really proud of our ability to stay in the effort when they made their runs. It's a good win and they're a very good team. It's the Big East, what else can I say? Every game is going to be crazy."
On holding Gerry McNamara to four points
"We kept Mike (Nardi) and Allan (Ray) on him, they probably both played his almost twenty minutes each. We just wanted to keep a fresh body on him and these two are very good defensive players. Obviously we helped on him because he is just so effective, but it was really Allan and Mike. Allan is developing into a great defensive player and Mike has always been that for us. We're fortunate to have those two guys. They really get excited about guarding people."
On playing with a three guard two forward lineup
"We do that a lot. We've all talked about the four guards because that's what you guys ask me about but we've said all along that we do play with the two forwards a lot and we're fortunate to be able to. In the first half, the four guards were really effective. In the second half they started getting us on the offensive glass and our forwards came in and did a good job. Will Sheridan was great today especially in the back of our press in the first half. We have good players we are able to use both (lineups)."
On Will Sheridan's steal to start a second half run
"Will Sheridan is a very intelligent player and he does a lot of the little things. Maybe if he didn't throw the pass for the layup people may not have noticed, but we would have and that was a big play. He's always done that for us. He gets a lot of praise within our program."
On rebounding from the recent losses and close games
"I understand how people perceived that we struggled but we have veterans on this team. We're going to go through some games where we don't make shots, we don't look good. Even after the Texas game I know everyone would say that was a struggle, but actually for us we felt we're on the road, great team, we couldn't make shots but battled. That's all we ever ask of our guys. So we were still feeling good and felt they'll be another time we struggle. We can struggle but still defend, rebound, play hard and find ways to win. That's what good teams do. However, it was enjoyable to play better offensively."
On the second half steal and run
"We came together and just looked at each other saying we've got to get a big stop here and we weren't really strong on offense so we had to get out in transition off of a turnover. It really helped us out and gave us some momentum and confidence."
On guarding Gerry McNamara
"We came out with the mindset as a team that we were going to play together and stick to our game plan. It was part the game plan not to let him (Gerry McNamara) get any easy looks and were playing great help defense as a team. We did a good job on him, but it wasn't anything personal it was just team defense."
On ending his recent shooting slump
"My teammates were finding me, I was getting the ball in the right spots in the zone and shooting the ball with confidence. As a shooter that's call I can do, just shoot with confidence."
On motivation after last season's loss to Syracuse
"We all talked about it. We knew how they came in here and beat us pretty badly last year and we didn't want to let that happen again. We came out with a great mindset and great intensity to really focus on our game plan to go out and win."
Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim
On the game
"The last two games we've made fourteen or fifteen turnovers in the first half and never got anything on offense. Our offense is just putting too much pressure on us. The second half in both these games we came out and got some movement some movement, were a little more patient, got some looks and our offense got going. We got back into the game tonight and we had three bad offensive possessions in a row. Our offense is killing us, it has got to get better. We cannot turn the ball over and make bad possessions down the court. Villanova is a very good team and they started shooting the ball well early which put us in a hole. Again, our offense is just killing us right now. We start out 12-0 down the last two games and as much it has been the other team, it has also been ourselves on offense just making bad turnovers and we've got to get that corrected."