Feb. 6, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright
"That certainly wasn't a masterpiece for either one of us. I'm sure Phil knows and we know, that in these kind of games you just have to grind them out, gut them out. They are never pretty. They have good young players. They are going to be good. We just had a little more experience. The seniors really stepped up for us, and I think that was the difference out there."
Talking about the defense
"We are getting there, defensively. We really are...That has been our consistency. We have been talking about whether we have an identity. The good thing is that we defend and we rebound. That is going to keep us alive, but we still have to get better defensively."
Talking about the offense
"I thought we had great looks. I thought Mike Nardi had great looks...Reggie Redding had great looks. If you look at Reggie's high school career, he was a great high school scorer, and in practice he drills shots. I think our defense is keeping us alive right now, but I still think we can be a good shooting team, even though we haven't shown it"
On Bilal Benn and Reggie Redding
"I was glad we got Bilal more minutes because he has been working really hard in practice. And we also need some more guards...we don't want to play Mike (Nardi) and Scottie (Reynolds) as many minutes as we are. And Bilal and Reggie have been coming on, so that was good tonight to get those guys minutes."
On winning the Big Five
"We are very proud of that. It is an honor. We know the history and we know how difficult it is to go 4-0 in the Big Five...it means a lot to us and it is an honor to be a part of it and to win it."
Talking about being the spark off the bench
"Coach Wright always tells everybody on the bench to be ready. And the repetition in practice helped to prepare me for the game."
Did you expect a tighter game today?
"I didn't know what to expect. I expected Saint Joseph's to come out hungry and I expected the same out of us. You just didn't know who was going to win, but I wanted us to play harder than them."