Feb. 12, 2005
Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright...
On the Syracuse zone defense:
"I first of all want to give Syracuse a lot of credit for playing an outstanding defensive game. They had a very active zone, and the length of all their players in the zone bothered us inside and made us hesitant from the perimeter. They got into our heads. When good free throw shooters miss their free throws, it's not because they're having a bad night."
"I didn't think we could play like that. It's the first time all year we played like this, with so little confidence and togetherness. We just have to put it behind us and play Bucknell on Tuesday night. We were sloppy defensively, and they did a good job of making us hesitant. I look it at like maybe we were just due for a game like this. I have confidence in our guys and they will come back. We just weren't ourselves tonight."
On Hakim Warrick:
"You have to give Jim Boeheim credit for the way Warrick and Craig Forth play. They don't stand out on the perimeter looking to take three-point shots. They know their roles, and they wait inside for the guards to get them the ball or for the ball to hit the glass."
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim...
On the game:
"I think we just played well, and it wasn't really a matter of them playing poorly. Our offense was good, but it was really a good defensive effort. Our defense was good from the beginning. We wanted to make their shooters put the ball on the floor and we did that. This is as good as we have played defensively in a while."
On Syracuse's offense:
"We handled their pressure and trapping and were either able to get the ball to the basket or to Hakim inside. This is one of the better league games we have had in terms of the overall balance. There were some bad turnovers, especially in the first half, but there wasn't much bad about today."
On Hakim Warrick:
"He has been great all year. I still think he is a little bit underrated. He has been there every game for us for two straight years. He has been consistently good from the beginning. He is a great finisher. The guards did a good job getting him the ball, and he did a good job of finishing the plays. It's not bad for a skinny kid from Philadelphia."