Post Game Quotes
March 18, 2010
Villanova - 73
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by Villanova student athletes Scottie Reynolds and Mouphtaou I can't remember you. Coach WRIGHT, would you please make an opening statement.
And I'm proud of our guys for gutting it out. This is survive and advance, we all know it. We gutted it out and we found a way.
Q. Scottie, you had kind of a rough day shooting from the field 1 for 14 but when it mattered you hit the big 3. I know the shot clock was running down on you?
Q. Just wondering, were you disappointed you weren't starting? Was there a decision why you didn't start?
Q. First 35 minutes of the game or so, almost half your shots were from three point range. A lot of getting to the basket, a lot of getting to the free point line. Were you talking about that in any of the huddles, or was there a more concerted effort to get to the free point line?
Q. Scottie, you mentioned a teaching lesson. What did you need to be taught? What did you learn?
And I think you saw that today. And if we didn't get this win, I would have been disappointed, but I'm glad we did. And we can learn from what happened yesterday and just move on from it.
Q. Scottie, I know that Pittsburgh game last year was an Elite 8 game, it was a little different. Can you compare winning that game on that shot as opposed to this game where you won it with a couple of foul shots at the line late?
Not just us scoring, but us getting into situations that we're going to be successful. We just did a great job with that and the rest of the guys followed. I was just very impressed with our guys poise and for our first game in the NCAA tournament with this group.
Q. Scottie, I'm sorry to have to belabor this. What exactly happened that caused the star player to not start a game? What happened?
And I learned from it, move on from it. I'm glad we got the win. And I'm glad it happened now, and we can move on. I learned from it. Thanks, Coach (laughter).
Q. This was your best game as a college player, by far. Did you know that this was going to be a situation where the big men were going to be this important? The shots weren't falling from the outside. Were you nervous at any time? You went to the line, you were perfect at the line. How do you hold together in a game this big as a freshman?
Q. It's been over two weeks since you had a win, can you talk about what it felt like to get that under your belt again?
Each practice that we went into each day, we just kept getting better, kept having a great attitude and didn't let the past interrupt what we were trying to accomplish and just try to be the best team we can be at the end of the season. We got another day to play, another day to be together and we're going to cherish this moment and keep going for our goal. .
Q. What aspect of the situation you were in 8 down with 4:19 to go, bothered you the most?
But now that it's over I'm glad we went through that and we're going to learn from it and I'm glad we had the will to overcome their will, which was outstanding.
Q. What did they do defensively to take away and force Reggie and Scottie to have such poor shooting nights?
And even inside, when we got the ball inside we were effective. But they were quicker than our forwards and they were just using their quickness to prevent the ball from going inside. They had good length and quickness. And the guys that aren't long get up in you. They're very, very coached. They're very sound. That's actually harder to play against than great athletes that are undisciplined.
Q. Yesterday you were talking about low seed versus high seed. And what does today prove about the parity of college basketball and would you change anything about the terror of 2 playing the 15?
I think sometimes if you get into a game like that and get embarrassed with a team like that or them out playing you, that's going to lose the game for you. I kept telling our guys, this is the kind of game it's going to be. And I think our guys responded. I didn't think if you allow your ego to get involved in a game like that you're going to get beat. I thought our guys kept their egos in check and played the next possession.
Q. When did you first made aware of the transgressions against Corey and Scottie? How long did you think it over, when did you make your final decision to keep it on the bench at the start?
And we with have a lot of young guys on the team that got to know that the values of our program are more important than a game, a starter or a player. And they get it, they know. It wasn't really a big deal. I know it's going to turn into a big deal because they're in a NCAA Tournament. We do this during the season. They'll be back in the starting lineup. It's over. It's done. It really didn't affect us.
Q. Just to follow that up. You said it didn't affect you. Those two guys had unusually poor games for them. Do you think it affected those two players?
I really don't. I'm sure it would have been more comfortable, but it's all part of the game. Other things can happen in a game that can affect you. I was actually really proud of how Scottie handled it. I thought Fisher handled it pretty well, too.
Q. There are now three or maybe four job openings in the New York area, Mike Rice has been touted as a candidate for some of them. Do you think he'd be a good candidate and if so, what makes him a good coach?
Q. What did you want defensively on that last possession by Robert Morris and did you get it?
Q. Your Big East tournament game against Marquette, the last seven minutes plus you played zero first year players. This game was the opposite. What was so different about this game? Those guys carried you. Your first year players had 33 points, 10 rebounds today, which is kind of amazing for what we've seen down the stretch. What was the difference and did you expect them to come through like that?
We're not the same kind of defensive team we were last year. They had 10 blocked shots we had 10 blocked shots between the two of them there were 7 and a lot of them were big plays. If we don't have them on the floor we were giving up layups on the plays. I think those two proved themselves. And Mouph gave us offensively. He hasn't been playing, the guys were tentative giving him the ball.
You tell them to give him the ball, but when they haven't been in games with him it's hard. I think it was a big step for him and a big step for the team in the way he finished and made free throws today.
Q. Can you talk about your team's free throw shooting ability and how much a point you made to get to the line, because obviously you weren't shooting the ball well? Is Mouph I can't remember I can't remember a 100 percent free throw shooter?
Corey Fisher is usually a good free throw shooter. Our guys always get to the arena two hours before and they shoot extra. And one of things in an NCAA Tournament, you can only get on the floor 50 minutes before. We didn't do it because it was so early, but I might do that Saturday.