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On the game:
“It looked great to me. I’ll take it.”
On Virginia’s defense and guarding Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes:
“Tonight, those are two good defensive teams. Baskets weren’t easy to come by. It was physical. Again, we’re trying to play tough possession basketball. We left some buckets out there on the table. I thought that we had some finishers.”
“Stokes is so physical. He’s such a presence. Our guys used their activity and their quickness to bother him, and we tried to trap him. I think we did an okay job. “
On Jontel’s and Teven’s presence in the game:
“Teven got a little sped up a couple of times and made a couple of uncharacteristic plays, but he made the free throws.”
“We just talked about being ball strong. Again, with their defense, it’s not like they’re going to extend and try to turn you over away on the floor, but they make your catches tough, and you better be a two-handed player or it’s going to be a long night. Both of us tried to find ourselves offensively. They’re a very good defensive team, and I know how hard that is when you lose in two games when you don’t score. They’re good on the defensive side of it and your defense can only hang in there so long when you’re struggling to score.”
On Jontel Evans and potential injury:
“I hope it’s not anything too bad. I know he came back. I said ‘can I put him in?’ That was my question, and they said ‘not right now.’ We’ll find out and get the x-rays. I thought he made a couple of nice drives and put pressure on them in that stretch, and was guarding well. We’ll see.”
“Darion and I have played a lot of really good post players in the past, even this season with the player from Wisconsin. It was emphasized coming into the game and we have been working on post trap all week. We got ready for their physicality. Darion really stepped in and handled it.”
On the game:
“There is no greater satisfaction than holding a team and frustrating a team with your defense. I think the guys in the locker room really like it, but I’m not sure the fans like it.”
On team progressing:
“We have grown up so much. We have matured as a team and found an identity. With a Tony Bennett team you really know what that identity is. We’ve really embraced and it is getting us W’s, so I can’t complain.”
On Akil Mitchell:
“He plays with a lot of confidence and he has a lot of trust in his game. We trust in him and value him as a player.”
On the team:
“I think we did a good job of not letting that first loss get to us. We really make a point to improve every game. We try to learn from the mistakes we might have made early in the season. We have a lot of room for improvement and we will come back to the drawing board tomorrow and prepare for the next game.”
On the game:
“Credit to Tennessee. They are a tough defensive team. They weren’t allowing anything easy. They are very physical. Especially late in the game it was a fight and tough for both of us. Both teams take pride in their defense.”
This post was edited by Jamie Oakes 16 months ago
If you talk to Akil, tell him I like it just fine
Amen to that. How awesome is it to score 46 points and still win while leading the whole game. Maybe I am a purist but I take great pleasure in watching a team that is fundamentally sound on defense, and values the ball and works to get good shots on offense.
I'm obviously a heavily biased UVA apologist, but what the casual fan doesn't get is that our games lack possessions relative to "normal" games because we don't give up cheap transition buckets and make other teams work to find a shot, thus using up the shot clock. I personally find well executed team defense to be beautiful, but I realize I'm probably in the minority there.
you're not alone. I and most UVA fans get excited when the Hoos play Great defense and the shot clock gets under 10 seconds.
Yea really I love the defense our team plays. Even if the offense is not clicking, great defense can always give you a chance to win. I hope UVA fans will embrace the bulldog defense that we play. Will any of us forget the defense that we played on the next to last possession that Wisconsin had the ball. It was a thing of beauty.
Not sure you will be in the minority for long. I am now at a point that regardless of who we play our defense will be the X factor that can overcome superior talent when executed properly.
Just consider the fact that out of 8 games that we have held our opponents to under 20 total points scored in the first half. This is not due to slow down basketball on our behalf. The other team simply can not gets shots off against our defense. Are you kidding me...
This post was edited by raleighoo 16 months ago
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