Miami-Duke Postgame Quotes
Jan. 14, 2007
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Miami Head Coach Frank Haith
“I thought they were outstanding. They made contested shots, they executed well and they played very determined. I have to give Duke credit for a very good game.”
On a potential emotional let down
“Our intensity was not consistently at the level as it was Wednesday night, but these guys are very good”
On our defense
“They made it difficult on us when they spread it out, put it in the post and the kicked out. Their guys were making shots.’
Difference b/w 1st and 2nd half.
“I thought our guys lost focus on the offense and not executing our offense with Duke scoring so quickly. We, as a young team, tried to shoot quickly and didn’t run our offense.
“He has to be better at not forcing action and letting it come to him. I think he’s dribbling a lot and trying to be too creative.”
Miami Forward Brian Asbury
On playing in the post
“It’s a challenge, but whatever it is I can try to do it”
On Duke shooting so well.
“It was hard to see but we’re trying to do anything to get back in the game”
On playing defense
“We felt like we were letting them get into their comfort zone and not fighting through their screens.”
Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski
“I thought the guys played well. This is a young group and I thought they hung in and played strong. Jon and Greg handled the ball well and hit big shots in the second half. McClure was big with 11 rebounds.
“They didn’t get into the paint as much with their penetration which is what we tried to prevent.”
On Stopping McClintion
“He missed some shots. He was DeMarcus’ responsibility. We gave him a lot of attention because we respect him. We switched on him a lot and that was effective.”
On shooting 81% in the first half
“Playing a game like this is good because we’ve been fighting to be consistent. We’re young and we haven’t had a lot of time together.
“This was not an easy thing tonight and I’m proud that we could make plays and free throws down the stretch on the road”
“Certain games more shots are going to be there and others my shot won’t be there that much. I hit a couple early, felt good and just kept feeling it. We came back, practiced really hard and prepared a lot better than we did in the past. We loose together, and we win together. We played to our strengths and limited our weaknesses.”
“Sure we felt like we had to win, we lost two games that we felt like we gave away. We had to prepare inward for this game and look at ourselves. This game we wanted to come out here, compete at a high level and play with extreme confidence. Everyone made plays tonight; it was a total team effort. You have to take it game by game, we’ll take the positives out of this game and continue to reinforce them and take the negatives to try to get better at them and try to prepare for our next game.”
“We wanted to end the half better than we did. We gave up the three and then the lay-up. We got off to a good start the second half. We went back to the practice courts and worked hard. We kept it together and just went back to the basics.”