Strong effort puts Illinois over Buckeyes
Sat, 5 Jan 2013|
John Groce, Paul, Egwu, and Coach Matta discuss Illinois' win over Ohio State, plus touch on how well Groce has done -1/5
I am really proud of our guys effort. I thought our toughness and togetherness was exceptional. I -- we -- gonna learn a lot about our guys after coming off the Wednesday's game and -- the way we practice last two days it felt really good they responded well. -- is really physically demanding and not once again thankful for the character of our guys in this coaching. Martin leadership's did they respond well we can get on them. You know -- put it. This fight today and I thought we fought certainly worked perfectly kicked around a little bit second half. Obviously you really did it well coached all Ohio State team it's a lot of basketball games. You know that the great thing about. This league -- you gotta stay somewhere in the middle can't get too high or too low. I do want that -- enjoy this one. But tomorrow we can't become self absorbed with it. Because we got another one on Wednesday coming right match. So this is the lately is what makes it fun and challenging but certainly proud of our effort our toughness and in our togetherness here today. We fly you know obviously the coach talked about. The toughest in practice and you know we keep every. Practice and tells us you know exit the game so we continued -- -- practice run that has placement they carry over the game. And we now excuse on offense you know we defend and rebound better. -- Two losses that they had earlier against Kansas and Duke it was the open shots today you guys contested. Pretty much everything -- know what was how were you able to defend them explosion. Hmmm I think we have better -- defense tonight. We. Usually do a good job with thirty shots and -- wanted to limit those shooters obviously decide had a pretty good game but who won them to take. Take a lot of shots and he took 21 you know to get 24 points let's go -- at this point so. Other than that you know the announcers to close out and I invited an -- wanted to shoot we contested them. And I think at a guy that came in again for us you know can contributed somewhere. Mean they're gone down -- ball screens. Saw the -- a great job with you know semi joke you know bird bring it down though the big man to com open and has popped open and -- -- open and the -- a good job of finding me. And American good parents so our guys is that it's all about. You know just I'm gonna go for an offense as we did today you know we had a welcome Mario promotion -- we played very well after -- -- -- room. How much more comfortable getting on the floor as you get more experience. I mean -- game by game you know you wanted to start -- things every day and so and what not to do want to do. So -- my -- my every passing game you know you sorry you keep learning and keep doing things better and some lessons taught a -- experience. It. Was the difference. You know I think just basically you know -- get to -- you get to give yourself the best opportunity to get the ball. It's on you gotta get position self you know I was -- -- Ball. But on it for yourself in the best position -- to grant them I think as a team we did obviously in the statue is amazing how. It's all around the whole team you know head you know what made an effort to you'd get some offense rebounds and you have to do it. You really can't have them you know get its offense boards and youths you know some a couple of close again. Look at that box scores or something Johnson person it's. -- -- -- I think our our sixteen turnovers you know we we he down twelve at halftime you -- sixteen points off turnovers. -- as -- you're you're playing great basketball team and and that's something. Did we don't turn the ball over and that was probably that's the biggest thing. You know that did. We felt like we were making shots out because of our turnovers. Didn't count out here. Yeah he's done a tremendous job in and you know it is is I said. You know. I think from the he's got these guys playing at a high level. As I told me to pitch obviously he's walked into groups which I should. -- players and they've been coached and and you know he's he's really done a tremendous job of kind of putting. You know. His his stamp on it and you know I think. You know just from the perspective. We're only was -- in the season in terms of before the season started we -- and now. In the middle of the Internet and I think everybody in the Big Ten that.