News Conference: Hawaii / Maryland / Oregon / Saint Joseph’s

News Conference: Hawaii / Maryland / Oregon / Saint Joseph’s


. Standing by. Standing by . Of Z standing by PLAYER #1: Is.
PLAYER #3: Is Roderick Bobbitt. PLAYER #2: Is Quincy Smi th.
THE MODERATOR: We’ll start with questions for the
student-athletes. MIKE
THOMAS: Is Mike Thomas. QUINCY SMITH: Is Quincy Smith. THE MODERATOR: We’ll start with
questions for the student-athletes.
Q. Roderick and Quincy, you guys played a team with a strong
back court in Cal in the last game. Melo Trimble and /RA /SHA
. Another good back court. What
do you see in those two guys that’s
maybe different from Cal but maybe some similar things you
can do to try to slow them down.
RODERICK BOBBITT: I would say they penetrate the ball a
lot, try to get into the lane and create shots for others. So
big thing that I took out of seeing the film of
Maryland. QUINCY SMITH: I think they s
hoot the ball really good. They shoot a high percentage
from /THRAE and they get to the /HREUPB a lot and they shoot
good free throws s s too. Q.
Q. What did you guys do to appreciate and celebrate the
accomplishment yesterday and how long did that last for and at
what point last night or this morning did the focus start to t
urn to Maryland?
RODERICK BOBBITT: Celebrate? I don’t know if we
did too much. After the game we were
pretty happy. But we know that we
had to put that game behind us and focus on Maryland who is a
great team and everybody on our end celebrated sell
/PWRAEU the eye /HR-PBD celebrated for us.
QUINCY SMITH: I got a lot of calls and texts, so just
replying to all of those that was my celebration. We got a
lot of night, got a lot of rest this morning and the coaches,
they prepared us for Maryland with the film and the walk
through today in practice.
MIKE THOMAS: Our families are here, so it’s good to
spend time with them after the game and just reflect on it.
But there’s a 24 hour rule that you
got to follow and get rid of it by
11 o’clock today and get ready for tomorrow. Q.
THE MODERATOR: All right. Thank you. We’ll have coach
up in just a few minutes. start with an opening statement
and then take questions.
COACH GANOT: Rasheed Sulaimon
/RA /# or coach. Q.
Q. Can you talk a little bit a bout what part of Maryland’s
game concerns you the most, h eading into the game?
REPLACENAME: Well there are a lot of parts there.
Obviously their balance is so good. But we just played
against a very /P big Cal team and these
/TKPWEUGS guys are bigger. So, we’ll have there.
But one of the reasons they’re so good and
obviously why they’re advancing to this point after having such
a good season is just their
balance. When you have an in side,
outside attack you surround t heir size with shooting, and a
dynamic point guard, you will h ave your handful. Obviously one
of the more efficient offensive
teams in the country. When I talk
about their balance, they defend as well, defend and rebound. S
o it will be another tall task, a
great challenge, a great opportunity for our program. Q.
Q. Your bench obviously has its little celebrations and has
gotten some attention for that t his year. Did you have any
hesitation about leg them kind of express themselves the way
they wanted to or did you encourage
it? COACH GANOT: One of the great
things every year is a ny’s different and a team starts to
form their personality. I like guys
who are real and genuine and do things to support their team in
a genuine fashion, provided it doesn’t take away from the team.
These guys our whole team has found a great balance there.
Back home our guys call them the Hawaii 50 has become our whole
team because when our guys who maybe
play more come out of a game they club. And that’s great to
see. Obviously, it’s served us well to this point so if it
ain’t broke, don’t fix it kind of
thing of the but it’s created great passion from every sick he will guy in the program.
There’s a genuine investment from every
single member of our team and in a way that doesn’t respect the
game or our opponents, if it did, obviously we would put a
stop to T but very pleased with their
genuine respect for each Orlando support for each other.
Q. Q. ^ [] ^ [] Aaron Valdes was saying that
when you were hired he was among a handful of
players Tharpe thinking about transferring, they were not h
appy? COACH GANOT: That’s encouraging
there. Q. about that and how
did you settle things down?
COACH GANOT: Well, I remember when I got hired first
thing I wanted to do, I remember it was a while wind, you get
the job, you’re jumping on a
/PHREUPB and then you have a nine a.m.
press conference and my request was I would like to meet with
the players first and look, there’s
I talk a lot about there’s so many
things basketball wise, ^ [] but nothing that /TPHAT terse as
much as relationships and so I was
obviously behind the 8-ball of the
and when I first spoke to them, I kind of just it was a
collectively and then we set individual meetings and this is
who I am a, had this is how we’re
going to run our program. I only had
a limited time because they were running me in a press con
/TPR-PBGS but just I wanted them to hear from me first before
they watched the press conference and
I appreciate Ted the U H administration a lug me to do
that and I just it was about letting get to know me and
/SPEPB spending individual time with them
and spending time with each of their familiar less and we went
from there. When you get a job, you’re going crazy and you’re
trying to do everything, but I didn’t think anything was more
important than that and I love that that’s what we did and this program will be built lake a
family and about rims and understanding how much we care
about them and what we’re about and
vice versa and so that I think that helps helped.
Obviously, over the course of the season, you get
/SOPL some buy in when you have some
success or you try to do things the right way, I think they go
hand in hand. And trust it takes time to build, but they
probably about me when I got t he job and I people were in
my ear about them and I told them that. I said, there’s no
assumptions or anything, I’m I don’t want to hear from anybody,
I want to hear from you. I
appreciate Ted them allowing me affording me that opportunity
and trying to start a relationship start.
Q. Q. Thank you, coach.
COACH GANOT: Thank you. FastScripts by ASAP Sports…. Thank you, coach.
COACH GANOT: Thank you. FastScripts by ASAP Sports….
^ []. MIKE THOMAS: Is Jake Layman.
QUINCY SMITH: Is Melo Trimble. COACH GANOT: Is Coach Turgeon JAKE
LAYMAN: Is Jake Layman. MELO TRIMBLE: Is Melo Trimble.
COACH TURGEON: Is Coach Turgeon. Of /-P .
THE MODERATOR: We’ll get started with questions for the
student-athletes. Q. ittle bit about the mood of the
team after letting South Dakota State university back into the
game late, has that game
late, has that upset University
back into the game late, has that upset people
on the team? MELO TRIMBLE: No, not really.
We know .
Has that upset people on the team?
MELO TRIMBLE: No, not really. We know basketball’s a and
we’re in a tournament now and everyone’s going to
give us their best shot. No one wants to lose, especially
, and we’re in a tournament now
and everyone’s going to give us their best shot. No
one wants to lose, especially this
time of the season. So, we wasn’t surprised. We knew that
they were going to make a run and we
just had to respond and we didn’t very well, th
tournament now and everyone’s going
to give us their best shot. No one wants to lose, especially
this time of the season. So, we
wasn’t surprised. We knew that they
were going to make a run and we just had to respond and we
didn’t really respond very well,
but e
tournament now and everyone’s going
to give us their best shot. No one wants to lose, especially
this time of the season. So, we
wasn’t surprised. We knew that they
were going to make a run and we just had to respond and we
didn’t really respond very well, but we
won, so that’s it.
Q. /-FPLT .
JAKE LAYMAN: We weren’t mad about what happened. I
think some bad fouls down the make a run and we just
had to respond and we didn’t really respond very well, but we
won, so that’s it.
JAKE LAYMAN: We weren’t mad about what happened. I
think some bad fouls down the stretch, some quick shots,
things that we can fix going forward.
Q. JAKE LAYMAN: We weren’t mad
about what happened. I think some bad fouls down the
stretch, some quick shots, things
that we can fix going forward. Q. Can you talk about Coach
Turgeon and through Utah the year what his style and demeanor
is with you guys.
MELO TRIMBLE: Focus and have fun and enjoy the moment.
It’s been a long season, we had a lot of up-and-downs but
through an out this whole season he just
wants us to have fun, because we
don’t always get moments like this.
JAKE LAYMAN: We just go off what he said, Coach Turgeon
always stresses just playing f ree and having fun out there.
At one point this season we got
caught up in where we were and thinking that we should beat
everybody by 20. But I think we ob of stressing to us that
that’s not going to happen every night. Q. Obviously the season’s not
over for you guys but looking back at every game you played
this year for both of you, what do
you think is your best win so far this season?
MELO TRIMBLE: Our best win? I say against
Ohio State. We really dominated that game.
We haven’t beat Ohio State since beaten them and just to go into
that game and really dominate that
whole game both halves, we p layed
really good. So that was the g ame I would say that was our
best. JAKE LAYMAN: I would say UConn
this year was probably our best game. I think that
that game was our most complete game
all around, defensively and offensively.
Q. the struggle in sort of
playing up to that level that UConn or the Ohio State level
since then?
MELO TRIMBLE: Just I guess getting caught up
in ourselves and being humble, I
guess, after those two games we just
lived in the hype and let everyone tell us that we were r
eally good. Instead of just focusing
on what we needed to get better on, especially our defense.
Those two games we really played said everyone was saying how
good we were and once we lost people
were down on us and so we were in so just looking back on that
, we just know what we have to do and just stay focused and
not let people on outside try to JAKE LAYMAN: I think that
defense is what’s going to win us games. I think in the games
that we have ^ loss ^ lost our defense hasn’t been very good.
Also, rebounding is a big focus for us.
Q. Q. Make a couple comments about
the matchup with Hawaii. MELO TRIMBLE: We watched Hawaii
before we played yesterday. We saw how active on
defense they were. They just play like they want to win.
They wanted it more yesterday, more
than Cal wanted it. You could tell how hard they were playing
on defense and the offensive side t
hey were executing their plays. ut there. And every team that
has fun, they play really well of
the. JAKE LAYMAN: I think Hawaii yesterday was
playing with nothing to lose. So they played
harder, played with more intensity. So I think tomorrow
we can’t let them play harder than
us. We need to play our style of game and play at our tempo.
Q. THE MODERATOR: All right.
Thank you. We’ll have coach mark Mark Turgeon up in a
moment. Of Ohio State high /* /* /*
(Pause.) THE MODERATOR: All right.
We’ll take questions for coach. about how you see the matchups
with Hawaii shaping up for your team where your strengths are,
especially. COACH TURGEON: team where your strengths are,
especially. COACH TURGEON: Well s with Hawaii shaping up for your
team where your strengths are, especially.
COACH TURGEON: Well, to me, this is the kind of team
that especially especially.
COACH TURGEON: Well, to me, this is the kind of team
that especially early in the year gave us fits. Tough m
atchup for us. Because their guard play
and they’re able to stretch the floor with their big guys. As
the year’s gone on ,
especially early in the year gave us fits. Tough matchup
for us. Because their guard play and they’re able to stretch
the floor with their big guys. As
the year’s gone on we have gotten
better at guarding gave us fits. Tough matchup
for us. Because their guard play and they’re able to stretch
the floor with their big guys. As
the year’s gone on we have gotten
better at guarding these teams. But with great guard play and
able to stretch the ball the way Hawaii does, it’s going ,
because their guard play and they’re able to stretch the
floor with their big guys. As the year’s gone on we have
gotten better at guarding these teams.
But with great guard play and able to stretch the ball the way
Hawaii does, it’s going to be a defensively. I think obvious
strengths for us are our inside presence,
offensively and defensively. Hopefully we can protect the rim
and hopefully we can score /ARPBTD the basket. And then we
have good guards too. So we defensively. I think obvious
strengths for us are our inside presence, offensively and
defensively. Hopefully we can protect
the rim and hopefully we can score /ARPBTD the basket. And
then we have good guards too. So we
have a lot of strengths, we’re playing better, we’re playing
with more confidence. So, it should
be a great game. Q.
Q. ^ [] Q. I asked Melo and Jake hopefully
we can score /ARPBTD the basket. And then we have good
guards too. So we have a lot of strengths, we’re playing
better, we’re playing with more
confidence. So, it should be a great
game. Q. I asked Melo and Jake the
same question, but I was just curious your perspective, what
do you think was your team’s best
win this year? COACH TURGEON: same question, but I was just
curious your perspective, what do you think was your team’s
best win this year?
COACH TURGEON: South Dakota State. Without question.
Because the magnitude of it. Advancing in the NCAA Tournament
. Q.
Beat a good team. Q. see if you can tell me some
of your memories your second coaching job obviously at Oregon
a few years there with /SKWRER
real estate and his stave with a lot
of guys who have gone on to coach. What’s some of your
memories from that time with the ducks
and that group that you had? COACH TURGEON: ^ [] well, it
was a great experience for me because I
lot of guys who have gone on to
coach. What’s some of your memories from that time with the
ducks and that group that you had?
COACH TURGEON: ^ [] well, it was a great experience for
me because I left the university of Kansas where we were winning all the time and took over a
program that was a little bit down d to really grind it.
Really proud of what we did there.
Coach Greene and our staff. C oach brass well, Coach Boyle ^
[], did some nice things. We made it to the NCAA Tournament,
we made basketball relevant, I thought. And what I do remember
is we had great kids, Kenny Wilkins
one of my all time favorite players to coach. ^ [] but the
league was really, really good back then. The /PORDZ in that
league with Jason kid and /PWRE VIN
night and Damon /STAUD Meyer, I mean we won the National
Championship with UCLA, Tyus Edny, another great point guard,
it was just loaded up. We had four
teams in the Sweet 16 that coach.
^ [] but the league was really, really good back then.
The /PORDZ in that league with Jason kid and /PWRE VIN night
and Damon /STAUD Meyer, I mean we
won the National Championship with
UCLA, Tyus Edny, another great point guard, it was just loaded
up. We had four teams in the Sweet
16 that year. One of those years.
So I think we had two national champions in the five years that
I was in the PAC-12, was it 10 or
12 then? 10, I think. So, I always loved living out there.
My wife and I loved it. We still
have some great friends, so it was a big part of our life.
Helped me become a much better coach
being at the we had two national champions
in the five years that I was in the PAC-12, was it 10 or 12
then? 10, I think. So, I always
loved living out there. My wife and I loved it. We still have
some great friends, so it was a big part of our life. Helped me become a much better coach being
at the university of Oregon. Q.
always loved living out there. My
wife and I loved it. We still have some great friends, so it
was a big part of our life. Helped
me become a much better coach being at the university of
Oregon. Q. How so on that?
COACH TURGEON: I had to grind it. It made me realize the
real world friends, so it was a big part
of our life. Helped me become a much better coach being at the
university of Oregon. Q. How so on that?
COACH TURGEON: I had to grind it. It made me realize
how the world the real world worked and the things you had to
do. Made some great recruiting
contacts and made a lot of great bout the profession at a young
age. I was pretty young when I was out there. So, it was a
Q. Really happy for t heir success, too. I’m
a big fan of Dana. Big fan. Q.
Q. You then were one of the finalists for the job, have you
ever thought about kind of your career and how maybe that goes a different way if you get that
Oregon job? COACH TURGEON: Yeah, it was p
robably a blessing. I think I was 31 might have been
32. I probably looked like I was Because didn’t have the
stress of a head coach so I didn’t
have the grays and the lines and all that stuff. But I think
Bill probably made a goodie six with
err knee. Err knee did a great job. Allowed me to /PWHRAEUS a
different path. I think that I wouldn’t trade my path for
anything. Starting at J acksonville
state and working my /WAEUP way up has been a great
adventure. Q. trouble and probably didn’t have
the kind of debut he was looking for. Did you say
anything to him after the game and do you think he’s kind of
more I thought Diamond was terrific yesterday.
I thought his defense was outstanding. That kid was a
heck of a player. I thought Diamond
competed and they were doubling, do it. But he had a couple big buckets in the second half and I
was really proud of him. He wouldn’t have been able to give
us that two months ago and what he
gave us defensively, his p resence, and he posted up hard
and he wore them down. So, I thought
he was terrific. I just bragged and I think he feels pretty good about himself heading into
tomorrow .
Q. Q. When you got to Maryland and
followed Gary, who obviously had been there for /HR-PBG time,
you had been in a couple places along. What was kind of the
pressure on you going to there and how did kind of that
program take you in after having long time with such success?
COACH TURGEON: Well, obviously it takes some guts to
follow a legend like Gary. And I’ve been lucky with the people
I’ve been around and I wanted to be at a program where you have
a chance to be great every year.
It’s been a battle to get where we
R our last two years we won a lot of games and we’re starting
to recruit at a high level. But
whenever you take over a program accept you right away. Maryland
did that. Gary had a lot to do with
it. Gary was talked very positive about me. And then the
former players, where there’s a , really reached out. We have
done a nice job of forming relationships with our
former players and really that’s to have a great job and that’s
what was important to me and I have one and hopefully we’re
going to do great things with it. ^
[] ^ [] .
THE MODERATOR: All right. Thank you.
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Thank you. FastScripts by ASAP Sports….
^ [] ^ []. JAKE LAYMAN: Is Elgin Cook.
MELO TRIMBLE: Is Dwayne Benjamin.
COACH TURGEON: Is coach /ALT /ALT Coach Altman.
THE MODERATOR: ELGIN
COOK: Is Elgin Cook. DWAYNE BENJAMIN: Is Dwayne
Benjamin. COACH ALTMAN: Is Coach Altman.
THE MODERATOR: Is of We’ll get started with
questions for the student-athletes.
Q. the other night, what
have you seen from St. Joe’s, obviously they have
got a layup that matches than Holy Cross,
but so ,
they have got a layup that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film
that NEU
that matches yours a little bit better than Holy
Cross, but so far what for both you
guys, what have you seen on film that either concerns
P that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film
that either concerns you that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film
that either concerns you or little bit better than Holy
Cross, but so far what for both you
guys, what have you seen on film that either concerns you or
feels little bit better than Holy
Cross, but so far what for both you
guys, what have you seen on film that either concerns you or
feels like
li that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film
that either concerns you or feels
like you can that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film
that either concerns you or feels
like you can have a that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film
that either concerns you or feels
like you can have an advantage? that matches yours a
little bit better than Holy Cross, but so far what for both
you guys, what have you seen on film
that either concerns you or feels
like you can have an advantage? they’re a very versatile team,
they got But so far what for both you
guys, what have you seen on film that either concerns you or
feels like you can have an advantage? DWAYNE BENJAMIN: We know
they’re a very versatile team, they got a lot of guys who can
do a lot of , what for both you guys, what have you seen on film
that either concerns you or feels
like you can have an advantage? they’re a very versatile team,
they got a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things.
And it’s kind of like us but a good
three-point shooting team and it’s
something that we have to worry about and just where real estate
versatility with those guys. versatile team
it’s kind of like us but a good
three-point shooting team and it’s
something that we have to worry about and just where real estate about the versatility with those
guys. ELGIN COOK: They’re a very
versatile team and they play really hard and execute their
plays and they can shoot the three
well, so we need to do a better job of clues
estate about the versatility with
those guys. ELGIN COOK: They’re a very
versatile team and they play really hard and execute their
plays and they can shoot the three
well, so we need to do a better job of closing down on their j
ust run them off the line. Q.
Q. What did you guys learn from being in this spot last year
and being in the second round against Wisconsin and what s
tands out about that game to you?
ELGIN COOK: I think at the end of the day we got to come
out and execute and just play our basketball game and know who
we are as a team. Don’t try to get
outside ourself and try to do things that we aren’t accustomed
to doing, just play Oregon the is /HAERL dead in
coaching circles every where, he was you know /SRERS Sally
considered a great coach. What was it about him that made you
guys say, all right, I want to play at Oregon, I want to play
for this guy?
DWAYNE BENJAMIN: ‘S teacher. He just explains everything everything, he’s great at what
he does. He’s consistent in everything he does. Every day
is the same. He’s a great person
and a great coach and that’s the reasons why. He just always
let’s you know what he expects of you and he does a good job of
that. ELGIN COOK: I would have to say
the same. He pushes me hard on and off the court. He’s
not a big yell letter, he will tell you something ones or twist
and ^ [] by the second time if you don’t get it right he gets
on you, but he’s a great t eacher.
Q. sort of the vibe of the team right now? I know
Coach Altman said you guys were a little tight going into the
game against Holy Cross and Dillon
yesterday saids he was even scared
didn’t want to be the first 1 seed to lose to a 16. Are you
more comfortable now that you got a
win under your belt or are you guys
still a little tight going into tomorrow’s game?
DWAYNE BENJAMIN: Never comfortable. We’re not /KOFPL
for the able at all. But we just got a better feel for the
court. That’s maybe one of the reasons
why. A better feel for the court,
different atmosphere, more p eople every game means more, but
I wouldn’t say that we’re
comfortable but a little more confident
just coming in, playing well yesterday, but we just I say
it’s just a little more confident
with the way we played yesterday .
ELGIN COOK: We’re not satisfied and it feels good to wins
together and that was a big win for us yesterday.
But at the same time, we got a game plan and we got to execute
it and we just got to get c
omfortable with the arena and i t’s a for us as well.
Q. Q. St. Joe’s does a good job of
not turning the ball over very often. How do you make
them uncomfortable and force s ome
turnovers? DWAYNE BENJAMIN: Play the way
we play. Speed the game up, run our zone, and run put
pressure on same way. I don’t think
we’ll switch up the way we play. We’ll try to be real active
with and just being in all the right spots to try to make a
couple place and hopefully that leads to some turnovers.
ELGIN COOK: I think if we bring the energy on the
defensive end and just be intense, set our zone up, be
active in it, we’ll get our hands on some
balls and I think we’ll be fine. Q. Oregon isn’t tip kick Lee
association she a the defendant with being a No. 1 seed. Not
like an Arizona is these teams that
are used to doing it year in and year out. Can you feel the
target on your back in any way? Is there any more responsibi
lity or pressure knowing that you’re
everyone’s looking at you as a No.
1? DWAYNE BENJAMIN: The /SRAOUB I
get from everybody, we’re much over that. We don’t look at
ourself as a No. 1 seed, we just look at who we got to
play and that’s St. Joe’s and we think we’re a pretty good team
and we’re just focusing on that game
we’re not focusing on any number
next to our name or anything like that, we’re just trying to
play basketball for as long as we
can. ELGIN COOK: The same. I think
we don’t pay attention to that as much to the seeding
period. No matter whether we were
going to be a /A a 1 or 10 or wherever we’re playing at, we
/SWRUS want to continue to play.
Q. Q. St. Joe’s might not have a
six 10 guy like Chris who can shoot threes but in what ^ waste
^ ways do you see similarities between you guys and St. Joe’s? DWAYNE BENJAMIN: I would say
maybe the biggest thing is they got a couple guys like me
and Elgin, a couple guys who can do
a lot of things, will cover guys , can do a lot of things,
^ pass ^ past the ball well, shoot it, can defend a lot of
positions, just their /SREURS till /TAOEFT wings and the four
men that can do a lot of things,
just like us. But besides the fact
maybe not a Chris or maybe not a Jordan, but they got a lot of
guys who can do a lot of things. mix it up pretty well.
They got a lot of versatile guys and they play extremely hard.
Q. Thank you. We’ll have coach
up in a moment. (Pause.) /*
THE MODERATOR: We’ll start with questions for coach.
Q. you kind of see almost a
similar version of you guys? There’s a
, do you kind of see almost a
similar version of you guys? There’s a lot of six six, six
seven guys that can play around
different positions and such. COACH ALTMAN: It’s going
6, six seven guys
that can play around different positions and such.
COACH ALTMAN: It’s going to be a
‘, six seven guys
that can play around different positions and such.
COACH ALTMAN: It’s going to be a tough
6, six seven guys
that can play around different positions and such.
COACH ALTMAN: It’s going to be a tough matchup
for “, six seven
guys that can play around different positions and such.
COACH ALTMAN: It’s going to be a tough matchup for us, I
agree with you. I think can play around different
positions and such. COACH ALTMAN: It’s going to be
a tough matchup for us, I agree with you. I think that
” guys
that can play around different positions and such.
COACH ALTMAN: It’s going to be a tough matchup for us, I
agree with you. I think that t hey’re athletic, they play
really hard, they won their conference
tournament here and playing very basketball teams and Phil does
a good job. He gets them to play
and they’re playing with tremendous confidence and
watching them play yesterday, t hey were
loose and confident and aggressive.
areplaying similar basketball teams and
Phil does a good job. He gets them
to play and they’re playing with watching them play yesterday,
they were loose and confident and
aggressive. So, we’re very well. So I think we are
similar basketball teams and Phil
does a good job. He gets them to play and they’re playing with tremendous confidence and
watching them play yesterday, they were
loose and confident and aggressive. So, we’re going to
have to play basketball teams and Phil does
a good job. He gets them to play and they’re playing with
tremendous confidence and watching them play yesterday,
they were loose and confident and
aggressive. So, we’re going to have to
play awfully well. Q. confidence. And watching them
play yesterday, they were loose and confident and
aggressive. So, we’re going to have
to play awfully well. Q. Loose and confident are also
two words that you are priors
players have used to describe themselves and how they’re
feeling especially after getting that
first round win out of the way. How
have you ^ scene ^ season ^ seen them respond? Any differently
than a regular season game? COACH ALTMAN:
have used to describe themselves and
how they’re feeling especially after getting that
first round win out of the way. How
have you ^ scene ^ season ^ seen them respond? Any differently
than a regular season game? COACH ALTMAN: We’re trying to
get them to play that way. I thought we did a great job in
the conference tournament of being
aggressive, which helps you be confident. So, we have got to
continue that. We’re game? COACH ALTMAN: We’re trying to
get them to play that way. I thought we did a great job in
the conference tournament of being
aggressive, which helps you be confident. So, we have got to
continue that. We’re not going to play any bad teams, so we
have got to be the aggressor, we want
our guys to be confident and relaxed and play as hard as they
can. So, it’s something that we
have stressed, I thought we did a good job in the conference
tournament and now we just got to try to continue that.
Q. .
We want our guys to be confident and
relaxed and play as hard as they can. So, it’s something that
we have stressed, I thought we did
a good job in the conference tournament and now we just got
to try to continue that. Q. I’m curious about Phil
Richmond he goes from being a manager to a walk-on on your
team and he .
I thought we did a good job in the conference
tournament and now we just got to try to continue that.
Q. I’m curious about Phil Richmond he goes from being a
manager to a walk-on on your team and he approached you and
said he wanted to play, why did you
say ,
we just got to try to continue that.
Q. I’m curious about Phil Richmond he goes from being a
manager to a walk-on on your team and he approached you and
said he wanted to play, why did you
say yes? And obviously you know COACH ALTMAN: Well, yeah .
He goes from being a manager to a walk-on on your
team and he approached you and said
he wanted to play, why did you say yes? And obviously you know his family really well.
COACH ALTMAN: Well, yeah, his d ad and I go back to 1984.
So, I’ve known his father for a long time, but Phil ,
and he approached you and said he wanted to play, why did you
say yes? And obviously you know COACH ALTMAN: Well, yeah, his
dad and I go back to 1984. So, I’ve known his father for a
long time, but Phil came to Oregon
a year ago and was our manager and
. Why did you say yes? And
obviously you know his family really well.
COACH ALTMAN: Well, yeah, his dad and I go back to 1984.
So, I’ve known his father for a long time, but Phil came to
Oregon a year ago and was our manager
and came to me this summer and said
he wanted to try to walk-on and help the team and so he just a
little bit and has helped us out in practice a
year ago and was our manager and came to me this summer and
said he wanted to try to walk-on and
help the team and so he just changed his role a little bit
and has helped us out in practice
and he’s done a great job. He’s all about the team, very
unselfish a year ago and was our manager
and came to me this summer and said he wanted to try to
walk-on and help the team and so he
just changed his role a little bit and has helped us out in
practice and he’s done a great job. He’s all about the team,
very unselfish young man, and has
gone a done a great job for us
Q. . Q. Do you wonder now if the rest
of your managers are going to walk-on? Have any of them
approached you? COACH ALTMAN: Well, the door’s
always open. We’re going to keep a few managers to work
out in practice, but no, I think feel pretty comfortable in their role. But Phil has done a good
job and I’m glad that he’s h elped
the team in this regard. Our managers are so important, they
do a great job, it’s just a little d
ifferent role for him. Q. Q. What do you see in Roman this
year? You’ve seen more of him in practice. Where has he
gained through the year and when season of lifting, has he
seemed bigger, stronger or more
confident? COACH ALTMAN: He really has.
It’s been a matter of I just got comfortable with the
seven man rotation and it’s hard to
explain that to Kendall and Roman at times, because they
have done enough in practice to get some
time. But we have kind of stuck ut when we have needed them,
they have stepped up and done a great
job. Roman at rotation and it’s hard to
explain that to Kendall and Roman at times, because they
have done enough in practice to get some
time. But we have kind of stuck but when we have needed them,
they have stepped up and done a great
job. Roman at Utah, at A rizona,
gave us big lifts in both those games. And Kendall has stepped
in in a number of ball games and
helped us out. So, it’s a tough ompetitor, you want to play more
, but I have to admire the way both
those guys have handled it and put the
team in front of themselves. They have been games. And Kendall has stepped
in in a number of ball games and helped us out. So, it’s a
tough role to be in, you’re a competitor, you want to play
more, but I have to admire the way
both those guys have handled it and put the team in front of
themselves. They have been very mature about it, very
professional, and that’s unusual . It’s hard. I think they have done a great job of that.
Q. Q. What’s the difference with
Roman this year? COACH ALTMAN: Well, he’s much
more physical offensively he’s improved his skills, he
loves working, he’s in the gym shooting the ball all the time.
If he can find somebody to rebound, he’ll be in there
shooting it. So he’s improved his
skill level. He has gotten stronger. He needs to continue
to work on his defense, he’s not
confident in a lot of his He’s
improved his skills, he loves working, he’s in the gym
shooting the ball all the time. If he can find somebody to
rebound, he’ll be in there shooting it. So he’s improved
his skill level. He has gotten
stronger. He needs to continue to
work on his defense, he’s not confident in a lot of his
defensive things that he needs to continue
to work on. But other than that,
he’s done a great job, making progress in almost every area.
Q. tronger.
He needs to continue to work on his defense, he’s not
confident in a lot of his defensive things that he needs
to continue to work on. But other
than that, he’s done a great job,
making progress in almost every area.
Q. In your last eight games of course in the PAC-12 had you
that two road games that you ^ loss ^ lost. What was the
difference ins those two losses and in how obviously you said
your team’s playing well, obviously
they won the PAC-12 tournament, what was the difference between
those two losses on the road and COACH ALTMAN: Well, we have
played well the last nine games, but before that we did h
ave the Bay Area trip that we were
not very good. We didn’t play well at all. California jumped
on us and popped us pretty good and
then we lost to Stanford two days
later. And I’m not shooter what the problem was. But we didn’t have much energy, our ball
movement was bad, we just were not very
good. Fortunately, our seniors and Elgin Cook really had a sense fter that
road trip and we finished and won the last
five regular season games and were able to win
was. But we didn’t have much
energy, our ball movement was bad,
we just were not very good. Fortunately, our seniors and
Elgin Cook really had a sense of
urgency after that road trip and we
finished and won the last five regular season games and were
able to win the conference and then p
layed well in the conference tournament not
very good. Fortunately, our seniors and Elgin Cook really
had a sense of urgency after that
road trip and we finished and won
the last five regular season games and were able to win the
conference and then played well in the conference tournament and yesterday. So
seniors and Elgin Cook really had a
sense of urgency after that road trip and we finished and
won the last five regular season conference and then played well
in the conference tournament and
yesterday. So, the one thing in all
nine games, except with the exception of the Arizona game,
eight of the nine games is we
rebounded the ball much finished and won the last five
regular season games and were able to win the conference and
then played well in the conference
tournament and yesterday. So, the one thing in all nine games, except with the exception of the
Arizona game, eight of the nine much better
road trip and we finished and won
the last five regular season games and were able to win the
conference and then played well in
the conference tournament and yesterday. So, the one thing in
all nine games, except with the
exception of the Arizona game, eight
of the nine games is we rebounded the ball much better.
In my eye eyes that’s a sign of playing
hard and being aggressive and we the one thing in all nine
games, except with the exception of
the Arizona game, eight of the nine games is we rebounded the
ball much better. In my eyes that’s
a sign of playing hard and being continue to do that .
Q. Q. Last night in the broadcast t
hey said that DeAndre’ Bembry was the best player that
nobody know rebounded
the ball much better. In my eyes that’s a sign of
playing hard and being aggressive and we want to try to
continue to do that.
Q. Last night in the broadcast they said that DeAndre’
Bembry was the best player that nobody knows in the tournament. and we want to try to continue
to do that. Q. Last night in the broadcast
they said that DeAndre’ Bembry was the best player that
nobody knows in the tournament. about playing
hard and being aggressive and we want to try to continue
to do that. Q. Last night in the broadcast
they said that DeAndre’ Bembry was the best player that
nobody knows in the tournament. about Mark Few not knowing his
name. Can you talk about him a little
bit, what kind of player you think
he is and how you’re going to try to slow him down?
COACH ALTMAN: Well, he’s talented and he’s versatile. l
ot of different ways. I’m not sure exactly what
his numbers are, but I think he’s got about 150 assists, w
hich is phenomenal for anybody. He’s a
very good pass serve, makes p lay,
averages 17 points a game, we don’t get a lot of A-10 games, b
ut the games I was able to watch d
uring the season, really impressed
with the way he handled the ball and the way he made plays for
his So he cannot only score himself and get 17 a game, but
oes a great job of making plays. able to watch during the
season, really impressed with the way
he handled the ball and the way he made plays for his teammates. So he cannot only score himself
and get 17 a game, but he does a Q. Apologies if this is a bit of
a broad question. When you first arrived at Oregon, what
did you think of that andled the ball and the way he
made plays for his teammates. So
he cannot only score himself and get 17 a game, but he does a
great job of making plays. Q. Apologies if this is a bit of
a broad question. When you first arrived at Oregon, what
did you think of that initial hand
that you were dealt and what did you visualize for the future?
COACH ALTMAN: Well, any time you go into a job a number
of players were leaving and so we didn’t h
ave a lot to start with. he guys gentleman Von Kay /TROPB in
particular ^ [] really worked hard and we got better as
the season went on and I thought
they did a great job. Really owe a lot to that first group
for just putting up with me and
trying to get some things going the
way we wanted to. And then after that we have gotten good
players. Guys that were easy to work with and
I thought they did a great job. Really owe a lot to that
first group for just putting up with me and trying to get some
things going the way we wanted to. And then after that we have gotten good players. Guys that
were easy to work with and E.J. and /TKPWAEUR /RET were ^ []
hold offers that did a great job of
trying to work with me and trying to get things going the
direction that we wanted them to go. And we have always had g
ood guys to work with. Been very
pleased with that. And the guys anted to be there and wanted to
work and get better and compete and so I envisioned coming get
things going the direction that we wanted them to
go. And we have always had good guys to work with. Been very
pleased with that. And the guys that have stayed with us have
wanted to be there and wanted to work and get better and compete and so I envisioned coming here
and working and getting a staff that would believe in what we
were trying to do and stay with it been fortunate enough, I
have a great staff that has been with me and we have got
really good players to work with .
Q. Q. There are obviously a lot of
elements that go into /TOEFP The guys up here when I a
sked them what made them want to come to Oregon they said well
da in a’s a teacher. On your and
we have got really good players to work with.
Q. There are obviously a lot of elements that go into
coaching. The guys up here when I asked them what made them
want to come to Oregon they said well
da in a’s a teacher. On your list of priorities, how high is
teaching versus some of the other
stuff that goes into the job? COACH ALTMAN: Well, that’s a
big part of it, because you want guys, 30 years from now, to
— I should say 20, I’m not shooter 30 years, that’s a long
time out — but 20 years from now
they feel good about playing for you and hope some of the things that you talked about during
that time stay with them. And I know
they get tired of hearing the same things over and over again, there are certain things that we
think are important and whether basketball or not basketball, t
hat we think are important, and we just keep going over and
over again. But I hope guys leave
and feel like they had fun. We want them to enjoy it. We know
it’s a lot of works, but we want them to leave thinking, man,
that was a great two, three, four
years, whatever they have an opportunity to spend with us.
Q. Q. Is it true that Mitch was
your first recruit as a coach. COACH ALTMAN: No.
lot of works, but we want them to
leave thinking, man, that was a great two, three, four years,
whatever they have an opportunity to
spend with us. Q. Is it true that Mitch was
your first recruit as a coach. COACH ALTMAN: No. I was a
Junior college coach. I had coached a year at southeast, ^
[] and then I was at Mo better Lee
Junior college and I had been there a year and then Mitch came
in my second and third year ^ [] ^
[] and we went 35-5 and 34-4th two
years Mitch won 69 games and I f ound a way to lose nine. So, we had a pretty good Junior college
team. ^ [] Q. .
Q. When you have a team that’s m ade up of a lot of quote
unquote wing players, a lot of 6′-5″, six six, six seven guys
that you have, do you look at whether
they can play on the inside whether offensively or
defensively first or do you is it kind of
the outside game and they learn the inside game as they mature
and their career? COACH ALTMAN: All of them come
at different levels of where they feel most comfortable
playing. We just kind of go f rom
there. We love versatile p layers. In our recruiting we
talk about it, can they play more
than one spot. We don’t have a traditional offense, guys i
nside, you know, we try to get up-and-down the floor, so
versatility is a big thing that we talk
about in recruiting and we take players from where they feel
most comfortable and we always talk
about playing to their strengths Fortunately, we have had a
group that’s really bought into that
and everybody wants to shoot threes the ball and bring it up
, because that’s where all the girls watch them bring it up, y
ou know, so everybody’s got to kind
of start at where they feel most comfortable and try to build f
rom there and how much time they
spend in the gym determines most of
that. We try to put them in a good position, but how much time they spend in the gym is really
where we can build from that and ike Dillon, Elgin, /OUL
all /-F of our guys we have had a pretty good
group that have been in the gym quite a bit.
Q. /RET, Jovanovic I’m curious
since you guys got a one seed from you heard from them?
COACH ALTMAN: Oh, yeah. Yeah. No, Jovanovic was one.
First ^ [] texts we got and /TKPWAEUR /RET, E.J., all of
them have ^ [] ^ [] Dee /SROE Joseph, owe
lieu, ^ [], as I look back, we have heard from — they all feel
like they got a part of this. It
doesn’t happen overnight. So, a s I’m thinking back, there’s
maybe a handful that we haven’t heard
from, but most of the guys I’ve received a text or a phone call,
because they feel a part of it. to build and trying to get
better and each year’s different, but
I’ve heard from almost everybody it the previous five years.
Q. Q. Any really memorable messages
, text, pep talk that is ? COACH ALTMAN: No. Most of them
just congrats, and I think they know that they’re
part of it, but I made shooter that I them, how much a part of
it they are. Johnny /HROEUD and all the guys, we
don’t get to this point ^ [] without
all their contributions over the years. So, hopefully we can
keep it going, but to get to this p
oint, those guys have been really
important to us. Q. talked about shooting
threes and Elgin’s first year I shooting anywhere outside of the
pain paint. Now it’s a threat for him to s
core from three if teams leave him What’s the process of s
tretching that jump per out farther
and farther to where it is now? COACH ALTMAN: A lot of work in
the gym. Elgin’s put in time and you’re right, the first
year, I don’t think he took a shot out side the lane.
And last year he built upon that a
little bit and this year he’s built it — and it doesn’t h
appen overnight. Shooting takes y
ears. I’m really kind of i mpressed
with how far he’s come in such a short period of time, because
it takes a long time. Shooting is one of those skills it
just, you got to be in the gym all the time and usually it
takes a couple years. But he has made a lot of progress.
THE MODERATOR: All right. Thank you. ELGIN COOK: Is DeAndre’ Bembry. DWAYNE BENJAMIN: Is Isaiah
Miles. RODERICK BOBBITT: Is Aaron
Brown. COACH ALTMAN: Is Coach
Martelli. ircumstance, circumstance
seven, six eight, 6′-9″ six MILES: Is Isaiah Miles.
AARON BROWN: Is Aaron Brown. COACH MARTELLI: Is Coach
Martelli. Circumstance circumstance,
circumstance seven, six eight, circumstance circumstance six 6′ -6″
6′ -6″ six six six eight 6′-9″ started with questions for the
student-athletes. Q. of have a rep of being the
best player in the country that no one knows
about. I think most of us have game but what do people need to
know about you and your personality? DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: Well, I’m a t
eam type of guy. The team’s first to me people need to
know about you and your personality?
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: Well, I’m a team type of guy. The
team’s first to me. I guess I’m a secret or I guess I was a
secret, but these guys know that I was always the same player, I was always this confident
, or I guess I was a
secret, but these guys know that I was always the same player, I was always this confident, and I
‘m just trying to win games and it
doesn’t matter what way it comes, if I have to score the b
all or if if
. And I’m just trying to win
games and it doesn’t matter what way it
comes, if I have to score the ball
or if if I have to pass the ball , I’m just trying to figure out
ways to win the games and that’s
. If I have to score the ball
or if if I have to pass the ball, I’m just trying to figure
out ways to win the games and that’s
what I’ve been doing most of my Q. people need to know
about him do you think? ISAIAH MILES: I think that
last have to pass the ball, I’m just
trying to figure out ways to win the games and that’s what
I’ve been doing most of my career.
Q. What do people need to know about him do you think?
ISAIAH MILES: I think that last night people got a
glimpse of it, but his fire and his mentality. He’s a
competitor and he wants to win. I think
that a lot of people definitely got
a glimpse , do you think?
ISAIAH MILES: I think that last night people got a
glimpse of it, but his fire and his mentality. He’s a
competitor and he wants to win. I think
that a lot of people definitely got
a glimpse of just how his demeanor on the court, he’s a
competitor competitor. He wants to win.
He wants to win every game. I think me and Aaron, we feed off
of , and he wants to win. I think
that a lot of people definitely got
a glimpse of just how his demeanor on the court, he’s a
competitor. He wants to win. He wants to win every game. I
think me and Aaron, we feed off of that and that definitely — a
nd it’s always the team. We try to
match his energy and match his fire I think me and Aaron, we feed
off of that and that definitely — and it’s always
the team. We try to match his energy and match his fire.
AARON BROWN: Yeah, one thing I can say, one word I would
use to describe him as a player is self less. Because ^ [] he
shares the ball, usually you see a superstar , is self less.
Because ^ [] he shares the ball, usually you see
a superstar and it’s like, okay Because ^ [] he
shares the ball, usually you see a superstar and it’s like,
okay, they’re going out to get theirs. ,
because ^ [] he shares the ball, usually you see
a superstar and it’s like, okay,
they’re going out to get theirs. It’s like he /RAELS
really goes outs of shares
the ball, usually you see a superstar and it’s like, okay,
they’re going out to get theirs. It’s
like he really goes outs of his way
to get us going before he gets . Because he shares the ball, usually you see a
superstar and it’s like, okay, they’re
going out to get theirs. It’s like he really goes outs of his
way to get us going before he gets
himself going sometimes. And those
kind of players are special and we really appreciate that.
Q. to get us going before he gets
himself going sometimes. And those
kind of players are special and we really appreciate that.
Q. I want to go back to that
, and we really appreciate that. Q. I want to go back to that
game winning assist you had last night. One of the options
on the play would have been you driving to the basket. But it
just seemed like -winning
assist you had last night. One of the options
on the play would have been you driving to the basket. But it
just seemed like really quick in to
the shot clock you wanted Isaiah to be able to hit that game
hree. What was going through your mind there?
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: It was either a pick and pop or me
driving to the rim. The defense came both, they both jumped
– through your mind there?
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: It was either a pick and pop or me
driving to the rim. The defense came both, they both jumped on
me and game-winning three. What was
going through your mind there? DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: It was either
a pick and pop or me driving to the rim. The defense
came both, they both jumped on me
and I just made a simple ^ pass ^ past to eye Isaiah Miles,
that’s one of his best shots in his c
areer, but that’s pretty much it. jump shots like that
throughout his me and I just made a simple ^
pass ^ past to eye Isaiah Miles, his career, but that’s pretty
much it. He hit so many jump shots
like that throughout his career, ide open jump shots and I think
it was ,
and I just made a simple ^ pass ^ past to eye Isaiah Miles,
that’s one of his best shots in his career, but that’s pretty
much it. He hit so many jump shots
like that throughout his career, think it was just a bigger
moment im. to eye Isaiah Miles, that’s one of his best shots in his career,
but that’s pretty much it. He hit so many jump shots like that
throughout his career, just wide
open jump shots and I think it was just a bigger moment for
him. He knocked it down for us and
I’m glad Miles, that’s one of
his best shots in his career, but that’s pretty much it. He
hit so many jump shots like that
throughout his career, just wide open
jump shots and I think it was just a bigger moment for him.
He knocked it down for us and I’m
glad that he did. Q.
Q. What was your reaction after that shot, after his first
game winning shot? DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: The reaction
was get back on defense. It was about six seconds left or
seven seconds left, plenty of games where that you lost in a m
atter of.20 seconds, five s econds,
so definitely get back on defense and try to get a stop,
and what we tried to do. Q. Obviously, that
, or seven seconds left, plenty
of games where that you lost in a
matter of.20 seconds, five seconds,
so definitely get back on defense and try to get a stop,
and that’s what we tried to do.
Q. Obviously, that last second shot by Cincinnati was called
off. Kind of a two part question for all three of you.
After winning an emotional game like t
hat, and then seeing how Oregon handled what
we tried to do. Q. Obviously, that last second
shot by Cincinnati was called off. Kind of a two part
question for all three of you. After
winning an emotional game like that, and then seeing how Oregon handled Holy Cross, would you
rather be in the position that you
are where you had that last second win or would you have
rather going into this second g ame? controversy is good because it
grow. So, we grew some last night. Because earlier in
the year, we would lose games l ike that. I thought it was good for us as growing and learning.
We learned a lot from last night
and if we can transform or put that into this Oregon game, we
will be a lot better off. ight from that, but I think s
that we have a lot more in the tank and a lot more
to show for tomorrow. Last night probably wasn’t our best
defensive game and I think we can play a lot better defense
and hopefully we get a chance
tomorrow to show, step up on that side
of the court. DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: I would say it doesn’t really
matter. We won. We’ll take a win
however, especially when it’s a win or
go home, you’ll take any type of win. It would have been fun to go into overtime again,
Cincinnati’s been in so many crazy games
like that throughout this year, but I’m happy it didn’t count.
But like I said, a win is a win and we definitely will grow from it.
Q. Q. I was curious, do you have a
favorite player that you tried to model your game after? DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: I try to model
my game after so many different people
Q. . Q. Like who?
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: You can go from Scott pea /PEUP pen to
^ [] Steve Francis to Tracy McGrady. It’s just so many
different people I try to model my game
after, try and get bits and pieces
from each different type of guys . You can ask these guys in
practice if I do a fade away or something I’m like could he pea
or I see it. Make or little things
like that. But ^ [] I try to get
bits and pieces from different guys. No matter if it’s a point guard or a center.
Q. you try to model yourself
after? ISAIAH MILES: Definitely one of
my favorite players center. Q. Same question for you, who do
you try to model yourself after?
ISAIAH MILES: Definitely one of my favorite players in
the hometown or a center.
Q. Same question for you, who do you try to model yourself
after? ISAIAH MILES: Definitely one of
my favorite players in the hometown kid, Carmel low
Anthony. I grew up watching him.
Always had a smooth stroke, always moved around with the
ball of the he’s great without the ball.
Same with Reggie million /HRERBGS just moving without the
ball. Yeah, I definitely grew up
watching him and that’s what I try to model my game after the
most Q. .
Q. What kind of outside /AOE reaction did you hear from
the world whether it was back home or
anywhere else in the world after last
night? ISAIAH MILES: Just a bunch of
different reactions. Just from either calling me the prove
/TPET Isaiah, ^ [], people calling me text /TUPBG me saying
thank you, thank you. Guys mad up. Guys telling me you’re the
bacon nay terrible in honor of me. ^ [] (they’re going to eat) just a bunch of mixed reaction
/SHUPBGS but all positive and all
motivational. Q.
Q. Do you remember where the prove /TPET Isaiah came from?
ISAIAH MILES: was calling you that?
ISAIAH MILES: Oh just a bunch of like St. Joseph’s fans
were tweeting out to me saying that. a bunch of
players sort of like you that’s what they talked about, too,
about their versatility, a bunch of w
ing type players, 6′-5″, 6′-6″, 6′-8″, for all three, how do you
guys feel about the matchup? AARON BROWN: I personally like
the matchups, because like you said, across the board
they’re similar to us in style and
height and weight and stuff. So I think it’s going to be a
very, very good game tomorrow.
ISAIAH MILES: Same what Aaron said. We matchup to them
pretty well. They don’t have one guy that’s too big like
Cincinnati had DeBerry, he was hard to get off the glass of the but they don’t have a guy that
is hard to stop, we’ll just try to
come and play our game and just be strong.
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: I just think that it’s going to be a
really good game, very fast and up tempo type of game because
even their centers dribble the ball
and shoot threes, so it’s very similar to Isaiah when he’s the
five and then we run Aaron at the
four sometimes or pop him out when he’s or Papa when he’s in,
so there’s going to be a lot of
shooting, a lot of running and I’m to it.
Q. Q. Before yesterday have you g
uys watched the ducks at all? Do you know, did you know
anything about them coming into this?
You don’t I’m guessing you don’t get the Pac-12 Network.
AARON BROWN: Not at all. From what we see on ESPN like
high /HRAEUTS and stuff, but other than that
Q. . Q. What did you think of them
when you saw the highlights? COACH MARTELLI:
? AARON BROWN: I thought they
were a fast team, I really didn’t see much. I just would
see scores and box scores and l ike
man, they’re kicking butt. Other than that, no, I haven’t
seen any, anything.
ISAIAH MILES: No, I haven’t watched them until this we
watched scout and watched their film. I haven’t
watched — that’s probably the first time I ever seen them p
lay. DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: Yeah, same thing. We were too focused
on the season we were having and we weren’t really page them
that much attention, but now we are.
Q. Q. ^ [] do you guys like playing
someone that you don’t know anything about? When the
bracket was first released were you
looking at it thinking that would be a really fun matchup fo
r us at some point or do you care? care personally because once
you get between the lines, it’s you and them. And none of that
matters any more. So, that’s how I look at it. Once we get ,
it’s us versus them and we got to be ready to
go. ISAIAH MILES: To me, I think
it’s really exciting playing a new team getting out
of the A-10, who we ^ scene ^ season ^ seen guys
multiple times, we played guys , so getting out of that and p
laying a team that you never played before, it kind of
showed us, shows where we lineup and I think we’re all ready to s
tep up to that test.
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: It’s definitely another test for us. We want to go don’t
want to go home /-PLT on /TPEUPBL they look great as a
team. They’re a good team off of penetration, all the guys can shoot well, so I’m just looking
forward to getting it going.
Q. worried about their uniforms
blinding your eyes? AARON BROWN: They do have some
if you think key uniforms . But I don’t think that’s
going to disk /TRAGT us in any way.
ISAIAH MILES: No, I was talking to Marie she said it’s
going to be crazy out there with our burglary DeAndre their
bright yellow it’s going to be a hard
game to watch visually. But, no,
/-RBGS , just go out and play.
DEANDRE’ BEMBRY: Yeah, just got to be ready. Definitely
watched those guys, they always have some crazy jerseys on every year. I you I would look ford
with a to if we could switch Nike
uniforms, and get some wild jerseys like that, some bright
colors, that would be fun.
THE MODERATOR: Variations of burglary Andy, maybe. Any
other questions? All right. Thank you. We’ll have Coach
Martelli up in a moment. (Pause.) maybe. Any other
questions? All right. Thank you. We’ll have Coach Martelli
up in a moment.
(Pause.) We’ll take questions for
coach. Q. at the lineups, a lot
of forward, a lot of wings with an ability to do a bunch of
different things. Both teams like the up tempo.
king at the lineups, a lot of
forward, a lot of wings with an ability to do a bunch of
different things. Both teams like the up tempo. What do you
see with this matchup, oking
at the lineups, a lot of forward, a lot of wings
with an ability to do a bunch of different things. Both teams
like the up tempo. What do you see with this matchup,
especially with their lineup?
COACH MARTELLI: Well, s,
a lot of wings with an ability to do a bunch of
different things. Both teams like the up tempo. What do you
see with this matchup, especially
with their lineup? COACH MARTELLI: Well, their
size is of grave concern. Brooks and cook ^ [] really
score the ball. Benson’s assist to
turnover, I think I’ve raised it two times I talked to my team,
I think I’ve taken it from five to
one to six to one of the ook
^ [] really score the ball. Benson’s assist to
turnover, I think I’ve raised it two times I talked to my team,
I think I’ve taken it from five to
one to six to one of the I think Cook
^ [] really score the ball. Benson’s assist to
turnover, I think I’ve raised it two times I talked to my team,
I think I’ve taken it from five to
one to six to one of the I think
the last time in the locker room just now I think I told /THEPBL it was eight to one. It was the
most unusual assist to turnover .
But he’s perfect, he knows what his role is for their team. I
think they’re faster than we are , but I do agree with your
assessment about the tempo of the game. We would like to
/HRAEUBG lake the game assist to turnover. But he’s
perfect, he knows what his role is for their team. I think
they’re faster than we are, but I
do agree with your assessment about the tempo of the game. We would lake the game to be at
that tempo, maybe not to 80, like get, but 75 is all right
with us. 76 would be all right for us. And I don’t think
either team is a knock them out, We
would lake the game to be at that tempo, maybe not to 80,
like they want to get, but 75 is all
right with us. 76 would be all right for us. And I don’t think
either team is a knock them out,
three-point shooting team. So this is going to be about
straight line drives. And they have th
e game.
We would lake the game to be at that tempo, maybe not to
80, like they want to get, but 75 is all right with us. 76
would be all right for us. And I
don’t think either team is a knock
them out, three-point shooting team. So this is going to be
about straight line drives. And they
have the added advantage or component to their game where
the lobs, you Kansas guard the ball
when it’s right
for us. And I don’t think either team is a knock them out, three-point shooting team. So
this is going to be about straight
line drives. And they have the added advantage or component to
their game where the lobs, you Kansas guard the ball when it’s
that high in the air. So, be
all right for us. And I don’t think either team is a knock
them out, three-point shooting team. So this is going to be
about straight line drives. And they
have the added advantage or component to their game where
the lobs, you Kansas guard the ball
when it’s that high in the air. So, they’re deserving of a No.
1 I did not know, I will admit, I did not know that they were line
drives. And they have the added advantage or component to
their game where the lobs, you Kansas guard the ball when it’s
that high in the air. So, they’re deserving of a No. 1
seed, I did not know, I will admit, I
did not know that they were /TPHUPBL
five in the country in the final poles, they deserved that. And
team that you could see in Houston in two weeks. Q.
air. So, they’re deserving of a No.
1 seed, I did not know, I will admit, I did not know that
they were /TPHUPBL five in the country in the final poles, they
deserved that. And they’re a team that you could see in
Houston in two weeks. Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season
^ seen Isaiah th
at high in the air. So, they’re deserving of a No. 1 seed, I
did not know, I will admit, I did not know that they were
/TPHUPBL five in the country in the final
poles, they deserved that. And see in Houston in two weeks.
Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season ^ seen Isaiah handle
success this year? COACH MARTELLI:
his personal success.
COACH MARTELLI: the final poles, they deserved
that. And they’re a team that you could see in Houston in two
weeks. Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season
^ seen Isaiah handle success this year his personal
success. COACH MARTELLI: That’s a
really try in the final poles, they
deserved that. And they’re a team that you could see in
Houston in two weeks. Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season
^ seen Isaiah handle success this year his personal
success. COACH MARTELLI: That’s a really
great question. Because the in
Houston in two weeks. Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season
^ seen Isaiah handle success this year his personal
success. COACH MARTELLI: That’s a really
great question. Because the flip
you could see in Houston in two
weeks. Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season
^ seen Isaiah handle success this year his personal
success. COACH MARTELLI: That’s a really
great question. Because the flip side is,
in Houston in two weeks.
Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season ^ seen Isaiah handle
success this year his personal success.
COACH MARTELLI: That’s a really great question. Because
the flip side is, I saw him l ast
you could see in Houston in two
weeks. Q. How have you ^ scene ^ season
^ seen Isaiah handle success this year his personal
success. COACH MARTELLI: That’s a really
great question. Because the flip side is, I saw him last
year handle disappointment and he
didn’t handle it very well. We played Denver last year, we set
up a little wrinkle for him, last s
econd shot, the ball went in and don’t think he made a basket the
next . He was despondent. last year is he was into g
yrations, this thing and whatever this thing is and he
did all those things when he m ade a shot. Well you’re s
upposed to make a shot. You /PR-BGD
practiced the shot, you’re supposed to make the
shot. And this year he’s a h appy year guy is the way I would
It’s the success breeds success. But his attention
to detail academically has been superb. He’ll graduate in May . akes eye contact. Just this
is just a wonderful story for h im
and for us, because our younger players can end up ’em lateing
what he has done in this year. Q. hat DeAndre’ has kind of been
flying under the radar, yesterday they called him on the
broadcast the best player in the country
that no one knows about. He’s really, really good. I don’t
understand how he’s kind of flown
under the radar. COACH MARTELLI: Well, I think
you fly under the radar when you win 13 games your
sophomore year. But if you go back,
think about this, in the A tlantic 10, which is an
extraordinary extraordinary, with extraordinary players,
extraordinary coaches, venue that is are
second to none, commissioners and
administrators, this is serious, serious basketball. He won an
Atlantic 10 championship when he was a freshman, he was the
could he Rookie of the Year, he comes
back his sophomore year, calling better he was the Player of the
Year in the Atlantic 10 last year he
‘s the Player of the Year pre-season, he finishes that
goal. He makes the all defensive Although we, I’ve
made him give that trophy back, because
in the last week he gave up 47 to one guy and 28 to another guy
. not accepting that award. We’re going to save the league
money by telling them, you can keep that trophy.
under the radar in the b asketball world. 30 teams came
through, multiple times they have come through. to have a
chance, as long as he decides, he’s going to
have a chance to go to the combine and be measured and maybe one and people will
realize when you wrote out your All-American Teams, he should h
ave been on one of the three All-American teams
Q. . Q. What’s your favorite thing
about him? COACH MARTELLI: Well, obviously
we share the same hair products he and I. So that’s my
favorite thing about him. My favorite thing about him is, he
talks to me. He doesn’t talk at alk with each Orlando Antigua in
a lot of these situations today a
young guys don’t like to talk, like to kind of open themselves
up to kind of not touchy feel Lee but they don’t
want to open themselves up that you
might sense some vulnerability. That’s not the way it is with
him. He talk toss me. s to me and I will be
eternally grateful for that. Q. I know yesterday?
COACH MARTELLI: Good job by the way
Q. . Q. Yeah?
COACH MARTELLI: Keep the feet on the ground. You know
what I mean you don’t have to put them over the chair. You’re
my man now. You’re my man now.
Q. Q. I know last night you were
kind of hearing about all the buzz and how people were
celebrating in Philadelphia were you
maybe able to experience that l ast night?
COACH MARTELLI: No, I didn’t get much of what went on in
Philadelphia ^ []. I got about a 10 second clip from a building on our campus that they call the
perch, where the kids watched the I got all kind of reports
that they shut down city line avenue, which is the Main
Street between our campus and t he
lower Merion side of campus. ^ [] I don’t know if that’s true. But today it’s been, the texts a
nd the e-mails from people s aying,
I was at such and such a place, I was at a school social, and
the place erupted. I got a t ext from the bay /HAOEUPLS, who
are friends of ours, saying they
were in St. Louis and it was crazy.
And I’ll just give you this, and this is not like me, because I
don’t, I don’t really think of m yself this way, but this morning at five o’clock in the more I
think in, I got a text from C alipari
and at 5:0005 I got one from Geno /AUR a me they were both
looking don’t,
I don’t really think of myself this way, but this morning
at five o’clock in the more I think in, I got a text from
Calipari and at 5:0005 I got one from
Geno /AUR a me they were both looking
for suggestions for their games today. To see if I could give
them some ideas on a last second play. Geno needed it /PWAEUFS
up 50 at half. He needed a last
second play. But Calipari told me
that he thought it was a big deal that the Catholics could
advance. So, that win touched a lot of people, none more than t he
Philadelphia story when you have Villanova in the afternoon, you have Temple with that crushing ^
loss ^ lost and then with St. Joseph’s /SEFS. Philadelphia
loves college basketball and they inning.
Q. Q. I know you said yesterday y
our son was let go from Delaware, were you able to talk
to him after the win and what was
he telling you and feeling? on a bad day, we helped.
So thank you for asking. ^ [] . lot of /-F of people
who /WOFP /HO who watch this tournament and
love this tournament don’t fully understand how stressful it is
for coaches. Tony Bennett collapsed Sean Miller is s
weating through his shirt the other day.
Can you have fun during this or
is it like the most stressful time of the year for you?
COACH MARTELLI: You could have a lot
of fun, but you have to look at the fairways of
the people that are around you. that it’s stressful for you, it
stress to everybody around you . And at the end of the day
we’re playing a game and the coaches calling it the way it is
, we get paid a lot of money for this
game. But if you can see the faces of people and the /SKWREU
/-T the joy that’s coming from their eyes, that
makes it all worthwhile. Stressful is a good word. I
haven’t been to sleep yet. I was up —
I stay up all night after every game, win or lose. So, this has
been no different and, yeah, t hat
puts a lot of stress. You need the people around you, your
family, if they’re with you or your support staff who are with
you, to get it that you have these idiosyncracies and that it
has to be treated normally . That like for us to watch m
ore than half tape on Oregon would be letting our players
know that this is bigger than just a game
tomorrow. So, I have a lot empathy for coaches, but I do
think that if you can take in the
faces of the people around you, that then it’s, you can /K
can relieve some of the stress. And you
have to have something. You have to
have something, whether it’s read the newspaper
Q. . thing? COACH MARTELLI: Whether it’s to
walk around, whatever it is, I’ll never ever forget this,
I’ll never ever forget this ^ scene ^ season ^ seen. In I
understand Indianapolis I was in a looking out on the street in
I understand Indianapolis and I saw this guy
walking up the street in a gray T-shirt and gym shorts. And it
was Brad Stevens. He was about 19 old, he was going to coach in
the Final Four in his hometown and he’s walking down the street
and set green burglary was next said what are you doing on a day
game? He said I’m on my ninth cup of coffee. He said what
are you doing? I said I’m in ^ [] ^ [] I’m in my room, I’m
praying to saints that the Catholic church doesn’t even
recognize, they might have an i nfluence on the game. And
here is this kid is walking down the street. So, you know, to
each his own. But it’s a tremendous way to make a living. Q. on the East Coast know about
this Oregon basketball team, the guys earlier were saying that
they don’t see a lot of the games, they’re on late at night,
it’s hard to get the Pac-12 Network,
do you think your people in your about them?
COACH MARTELLI: No idea. No zero. And that’s — this
is my life Lee hood and I’m saying to you, until I heard on
the broadcast that they had finished
the season No. 5, I had no idea.
I knew this:Dana Altman when he was at Creighton we played them
one time in the poa annua less /TRA, we still haven’t guarded
them. They scored as many points as they wanted to and I
knew what a fabulous, fabulous ^ []
coach he was. But if you said to
our players, did Oregon win the PAC-12 or did Arizona? They
would lean to Arizona. As would
basketball people in Philadelphia.
It’s not disrespectful, it’s just at a certain point in time,
all of you are fans. At a certain
point in time you have to be honest. You turn the TV off.
You can’t watch any more games. no longer big Monday, it’s
Tuesday morning. So, ^ [] they’re fabulous.
They’re as good, up close
and personal, I know what Villanova looks like and I know
Villanova could end up in Houston and I know Oregon could
end up in Houston. So to the fans
fan in Philadelphia, or the East Coast,
they have no idea .
THE MODERATOR: All right.

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