Jan. 8, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State Basketball Post-Game Quotes
Michigan State vs. Northwestern
Jan. 8, 2005 - East Lansing, Mich. - Breslin Center
Final Score: Michigan State 87, Northwestern 58
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo
"I felt for Northwestern. When you have three guys out like that, it's hard to judge what we did and what they did. Their guys played their tails off, considering that T.J. Parker has been sick and Vedran Vukusic got hurt. I think their team has been playing better. I'm a big fan of Mike Thompson and I think he is going to be a heck of a player in this league. On the other side of it, I thought that we did a great job in the first half and that really deserves a lot of credit, in terms of preparation for the game. Even though Northwestern shot 56 percent, which makes us look bad, Northwestern had 19 turnovers and only got 32 shots. I would say that our defense was better than anything else that we could have done. I was very pleased with that. Stats are a little bit harder to look at, in getting a picture of the game, because of some of those factors. We had a low in the first half, and a little bit in the beginning of the second half, but it was great to see Maurice Ager bounce back and Paul Davis almost get a double-double. I believe that we can get even more out of him. It was a game where a lot of things went our way, some of it because of their illness and injury and some of it because we are playing well."
On the team's confidence...
"It's good. Shannon Brown had some great shots. Chris Hill has not shot as well in the last couple of games. Individually, we want to make sure we have our best shooters, and (Brown and Hill) are two of our best shooters. It's good to have Maurice Ager back on track a little bit."
On Kelvin Torbert's sensational performance...
"The hero of the game, if you ask me, is Kelvin Torbert. He ran that one stretch and, as I tell my staff, just watch, because Northwestern was switching up zones and it was kind of confusing. KT settles everything down. He got that one lay up because he slipped the right way like we have been telling our other guys to do."
Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody
"Obviously, Michigan State is a very good team. They took us out of what we wanted to do in the first half, in the first eight minutes or so. They forced three 35-second violation calls, which actually didn't bother me that much because when I looked up it was still 8-4, 10-4, something like that. We definitely didn't want quick shots, but we just turned the ball over so many times, which is sort of uncharacteristic of us. We were never able to stop them. I just thought they came down the court and they got what they wanted. For the most part, teams in this conference, you know their pet plays and schemes, but you don't need that when you're unable to stop them. They had a lot of different people who are very unselfish and they shot the ball well."
How this Michigan State team compares to Michigan State teams in the past...
"My first year, when they had (Jason) Richardson and all those guys, they were flying all over the place, but this team is fast. They get down the court the same way, and may even shoot better. These guys are shooting 80 percent from the foul line, 40 percent from three-point range, 50 percent from the floor, and I'm sure we jacked up those percentages today. I think it's a very good team and, yesterday, I told some radio show that I actually enjoyed watching them on tape preparing for this game. I don't enjoy saying that, but I did enjoy watching. They pass the ball and they execute. They're small, playing four guards basically. Anderson was the guy running the team last year, and now he's their second biggest guy. They pass the ball, shoot the ball and defend."