Post Game Coaches Quotes
Dec. 3, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo
I thought our switching maybe screwed them up a little bit and didn't give them the open looks, they got some late. I guess I was pleased with just about all of our game, first half and second half. We executed and we did not run our offense really well, give credit to them for taking us out of it in the first half. We rebounded at halftime and did a better job. Our rebounding was great. I thought Suton would have a big game but he got into some foul trouble. We got more out of Gray and more out of Naymick. Idong did what he had to do, and Walton was scoring a little bit more.
I guess one of the things when people ask me about this team is why I didn't play Drew Neitzel down the stretch because I thought I would rest him some, then I put him back in for a minute. Travis Walton had nine assists and I didn't know about it, but somebody said it on the bench. So I went to take out Travis and Drew said "Take me out, leave him in. He's got a chance to get 10 assists." Those are the kind of things I am looking for out of this team and I appreciate it.
Everything went better than I thought it would, but don't disregard this team. They're a Missouri Valley team, and when you look at what the Missouri Valley has done this season so far with different teams, they are beating up BCS type schools. We gave this an incredible amount of prep time and the best part is it paid off as our players responded and worked very hard.
As far as the Marquise Gray incident, it was not all his fault. He said something that wasn't a swear word but it wasn't something the referee wanted to hear or Marquise wanted to hear. It wasn't meant the way it was taken. I didn't appreciate it, but after talking to him I had an understanding. I think that's more of a little deal than a big deal.
On MSU's defensive performance...
Bradley Head Coach Jim Les
On Michigan State's defensive effort...
I'm just disappointed that Michigan State didn't get a taste of Bradley basketball. Our kids usually show a little bit more fight, fire and intensity. Regardless, if we miss all of our shots, that's fine. I wanted Michigan State to know they were in a back-alley fight, they had their way with us pretty easily, and that's disappointing.
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