Dec. 18, 2010
Prairie View Head Coach Byron Rimm II
It was one of those games that our team is going to learn from. It is great coming up here and playing Michigan State even though Coach Izzo wasn't here. That is a great basketball team that we played tonight. A lot of stuff that we did we couldn't get done because they were bigger and stronger. I think both teams played pretty hard. One reason why we played Michigan State is because we have a young man, Demondre Chapman, who is from this area and I told him we would get him to come home and play this team. He did a great job. He had 13 points in 20 minutes so I am very proud of him. It was one of those games that was hard fought and everything we got we had to scratch to get. It was a tough one.
On keeping it close for a while...
We have some small scrappy guys and they played pretty hard. We try and rebound by a team. We don't have one guy who comes up and gets 12 to 15 rebounds a game. Marvin Adu played his first game today. He played about 4 minutes. He has been in a cast and doesn't even know the plays yet. We just played hard and try to stop those guys from getting offensive rebounds and offensive boards but it is hard to stop somebody when they keep scoring. We have to get stops.
On not seeing Tom Izzo...
Tom Izzo has been one of my idols for a long time. I really wanted to see him and also to go against him. If I had to pick a game I would pick Prairie View too. It's just one of those games that you can't really worry about. Once the ball went up I didn't think about Coach Izzo not being here. I had so much to focus on with our guys. They were determined because they wanted to play for Demondre (Chapman) because he came home and his family came to see him. We are playing one of the best teams in the country even though they had a setback. It is a great basketball team and I think we are long ways away but if we keep plugging out here and get some of the right guys in here I think we can compete in the future.