Feb. 19, 2007
Head Coach Tom Crean
"Our respect for Villanova is incredible. They have game-breakers on their team. Wright is a great coach and they brought it, but so did we. A great reward for a group of guys who have been working hard for the last 50-plus hours."
"Our goal tonight was 34 free throw attempts. The worst thing we could do after Louisville was dwelling on it."
"The four keys for us tonight were our free throws, holding them to 38 percent from the field, only having a couple turnovers in the second half and coming back to out-rebound them. They are as physical as any team we have played and are very strong, aggressive and quick."
"We don't play the way we did tonight with out what Lazar did tonight."
On Lazar Hayward's progression...
On rebounding from the loss to Louisville...
"They do a great job of getting to the rim and we had to be very conscious of getting back and playing defense near the rim. Stopping the ball was important, but they get to the rim like we do. We had to get back and draw the charges and got a few. Everybody getting back in transition was crucial. We had to get back and find the ball, and no necessarily our man, but a man."
"It was a great crowd out there tonight and they helped me gain my confidence as did my teammates."
"Rebounding helps me a lot, that and getting defensive stops. I've always had a knack for the ball."
On what he need to do to continue to play at this level...
"We had to remind ourselves to refuse to lose. Great teams always respond to adversity. We have a great team that is capable of stepping up in crucial moments. We had a great fan base tonight and we need to continue to have that home court advantage."
On going 31-for-35 from the free throw line...
On working to get the first round bye...
Head Coach Jay Wright
"We go through droughts where we can't score. We just struggled after we get hot early. There are too many times where we get up and then hit a drought and cant get out of it."
On the play of Lazar Hayward...
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