Nov. 14, 2006
Head Coach Tom Crean
"We just wanted to improve everyday. As guys get more comfortable in here, everything will take off."
"This time of year, when you have a unit that wants to get better, they are working hard to get better. We continue to show the guys the things that they are doing well and correct the things that they aren't. We will continue to do that. We tell the guys that your layups may leave you, your jump shots may leave you, your free throws may leave you, but you always have a defensive mindset."
"In a short turnaround like we'll have in Kansas City or in a BIG EAST or NCAA Tournament, you have to make adjustments quickly. We were more focused on what we were running last night and doing it better. We were more conscious of getting the ball in the middle and swinging it outside."
"(Ryvon Covile) is very good. They didn't have him last year. He's quick, athletic and he can shoot the ball. I thought we were very focused on him. One of our goals, believe it or not, was to hold Brandon Cotton and Covile to 30 or less. We held them to 30 -- the two of them. They can play in anyone's league. I thought it was great preparation for down the road for what we are going to see. Do we need to get bette? Sure, what team this time of year doesn't."
"We knew as a staff we were going to go with (Lazar) early. I looked at the film last night and I wish we had played him more. Amazing thing is that he had the steals tonight. He has a scorers mentality and our team needs that. He's trying to get into a shape these other guys have been in for a while."
"We had great confidence today that we'd come out with great passion and a lot of enthusiasm and energy. We played a good team today. Detroit will be a force in the Horizon League."
"I think it started to build last night (for James). His mindset is where it should be defensively and running the club. Jerel McNeal had a great game. He didn't take a lot of shots, but he made great decisions. This is certainly the closest we've played with a three guard mentality."