Dec. 2, 2006
Head Coach Tom Crean
"We got beat by the better team tonight. We only led at one point. They beat us fair and square in every facet. We've dogged bullets, but don't want to give anything back. We danced a little to close to line of defeat and tonight we couldn't get over it. They were tougher and had more energy. We are a team that should be experienced enough to be able to come back and do what we need to do. We have a long season ahead of us and will go right back at it, Tuesday night, against Delaware State, and correct what we need to get better at."
"We were two or three different team tonight. We need to come back to the team that understands what we are doing. We beat a team like Duke and had some big stops defensively. We know what we are doing, but have some room for improvement."
"I think more than anything we need to take this as a wake-up call. We were playing from behind to much and not putting two halves together, and it caught up to us."
"Twenty-five turnovers do not mean anything if you don't get the stops you want. Credit them, they made their shots and hit what they needed to. That can crush a team."
"If you can take positive, it snaps us back to really. This will pick us up and we will be ready to go."
North Dakota State
Head Coach Tim Miles
"It was a great night for us and our kids, a great win. We don't get a March and we had to approach the game like it was a March event for us. This was a statement night for us to come out and win the tournament. We beat a good Princeton team last night and a great Tom Crean team tonight. Our kids went out and took the fight to them."
"Tonight was a team effort. There was a different guy responding in his own way many times. This group played tough the entire game and responded."
"It is great coming back home in front of family and friends. It is unbelievable getting the win against Madison and now this one. We worked really hard and it paid off."
"When the crowd started getting into it, we hit a few big shots and gave us some momentum. That's what you have to do when you play teams like this."