Dec. 16, 2006
Head Coach Tom Crean
"The first half was one of the best defensive efforts of entire year. That is where we want to be. We are on the cusp of playing really good basketball. Our execution was pretty good today. We are happy to be on a one-game winning streak with a 10-2 record."
"Lazar's (Hayward) development has been rapid. When his defense catches up with his offensive momentum, we are really going to have something. We are getting there. We are excited about his development."
"I think coming off the Wisconsin loss it made guys come out even more hungry and ready to go. We had an unbelievable week in practice, probably the best of the year, and I knew it would carry into the game. The things we have been doing all week carried over really well. We came out and jumped on them early and never really let them back into the game."
"We definitely got our rhythm from our defense this afternoon. That is the type of tempo we need to come out with - it produces easy baskets."
"We just went back to the basics, watched some early film and saw how we played earlier this season. When we get easy baskets and have good ball movement, it gets us going."
"These next three games are very important for us, games we need to win. We are just trying to get our momentum back going into the conference season."