Jack and Jackie gave Jim a great value base. He saw how Jack did it and how Jackie supported it. Jim is such a natural leader and a natural competitor. He feels a responsibility to lead people. That's what led him to be a head coach.
I like our schedule. There's 17 teams that went to the post-season, and when we looked at it there's a potential 21 that we could face with the teams in Alaska and the Blue and Gold Classic. Then we open against Connecticut and Cincinnati. I'm jacked up, there's no question about it.
In the last 4:19 we scored one point. We didn't create contact. We certainly would have liked to go to the foul line, but we didn't create the contact.
Our players are building mental toughness. It's really hard with a young team. It's very hard to close teams out in a close game. The more that you get experience at it and the more you learn from the experience is when you don't do it is where it can really help you.
We have to make it a defensive game every time we turn around, that's the Big East. You've got to take advantage of your possessions.
It's great to see seniors and freshmen and everybody else in between playing well. Our players are building mental toughness.
He's missed one free throw in 14 months. We like to have the ball in his hands.
This ranks as one of the best wins this season. The more meaningful games we win in February will hopefully help us play more meaningful games in March.
This was a great college basketball game with two teams who have a lot of respect for each other.
You have to incorporate these things into practice. It takes a lot of courage to make free throws, and that?s often what separates really good teams from average teams. You have to make it a point of emphasis.
I am a firm believer that you can't have people in your program who just want to win; you must have people who are committed to winning. Players that learn the value of hard work, commitment, teamwork, and sacrifice are the ones that make their teams great.
I'd like to get a lot done in a short period of time.... Your head coach won't be real patient. Trying to keep it in perspective? Yes. Real patient? No.
We have a responsibility to CARE. Thank God we're at a place that has the tradition of this program.