Zach has developed the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. He's really matured into a good player offensively. Defensively, he's getting better and better.
The more you watch them, the more you are impressed with them. They are really, really solid fundamentally. It's five guys playing together, understanding their roles.
I give the kid credit.
Matt has hit some big shots this year. He's a good shooter and a great free throw shooter. He's got a lot of guts.
The game plan was to stop Adair, obviously, and we did a poor job. That falls on me.
Adair is a really quality player who is tough to defend. And they have good shooters on the perimeter.
Fish hit some shots with confidence. I'm very proud of the way he played tonight. Fish will be the first one to tell you sometimes I'm not the easiest guy to play for. He hung in there and persevered.
It's another opportunity. The kids should be excited. We're looking forward to a clean slate. We're starting over. It's a new season with 59 good teams.
They are very good. They put tremendous pressure on the ball and make it hard to enter your offense. We need to use our size advantage in a number of ways.
Adam really stepped up. I've been hard on him lately. He hit some big shots. He got us off to a great start and the whole team fed off him.
We got what we deserved. To start out like we did ... We didn't play well the first half, with no energy. We were a lot more aggressive the second half.
It's a very good sectional. If we play like we're capable, I think we've got as good a chance as anybody to come out of there.
It should be a whale of a game. Lawrence is very, very good. They play a system that's very hard to play against.
They are very good. It will be a totally different game. We have to adjust how we play. We are familiar with their style. It will be a game of turnovers. We have to put this one behind us and focus on Puget Sound.
In those games, we turned the ball over way too much. It wasn't so much what the other teams did as what we didn't do.
We had three or four possessions up two and we didn't score. That's the game. We couldn't make lay-ups, we didn't execute, we took bad shots.
Adam is the heart and soul of this team when it comes to his competitiveness. He brings a lot of passion and energy to the game. You know what you're going to get every game with Adam.
We get up and down the floor. We've got some very good athletes for our level. We've got great size. We have the best point guard in the country.
He's had a fabulous career. His record is going to speak for itself. I've stated all along I think he's the best point guard in the country at this level.
I don't think you can think that way. The only thing we can control is to win. If we don't win, we're at the mercy of other teams losing or favorites winning (across the country).
We'll go anywhere to play. I'm sure Lawrence will be a good host. We look forward to the opportunity. We're happy to be in. We're playing well.
We wanted to go inside and we got them in foul trouble. We thought we executed pretty well for the most part.
We've been waiting for one of these, hoping it would kick in. We wanted to play 40 minutes and we did. A lot of people doubted us, but there is a fine line between winning and losing.
They run a very good offense that's hard for us to defend. They are very disciplined. They shot the ball extremely well here. They defend you very well. It's a tough place to play. It's not going to be easy.
They're the most athletic team we've played. We just didn't make a play when we needed to.
I'm proud of my kids. They're resilient. They fought back in a tough environment. With the tough crowds in our league, our kids are used to it. It was our never say die attitude, our belief we're going to win.
Anybody can beat anybody now. Hopefully, we can develop some consistency. If we do that, we're capable of playing with anybody and beating anybody.
Lawrence is a very good team. They are well coached. But it's a lot about us. If we continue to play like we've been playing, I like our chances. The kids understand the need to be consistent and focused mentally.
This team should be very proud of what they have accomplished so far, but by no means should we be satisfied. We're one of four teams left with a chance to win the national championship. If we play like we're capable, we're capable of beating anybody. But there are three other really good teams there other than ourselves.
I've seen them on tape against Carthage. They are a good team. They're well coached. They like the transition game. They are very similar to North Central. I don't know if they have a dominant player like (Anthony) Simmons, but they have some really good players.
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