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Loyola-No. 3 Kentucky Postgame Quotes

Dec. 22, 2011

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Loyola (MD) Greyhounds Head Coach Jimmy Patsos

 

Opening statement...

"I'd just like to thank John Robic. I go way back with John Robic. It's funny, 23 years ago I was a high school assistant coach and I went to a clinic with John Calipari and his speech was about two hands on the ball and getting the ball. He was at UMass playing in the caves, they hadn't won anything yet and I said, `That guy is a really good coach.' He just spent an hour talking about getting the ball with two feet on the floor and two hands on the ball, get possession and that's where you build your program from. He was going to UMass, I'm from Boston and I had never heard of UMass basketball, I was in (Washington) D.C. at the time. To come here and play against John Robic and John Calipari is a real honor because I don't think he gets enough credit for what a great teacher he is at basketball. I worked for Gary Williams for 13 years, won a national title as an assistant coach and I'll never understand why some coaches don't understand what a great place this is to be. I'd come here every day, it's a great experience. We started at the Muhammad Ali museum, went to some place named Johnny's that Denny Crum told me about in Louisville, we stayed here and got to practice in Rupp Arena. That practice was one of the best things we've got to do this year. We played hard, that being said, we are competitive and we want to win. Our goal is to win the Metro-Atlantic Conference against teams like Iona and Fordham. This game helps us get better. I just want to say thank you to John Calipari and John Robic for having us. We played really hard but what it came down to is they beat us to loose balls and that's what John Calipari talked about 23 years ago in a Hilton in New Jersey, getting the ball, getting two hands on the ball and getting possession. You build your program like that, we're trying to build. We were 1-27 eight years ago and luckily G.G. Smith walked through my door four years ago and has helped me as an assistant coach. Now we are trying to win a bid from our league, and this helped us, a great Christmas present, great place to play, thanks for having us."

 

On his players not being intimidated...

"You have to be honest, we played as hard as we could. We competed very hard, if we had gotten a few loose balls our way, of course a couple jump shots, but I felt like there were a couple loose balls when it was an 8-10 point game that they went and dunked. I've got kids from Baltimore and D.C., there are pretty good players from that area. Most of my guys are from really good programs. They were probably the second best player on their team, whether it's Montrose Christian or Team Melo. I've got Baltimore, D.C., New York kids and a kid from England. They're all right there, just a little bit lower. They've got five NBA guys out there. We were right there. Did we try as hard as we could? Absolutely."

 

On seeing the Kentucky team in person rather than tape...

"They're longer in person; I almost got hit in the head when he blocked one of my kid's shots. Their length and the (Michael Kidd-) Gilchrist kid is better than I thought, he's not flashy, he just drives the ball. I was wrong on him. I thought we'd be able to have an advantage on that matchup, but we didn't. He makes a lot of little plays, drove in, kicked it, got a rebound. Fifteen (points), seven (rebounds) and four assists; he was better than I thought."

 

Loyola Greyhounds Players

 

#3, Dylon Cormier, G

 

On playing in Rupp Arena...

"It was a new experience. Our gym is not as big as theirs. It was a nice atmosphere with great fans. It was good preparation for the MAAC(Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) championship."

 

On playing a highly ranked team...

"It was good for us. It shows that we can play with them. If we can play with them, then at the mid major level we should be something to be reckoned with."

 

On the second half of the game ...

"They outplayed us in the second half. They went back to their game and it was hard to get stops. They crashed the offensive glass harder than us and that made a difference."

 

On the effect of Robert Olson fouling out early in the second half...

"He's a big time player so his absence was felt. It is a group effort so when we lose one guy, it's always going to be tough to get back to our full potential."

 

#24, Erik Etherly, F

 

On entering the locker room only down by six...

"We didn't come into this game thinking we were going to get blown out. We came in here to win, which showed in the first half, but they kind of ran away in the second half."

 

On the difficulty of getting shots off in the paint with (Anthony) Davis on defense...

"Yeah, it definitely is. It's always in the back of your mind when he's down there. I don't think he gets enough credit. He affects a lot of shots even if he doesn't block them."

 

On what Coach (Jimmy) Patsos told the team at the half...

"He just told us to stay in there and keep fighting. He kind of put it on our shoulders and said, `if you all want to win, go out there and play hard and keep competing.' We did that but in the second half shots didn't fall like they did in the first half. You can't have that against a great team."