TCU-West Virginia Postgame Quotes

Feb. 9, 2013

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West Virginia 63, TCU 50
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Feb. 9, 2013
Attendance: 5,192

TCU HEAD COACH Trent Johnson
Opening statement:
“Well, it’s pretty simple. They are more physically and mentally tough then we are. (West Virginia head coach Bob) Huggins is always good at challenging his players from a physical standpoint. We had a bad start in terms of coming out of the locker room and knowing that we were going to run three set plays with different looks. The thing that bothers me is that when you play a team this aggressive, it doesn’t matter what has happened in the past.”

On Garlon Green’s early foul troubles:
“He wasn’t aggressive enough. We aren’t talking about hitting the guy. We are talking about being aggressive, which is different. It’s hard right now because you can’t simulate that in practice. You can simulate what your opponents will be like. You can only go off of numbers.”

On the strong recent play of Connell Crossland:
“He is playing to his strengths more. He’s talking more defensively. All of his points were coming from rebounds.”

On slowing down TCU’s offense in the second half and playing better in the second half:
“We guarded better. We were out-rebounded; I think it was 16-5 in the first half. We just didn’t guard very well. We didn’t play with a lot of energy. I thought the second half we did a much better job offensively.”

On West Virginia’s defense:
“We went to a 2-3 zone because they were attacking us. I thought everyone was going to foul out. We went to a 2-3 zone to try to burn some clock and try to not make them come right down and attack us. (Aaric) Murray made some big plays for us. He made a couple of blocks and big plays.”

On if he likes his team more after their recent wins:
“I decided I’ve never been through a year like this. I’m not going to be unhappy with them. I’m going to be happy. I’m going to get some barbeque and get on that plane and head back, then turn around Tuesday and come back to Waco.”

On if he has a concern about being out-rebounded today:
“We haven’t played a 2-3 zone since the Oklahoma game, and we lost the Oklahoma game because we got out-rebounded. Am I concerned about it? Yeah, I am.”

On the play of Eron Harris:
“I think in all honesty he has been really our only perimeter shooter, so I think the truth of the matter is before he was just kind of one of the guys running around out there and now I think everybody sets their defense to make sure he doesn’t get the looks that he did get before. If you think about the guy that they were chasing before was Terry (Henderson), and then Terry got hurt. I don’t think anyone thought Erion could shoot it the way he shoots it.”



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