TCU-Nebraska Postgame Quotes

Dec. 10, 2011

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Nebraska 69, TCU 57
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Dec. 10, 2011
Attendance: 5,577
TCU HEAD COACH Jim Christian
On his evaluation of his team’s performance:
“It came down to a five-minute game. They were tougher than us for the last five minutes. That’s what happened. You can’t break down. They hit some really tough shots. (Bo) Spencer is a heck of a player. He hit some tough shots to give them leads. We have to get stops in those situations, and we have to take care of the basketball. We had the same (opportunities) on our end. In the second half we were 6-for-21 in the (paint). At 6-for-21, you’re not going to beat good teams.”
On TCU’s offensive performance in the last five minutes:
“I tip it on defense. It’s a toughness thing. You don’t stop them, you can’t get out and run for easy baskets. You can’t keep them off the backboard, they’ll get easy baskets.  They’re building their confidence. That’s what happens. We have to get stops in the last five minutes of the game to beat them.”
On his post-game message to the team:
“We have to get better. There are going to be a lot of these tough battles with five minutes left to go and it’s going to be a tight game. Our seniors have to give us better defensive leadership and not try to do everything by themselves. It’s all on the defensive end. That’s where it started. We broke down too many times, and we can’t afford to do that.
On the key to the game:
“Second-half slow starts caught up to us finally. I think you just have to learn from that. We didn’t rebound in the second half like we were rebounding in the first half. We let them get second-shot opportunities, and that’s why we lost.”
On the tough shots made by Nebraska:
“It’s tough, but that’s part of the game. Stuff like that happens. But it’s up to us to buckle down and stay focused and stay together. I think we came a little unraveled, but we’re still together as a team and everybody’s head is held high.”
On the team missing shots down the stretch:
“I don’t necessarily think we were off, because earlier we were hitting good shots. It’s just that last five minutes, we couldn’t get it done. Like I said, they capitalized off of every miss. They made good shots at the end, that’s what counted and that’s what hurt us.”
On Bo Spencer’s big shots:
“To win on the road, you’ve got to have some luck. Bo [Spencer] made some plays, some very difficult shots. Their defense was tremendous and he just made some shots. That’s what happened there and you’ve got to give our team credit for executing offense much better than we have in the last couple of home games.”
On the halftime adjustments:
“Going into halftime, we were disappointed giving up 37 points because I don’t think we did very many thing well.  We wanted to pick up full court (defense). We weren’t very aggressive there. But we came out the second half and I think our defense was much more aggressive and I think it got them out of their rhythm a little bit. Then we changed up how we were guarding ball screens. They were too comfortable in that. And then the defensive rebounding … all those things defensively, I thought we did a much better job. The other thing we were talking about was getting to the free throw line. And we got to the free throw line 14 times instead of four, and to win on the road, you have to do that.”



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