Players Speak: Post-Michigan

Players Speak: Post-Michigan

D.J. Richardson and Nnanna Richardson discuss Illinois' loss to Michigan.

Guard D.J. Richardson:

On what the team has to do to win when shots aren't falling...

DJR: "We just have to be mature through our other things. It can't affect the other end of the court, and there's a lot of guys that have played a lot of games, a lot of minutes for us. Should be use to it and we have to worry about making the next play."

On Michigan stretching the lead out before the half...

DJR: "Well it's a 40 minute game. At the same time we still have to score points in the second half and we made some bone-headed plays. We tried to do whatever we could to make a run, but like coach said we broke down a couple times on defense and they exposed us."

On getting better and improving despite the loss...

DJR: "It comes from practice. You get better in practice. We had a few days to get better after Nebraska. I think we got better. We did a good job preparing for tonight, but they executed better than us tonight and they were the better team."

On turnovers and sloppy play...

DJR: "You know, guys just trying to make plays. Can't always hit the home run. We've got to count on other guys to make plays as well. Some plays have been kind of forced. We've got to rely on other players to make plays as well."

On the stretch of good opponents coming up...

DJR: "We're going to prepare for every team the same way. It's good league. We knew that coming in at the start of the Big Ten season. We're going to prepare the same and keep our chins up and get better in practice and prepare for Michigan State."

Forward Nnanna Egwu:

On shots not falling...

NE: "We have some great shooters on our team. The one thing with shooters you just have to keep shooting. You can't get down on yourself and you have to have confidence. It's all about what we've done on the defensive end. That's the one consistent thing we've got to keep doing. When we play well defensively we often tend to run out to better transition and have more opportunities on offense. You know, it's all about the defensive end. We've got to stay focused on that. I think we played well at times, just too good an offensive team to give them that many opportunities to score. We kind of suffered that way. Overall just going into the future it's all about focusing on the defensive end because we have great shooters. They're eventually going to fall."

On switching screens and guarding Trey Burke at times...

NE: "Just trying to stay in front of him. Trying to force him to take tough twos, tough shots. That was the game plan Don't let him get by you, just try to contain him. When he tries to get by you, not only is he a good scorer but he gets it to his teammates who are also great players. The main thing was just to contain him, just keep him in front."

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