Game Talk

After the Utah-Colorado game, Buff Country was able to get quotes from both head coaches and some CU players outside of the locker rooms and from within the post-game press conferences.

Utah head coach Rick Majerus

"We played smart, changing up a little coverage here and there, but I can tell you one thing: the effort was outstanding. These guys did a hell of a job tonight, and put forth a good effort."

On the difference of his team's play in the second half compared to the first…

"I thought we gave a better effort in the second half. That's a good team, those are good players. The Big 12's a very good league. I mean, we just had our ass tattooed by Texas Tech. I think it's a very good league, and I'm real proud of the guys and the effort and energy they expended. They got down and committed to each other and they committed to the rotations that we wanted and the deployments, and they fought. These guys are good players."

On CU senior center David Harrison…

"Harrison's a hell of a player. He should learn two words: Tim Duncan. It would be absolutely criminal if he decided to leave early, because he's going to be good."

Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton

"Give credit to Utah, they came out the second half with greater intensity than we did and, for whatever reason, our defense was just non-existent."

On Utah's game plan…

"If you watched the first half, they weren't guarding our four man. They were sagging in on David, but I thought Lamar did a good job of making them pay. The problem was that our guards went 19-49. You've got to make shots, and that's what they did. I think they shot 60% in the second half from the field. I think we played 15 minutes and showed that we were capable of winning the basketball game. We had it up to 10 a couple times, and then right before the half they hit some big shots. We didn't close out on their post guys and the post guys made shots. In the second half we didn't come out with a great amount of intensity."

On the Utes keying on Blair Wilson…

"I think (Blair's) got to work a little harder to get open and we have to work as teammates to help him get open. Right now we're just not doing a good job in either one of those areas. That's what the good teams will expose; they'll expose your weaknesses. It puts a great deal of pressure on both Blair and Michel when they're the only ones capable of making shots. Other guys have to step up and make shots for us."

On his team's defensive state of mind…

"We continue to tell them that. We scrimmaged yesterday in a 20 minute half and it was 56-56. That just tells you that nobody's playing defense. So, again, we'll continue to preach defense because we really don't have enough fire power not to guard people."

On the shock factor of losing by 20 at home…

"It should be an eye opener. It should certainly be a wake-up call. It should put things in perspective. Sometimes when you haven't had a great deal of success you start reading the clippings and you start thinking that you're better than you actually are. We won 15 straight because I think we played some pretty solid defense. Tonight we didn't do that."

On what was working for the Buffs…

"I think we were getting some steals when we first started the game. I think our intensity level was higher to begin with. That's why we were getting some of those easy buckets; running through the passing lane and getting some steals. Lamar had some easy buckets early on. Michel hit shots. In the second half, of course we weren't able to make any shots."

On how much of an impression Utah's defense made…

"The defense wasn't the thing that impressed me as much as their patience on offense. You think about how many times the shot clock was running down and they threw up a shot and made it. When that happens you're going to win a lot of ball games. If you've got enough discipline to take the right shot and let the shot clock run down, it's going to work well for you."

On the preparations he will make for the Big 12…

"I've always known what we've got to get ready for. I'm hoping that the players will believe us now. That's my hope. I don't think the coaches fooled themselves as to what our strengths and weaknesses are. I know it's been very difficult for me to convince our guys that we have to do better on both ends of the floor. Offensively just execution and defensively just getting after people."

CU forward Michel Morandais

"It doesn't matter how good a team is; how prepared they are or how good a coach is, we all have to come together as a team to work against everything. People are going to come out and be ready for me and know that I'm going to do this and Lamar's going to do this and David's going to do this, but we've all got to be ready. If you can't stop them on offense then they win the game. So, this is the type of game that lets all of us know that we've got to get open and stay in our offense no matter what kind of defense the other team's playing."

On the frustration of blowing a second half lead…

"We didn't play good on offense, they played good on defense. We don't ever score 57 points as a team, especially at home. So they played better. They were ready for everything we would do, or try to do, on offense. And we just weren't ready for what they were doing on offense. It's a combination of both things."

On Utah's defensive adjustments…

"They were switching for screens, they were gapping Lamar, they were gapping all the players on the perimeter. They used all our weaknesses against us. That's kind of how they got us. Being a player on any level, to be successful you can't let anybody stop you. If your game's limited you can't show that. I don't care if you can't shoot from outside, you still have to find a way to be a threat out there. They're going to know where the three guns are; it's me, David, and Blair, but if Lamar can't play like he did tonight every night, we're going to have problems."

On Utah's play…

"Obviously they beat us by 20; I should be impressed but I'm not. One thing's for sure: they had good discipline on offense. One thing about this play maybe impressing me is their discipline, but there defense, I don't really think so."

CU forward Lamar Harris

On his mindset going into the game…

"I was just out there going after everybody tonight, that's how I feel."

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