Game Talk

Buff Country caught up with <b>Michel Morandais</b>, <b>Blair Wilson</b>, and <b>Ricardo Patton</b> after the Iowa State game to get their thoughts on the win. Patton spoke about many things including the current state of the Big 12 and how this win could effect his team.

CU head coach Ricardo Patton

"Good win by our club. I'm hoping that we learned something from Iowa State; I thought they put on an exhibition of how to run the floor. Hopefully we can take a page out of Iowa State's book how to run the floor. We gave them 15 offensive rebounds in the first half and we still had the lead, so we've got a lot to be thankful for."

The tempo of the game…

"The first half was a track meet. We hardly had time to look up and see who was ahead in the first half. At halftime we talked about our conditioning. We talked about our advantage at altitude. We're the ones supposed to be putting on a running exhibition, not the opponent. I think the second half out guys settled in and played solid basketball."

The performance of his upper classmen…

"Blair hit some huge shots in the first half. In the second I think Michele warmed up and hit some huge shots. It just really pulls the defense on David when you're able to shoot like that. Look at the second half and you'll see we were able to get the ball inside a lot more. That's what it does it just opens it up."

On Lamar Harris

"He started to put two halves together and play really hard. I'm just afraid of what he would do if he learned to like practice. I mean, he's doing this and he doesn't even like to practice. The coaches and I were talking about Lamar before we came up, and Lamar plays to win. That's what enables him to rebound like that. The first thing that came out of our moths was; we want him to leave here with a degree. He'll be approached to play somewhere, maybe in the European league, put we want him to leave here with a degree. That's what we're all about."

Where this win ranks this season…

"I've got to step back and look at the tape. We did some good things out there, but the game was so fast. There was a lot of octane out there, but we had our moments when we probably played some of our best basketball."

His team's preparedness for ISU's past-paced attack…

"They showed that more at home this year than they did on the road. They'd only lost two road games. You don't necessarily see size or speed on film. They blew it up more than we expected."

The state of the Big 12…

"My sleeper team is Texas Tech. I think they're playing as well as anybody right now. Oklahoma State is playing extremely well. And again, that's why it's so important that you win at home. You lose at home and you just get behind the eight ball."

The effect this win has on the team…

"What we have to find as a team is that magic level. You can't get too high when you win and you can't get too low when you lose. You have to keep an even keel. So, if we can find that magic level; and realize that you're never as good as you think you are after a win, and you're never as bad as you think you are after a loss. We've still got a lot of work."

The overall effect of Harris taking pressure of Harrison on the block…

"With Lamar rebounding the way he did, when you come out in the second half there's a concerted effort to keep him off the glass. Rather than having two guys trying to block David out, you might have two guys trying to run into Lamar. He had only five offensive rebounds in the first half and Lamar had four of them."

Harrison's play following a first half scuffle…

"He was probably determined after that, not that he wasn't in the first half, but those things tend to wake you up and get your attention a little bit. We wanted to make sure he focused all his energy on playing the game and not any retaliation."

Senior forward Blair Wilson

His night…

"I didn't feel extremely well in the pregame. I even told Michele ‘my shot feels funny'. But once the game started, it wasn't funny anymore. It felt good and I just kept shooting. Guys were finding me and they were leaving me open. So that combination made it fun for me and I know my team needed me to hit those shots."

His second half…

"I definitely didn't go out looking to let my teammates score, but they were doing a good job of covering me out of half. We fed the post to David, and we were getting tips here and there from Lamar and other guys. Mostly they were on me a lot better in the second half."

The tempo of the game…

"We're in pretty good shape and I felt really tire just into the first half. It was such a high tempo game. A game like that you would think it would benefit us because we're used to the altitude. But we found a way to fight through and end up finishing the game stronger than they did."

Starting 6-6 from beyond the arc…

"It really does feel like you can't miss. I was just throwing the ball up, not even thinking about it, and they were falling. Guys were looking for me. It was a good feeling that only comes every now and then – not often enough."

Setting the record…

"It feels good, and of course it feels better with the win. It will mean more down the road; looking back kind of putting a little stamp on the three-point history of Colorado. It was fun, and I'll enjoy tonight, but I'll forget about it Wednesday night when we've got to get another win."

Senior forward Michel Morandais

The advantage of a fast-tempo game at home…

"At home I think we like to run more, because we get the altitude helping us out."

His offensive performance…

"They knew I liked to go left so they were preventing me from going that way. So I had to make that adjustment. I made a few shots in the first half but then I went so long without making one, that I felt like I was out there but not really helping my team out. In the second half I realized when they took Blair away that it was my time to step up."

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