Patterson impressed with freshmen

Patterson was especially impressed with the way the freshman class, led by Wall, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins, stepped up under pressure.

Patterson was especially impressed with the way the freshman class, led by Wall, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins, stepped up under pressure. Patterson said the three players displayed a desire to win instead of giving in to Miami.

"Usually younger guys get scared in situations like that when you are down, but they continued to fight and kept battling," he said.

Patterson said Wall's heroics brought back memories of last year's dramatic win over South Carolina. Patterson said he wasn't surprised by the shot by Wall, who rehearsed similar baskets prior to the contest.

"He was doing that in the shoot around (before the game)," he said. "He was the first one out there on the court working on driving to the basket and hitting pull-up jump shots."


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