U OF L COACH RICK PITINO
"I think we're a very good offensive basketball team, but we need to get better defensively. We hadn't played well defensively until the second half. We played excellent defense in the second half. We generated steals and got on the break a little. When you play a good team, you need maybe one good run. We got that in the second half. That was our run and we made the most of it."
"Pressure on the basketball is the barometer for how you play defense, and we had it in the second half."
"If I had to vote for the Naismith Player of the Year right now, I'd vote for Russ Smith. But tonight, he had too much pressure on him. Every time he comes home, he puts so much pressure on himself and loses his mind."
"We owe him a lot but tonight he didn't play like the player who has been playing like the best player in the country. He didn't play with a high basketball IQ tonight. He has to learn to do that."
"They are going to learn to play that defense they played in the second half. I am not happy. I am real upset. I am not happy with the way we are playing defense and the second half is exactly what I expected."
"(Harrell) came up big with some big buckets at the end. I am very pleased with Montrezl so I am not going to take a freshman and find some displeasure with him because he did play great. He just has to get better rebounding."
"We did a great job in the second half defensively. I was either going to have a break down or they were going to guard in the second half. This was not the type of defense I want to play but they played it in the second half. I told them, you either play championship defense or we'll go home after the Sweet 16 and plan for another year and I think they got the message."
"Now we play a South Florida team that holds the ball and milks the clock. We can not let them control the tempo of the game (on Saturday)."
U OF L POINT GUARD Peyton Siva
"This is a team game and we have a lot of guys who can score. It's definitely a good sign that we can win, because me and Russ (Smith) didn't shoot it well. Everyone else stepped up big and were digging in. It's a really good sign for us."
U OF L CENTER Gorgui Dieng
"I'm beginning to feel good about the way I'm playing. Coach tells me that he needs me to get back and do the things I used to do. I was able to get a lot of touches inside and I made the shots. I still think I need to get back to blocking four or five shots a game. That's what I need to get, then I'll think I'm back."
U OF L FORWARD Montrezl Harrell
"We just came out (in the second half) and played better defense. I think the second half we just were just more active and communication."
"Gorgui is 100 percent. He's a great player and he hit the backboards. He's playing his game again."