Post Game Comments: Andre McGee

Louisville freshman point guard Andre McGee talks about the team's play following their come from behind 53-45 win over Richmond in game three of the Colonial Classic

Louisville freshman point guard Andre McGee didn't crack the scoreboard during the Cardinals 53-45 win over Richmond in the Colonial Classic on Monday night, but that didn't stop him from making an impact on the game.

Despite playing just ten minutes, McGee handed out three assists, including one to Taquan Dean following a steal that gave the Cardinals a 6-point lead with four minutes remaining in the game.

Following the come-from-behind victory, McGee spoke with members of the media as he sat in front of his U of L locker.

Does it get frustrating playing a team like Richmond?

I think it does because our style of play. We like to get out and run, but they wouldn't allow it, so we had to be patient on defense and make sure that we got the offensive rebounds. We only had a couple hours to prepare for them and it's tough when it's a team like this.

Was it difficult to get the ball inside against Richmond?

The way they ran their defense, which was a 3-2 match up zone, so we tried to as much as we could.

What does playing three straight games do you this team?

I think it builds character, because now we know that we can play back-to-back games and different guys will step up. Coach can call anyone's number at any time and you have to be ready to step it up. The freshmen are trying to show that we can produce.

Talk about the play when you stole the inbounds pass from Richmond and passed to Taquan Dean, who hit a three-pointer to give Louisville's its largest lead of the game.

Against our press they would have two guys out of bounds and coach told us that deny the other guard when he stepped inbounds. I read it right and Taquan was playing up and forced him to my side. I was able to get the steal and then Taquan came to my side and I was able to get the ball to him.

Is there a tendency to rely on Taquan Dean to much?

He's our star. We usually roll as he rolls. There are a lot of teams that have stars like that, but we have a lot of guys that can step up. Plus we have two key players coming off of injury, so that's tough.

Following the come from behind win, McGee sat in front of his U of L locker and spoke with members of the media.

Do you worry about him not making so many of his shots?

Even if he misses a couple we're not worried. Our opinion is that he's one of the best in the country and if he was in a slump we would keep feeding the ball to him, because he's going to get out of it real quick.

Were you worried when the team was down ten points to Richmond?

Coach made sure that we didn't get worried. He told us what type of game it was going to be, so we had to patient and run our sets. We knew our offense would come to us as long as we didn't take quick shots. Even when we got down we knew that taking quick shots wouldn't get us back into it, we just had to stay patient.


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