Louisville-Austin Peay: Quotes and Notes

Post-game quotes and notes from Louisville's 94-75 win over Austin Peay.

Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino
"It was a terrific basketball game and I knew it would be - against well coached teams, good basketball teams that are veterans. You don't get your run but once a game and other teams you get it three or four times. But this team gave us the run just one time during the game. We got it off of really good defense but, we knew exactly the way this game played out was the way we thought it would be. Because we are all at an advantage we watch so much tape. You say how did Ohio beat them and you don't know why Ohio beat them. It was a very good matchup but it was difficult to play. This was by far the best team we will play because of their experience. The way they shoot it - they shoot almost 40 percent from the three. They shoot almost 40 percent overall and they are lights-out. If you make a mistake and get beat off the dribble, you have to rotate and they are so smart, they can make the diagonal pass and make the three. They are not only a good basketball team, they are a smart basketball team. Give our guys credit because they were smart as well."

(On the late run) "This is a good basketball team. You only get to make one run. Probably every team we're going to play from this point on, you're only going to have one or two runs and it's key when you figure your runs are going to happen when Preston and Andre are in the game. They give you defensive pressure when other teams make a mistake and get them to react. Our goal is to get Edgar and Jerry to play that type of defense without fouling."

(On Preston Knowles' offense) "It was good we really executed. A big play in the game was an underneath out of bounds play, that we ran for a three. When Jerry hit that, it gave us a little cushion to get after them. But Preston was terrific, the guys did a very good job - after we turned it over - of attacking the layups against pressure. They played very well and so did we."

"I think when Preston takes open shots, he is terrific shooter. Unfortunately, the last few games, he took challenged shots. He leads the team in challenged shots. We work him very hard on free throws."

"Preston's big key, as well as TWill is to make open shots. When he takes open shots, he's an excellent shooter. When he takes challenged shots, that's when our team fails. Preston gives you a tremendous bonus when he scores because he plays such terrific defense. At the end of the game with five minutes to go, I'm glad I'm not out there. I would hate to have to bring the ball up the court against McGee and Preston - they are pit bulls. And in the zone they are like pit bulls. And Preston was tired too. We're trying to get a little weight off of him because his back is bothering him."

Austin Peay Head Coach Dave Loos
"I thought our team played about as good as I can ask them for 30 minutes maybe a few more. When we got behind Louisville started to stretch the lead there. We had to start pressing and I thought we really got tired there. We don't play that many guys so we really wore down and I think that kinda did us in there down the stretch."

(on team performance) "It was excellent for 30 minutes. We had a plan and they worked the plan. We knew we would see full court pressure the entire time. I liked the way we attacked it, we were very aggressive and made them guard us 94 feet. We got easy looks as a result of it and we didn't turn it over too much. Defensively, our plan was to just try to keep them out of the lane and make them beat us over the top. They made some big shots, especially in the second half where we did about all we could do to be honest."

(on Knowles and McGee) "Coming into the game that was my biggest concern was their defense. Correct me if I am wrong but other than one game only one team scored more than 56 points against them. It was close. So I was really concerned about their defense. They are excellent, they do so many different things to you defensively. I am leaving just as impressed after the game as I was before the game with their defense."

Freshman Samardo Samuels recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. He recorded a career-best 10 rebounds today, which bests his previous high of eight against Western Kenkucky on 11/30/08. Samuels also recorded double-digit points for the seventh straight game to open his career.

The Cardinals moved to 6-0 on the season at home in Freedom Hall.

Sophomore Preston Knowles doubled his previous career-high for points with 21. Knowles knocked down 8-of-11 from the floor and a career-best 4-of-5 from behind the arc. He bested his previous high of 10 points, which he did three times in his career. Knowles had 18 of his 21 points in the second half.

The Cardinals recorded 12 steals in the game, marking the fifth time this year that the Cardinals recorded eight or more steals in a game. U of L entered the game ranked 19th nationally in steals, averaging 9.3 steals per game.

Trailing 54-49 with 13:15 to play in the second half, the Cardinals went on a 17-2 run to go ahead to stay.

Austin Peay connected on 9-of-19 three-point field goals, becoming the first team to make more than five trifectas in a game.

U of L is 103-5 over the last nine seasons when scoring more than 80 points in a game, including 76-5 under head coach Rick Pitino.

Senior Terrance Williams scored a season-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc.

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