Question: How much of a confidence boost is this now heading into the game coming up?
DeShawn Sims: "You know winning and playing well is always confidence and momentum. We're going to Kansas to face a good Kansas team and we going there with the mindset of just playing confident and with some swagger. We had a little swagger today."
Question: Is that a result of the disappointment of before?
DeShawn Sims: "You can't win all your fights. The time you make some changes, alter some things, you get better. We altered some things with our mind and we brought out the F chart. It's this chart that Coach Beilein got. If you do something or not do something, you get an F and you sprint some in the next practice. That was a little bit of motivation and of course we want to get back on the winner side of things."
Question: How much running did you do?
DeShawn Sims: "I only had two Fs."
Question: That's not too many.
DeShawn Sims: "Two too many. I don't want no Fs."
Question: What's the running for an F?
DeShawn Sims: "Too much – 17."
Question: How big was this win for you guys?
DeShawn Sims: "It was a big win for our motivation and confidence and a little momentum going into Kansas."
Question: Five and four is not where you thought you'd be; why do you think you are five and four?
DeShawn Sims: "We're young. We have some difficulties executing some things and playing hard. We haven't been playing up to our potential or maybe our potential…we was living off the hype in the beginning. All that hype is over. It comes down to nothing but playing hard and getting some wins."
Question: You said refocused in the second half is that a matter of not being as focused in the first half; what did you mean by that?
DeShawn Sims: "No just refocus, I think the first half wasn't as bad as the other half has been, but just refocus. A different goal. Don't take nothing from the first half into the second half. Eliminate it, whether we were up 20, refocus, refresh your mind and go in like it is the beginning of the game again."
Question: Talk about how you really asserted yourself early in the second half?
DeShawn Sims: "What happened in the second half?"
Question: You had eight in the first half and a quick 11 in the second half.
DeShawn Sims: "I really asserted myself. I refocused. I came and I took the shots that were given to me and I was confident enough that I was going to make them. Just played an overall confident game – defense, rebounding, make some good passes to my teammates. I did a fairly good job today."
Question: Any extra little motivation for you facing the fellows from the neighborhood?
DeShawn Sims: "Yeah. I just see guys who are 15 years removed and they still have conversations inner-city or inner-state college battle and I just don't want to be a part of that, the losing side of that conversation in 15 years or 10 years."
Question: Talk about where you guys are right now; five and four, obviously not where you want to be record wise, but in your mind where you at?
DeShawn Sims: "We're learning. Coach Beilein said he is not going to give up on us and no matter what it takes we're going to learn something every day. If we don't execute it or we don't examine it, we don't take it in, we still going to learn something. He's going to get it out of us, capital punishment or we just take it in our self."
Question: When did the F chart come in and how often does he…?
DeShawn Sims: "The F chart is just out. Usually that is when we have our biggest turnaround is with the F chart. Coach Beilein usually cut us some slack the first couple of games. He brings the F chart out and you see the effort pick up and everything. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do."
Question: What is the F chart?
DeShawn Sims: "Just the mistake you make in the game, you get an A or F."
Question: There are no Bs or Cs?
DeShawn Sims: "No Bs or Cs, just A or F. Boxing out, something of that nature, no help. F and they pile up and it is bad."
Question: If we saw yours, were there some Fs on it?
DeShawn Sims: "Yeah I had some Fs. You don't get none when you win."
Question: Is it obvious to you that this team kind of goes as you go with you're energy?
DeShawn Sims: "I haven't examined it that way. Maybe I need to start thinking about it that way. Maybe give more than I give already. I never thought about it that way."
Question: You talked about getting refocused offensively, we know what ails you guys – shots aren't falling, but what about defensively what has been the reasons for the struggles there?
DeShawn Sims: "We do a lot of switching and we got a lot of guys not used to doing the type of switching that we doing. When it comes to switching, you always taking a risk, you always a step behind – one step lead to the next step leads to the next person being out of place – offensive rebound or missed block out or open three. We just a half off our switching patterns and that just comes with more effort and a little more toughness."
Question: Nice job knocking down threes as well.
Manny Harris: "Oh yeah. A lot of guys are starting to fall some, but we still got to get better. I think we starting to click a little bit."
Question: Talk about DeShawn (Sims) in the second half, he really seemed to assert himself.
Manny Harris: "Yeah, he know we need him and is something we talked about it. He picked it up. He didn't want to lose."
Question: Manny how much pride do you take in your rebounding, I think you had nine more today; you're a guy who scores but you also do the rebounding.
Manny Harris: "I just know that our team needed it because DeShawn does such a hard job down there boxing out down there and being physical and sometimes he can't grab every rebound. I just try to help him out, help him get as many rebounds as possible."
Question: When you look at where you guys are right now at 5-4, where do you think you guys are right now?
Manny Harris: "We just beat a good team and we got a lot to work on. We feel like we just got to have and once we have it I think it is going to be hard for us to be beat. I think the games we lost, we beat ourselves. Just stay focused and we will be pretty good."
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