Opening Statement Coach Beilein: "Should ask you questions, if you've ever seen anything like this, because I haven't. I haven't seen anything like this before. We put the whole package together today. We had a ton of great shots, 50% from the foul line, maybe a total of six or seven missed layups and the kids played their tails off. Look at Illinois who has won at Wisconsin. They beat Michigan State. They are a very good team. We guarded the heck out of them. We did everything you had to do and the basket is about this big (shows with hands) and I will try to help the best I can and just continue to try and practice well and be positive. I've really tried to do that more in the last month. I did not like in December and January that I think I was watching some games on TV and I thought I was frustrated. I tried to be more in positive, in practice in particular. We just can't stop. We got to keep working."
Question: Is almost doubly cofounding that the shooting like this happens at home?
Coach Beilein: "Yeah. I think we need to go play on the road. We need to do it. For whatever part of it. If we're stressing out a little bit or whatever. It's unfortunate. We got great crowds and everybody. It is really becoming a bit of a mental block that I'm trying to talk them through. I've loved them. I've challenged them. I've done everything that I could do and we just got to keep doing what we do."
Question: You said a mental block, is it at the point in some way that some of your guys…?
Coach Beilein: "They're shooting not to miss or they think they are going to get fouled. We're just not clean with what we're doing. We're thinking too much and it is a shame right now because I really thought we played one of our better defensive games of the year. I mean they're 6'9", 7'1" and 6'9". I mean right from the begging we missed. We got DeShawn (Sims) kicking it to the rim."
Question: Do you think it might be you guys beating yourselves a little bit more than anything?
Coach Beilein: "How so? Beating ourselves up?."
Question: Beating yourself up, which leads to other issues.
Coach Beilein: "That could be it. I'm sure every kid is different. When you have children they're all different and everyone of our guys is handling this in a different way and it's my job to try and make sure that I do my best to try and bring them some positive influence and I am."
Question: You've said not been through this before…?
Coach Beilein: "Yeah not a stretch like this. I understand Darius (Morris) situation as far as his shooting coming along. You've never had really good shooters that have experience making five or six in a game and then go 0 for or one for 20."
Question: Do you try to get back to something that maybe you did something years and years ago?
Coach Beilein: "Yeah. I think we got to get the positive films out more. We need to maybe bring some guys off the bench. We can't win…it is not wasted energy. If you see our practices at how hard we work. The stuff that we ran today was great. We got great looks. We got to the basket. We just can't make a basket and then sometimes we're tentative."
Question: You talk about bringing guys off the bench, what would (Matt) Vogrich have to do see more time?
Coach Beilein: "He's had trouble being a multiple position player. So he's got to be able to do that. We started him out at the two and switched him to a three when Eso (Akunne) could not play. He's struggled like many freshmen due being a multiple position player. So now we got to bring him back. So we'll see. If you look at his stats, once we play the really quality (teams),it is tough for a freshman to come off the bench."
Question: Sometimes when you guys struggle, you guys go down to DeShawn down; how tough is it to really not have that option?
Coach Beilein: "We tried to several times and he's 6'7 1/2", against a 7'1" guy. For obvious reasons, it was not working today. He is not going to post up and score over the guy inside. He had a couple of wrinkles that I think he could have gotten there, but did not have a great game."
Question: Losing him at the end of the game due to foul trouble…?
Coach Beilein: "I think Zach Gibson is playing very, very well. With him (DeShawn) having four fouls and him not having a great offensive day and he's got four fouls, so you know his defensive presence is not going to be the same. I think Zach has been a bright spot for us right now in this funk. We just came from two of our best wins since I've been here at Minnesota and Iowa. Those were great comeback wins, great wins and now we come back and I'm as puzzled as all of you."
Question: You talked about how sometimes when you guys missed shots it affects your defense. It did not seem…?
Coach Beilein: "Did not you think we were great defensively? I mean we were really good. They are 6'9", 6'9" and 7'1" and they got a great point and made a lot of good plays today and whatever, but Darius did a great job on him. You can't do much better defensively. The team is averaging 68 points in the league that is very rare. They come out with 51 and we're shooting it quickly."
Question: It is a little bit of a silver lining.
Coach Beilein: "You're thinking positive, I like it. I like it. Hard to do these days."
Question: How do you get Stu (Douglass) to think positive?
Coach Beilein: "Stu's not alone. He's not the lone ranger. There are a lot of guys. Laval (Lucas-Perry) and Zach (Novak) has been up and down. We have to have a positive talk to them and put our arm around them. We've done all those things, what do we do. You keep going. You just keep doing."
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