"I have one regret today. That with 7:47 left in the under-eight timeout, I said it's just like Jacksonville State. Let's go show them what we've got. I shouldn't have said that."
On what he should've said
"Anything but that, I have a feeling. Late in the game you are supposed to say ‘complete passes,' not ‘don't turn the ball over.' They hear turn the ball over. They don't hear the 'don't' part. I don't know what I should've said, but not that."
On the team's effort today
"I had an issue with mentality, with aggressiveness and confidence. I think when you get punched, you just kind of freeze up, and I think that's what happened. As a coach, that doesn't matter. For instance, in the last minute and a half, you didn't have to run an offense. You just had to complete the first pass and hope that those seven-of-eight free throws you just missed flips the other way for you, which it did. You've got to get those guys in a competitive mode and they have to build confidence. I don't think we did that today and that's what's disappointing about the effort."
On if that's why Nicholls State was scoring at ease inside in the second half
"I asked the guys afterwards and said ‘you tell me.' I'm only such a so-so mind reader. What did you feel? And Brandon Ubel said ‘I thought we mentally relaxed. I thought once we got ahead, we just (coasted).' And every position has to matter to you. These kids nowadays with AAU are a part of a larger societal problem. They play so many games. When I was a kid, if you missed a practice or a game, that crushed you and broke your heart. That's not the case anymore. Now we're playing games all the time from whatever game on. Life's just a big game. That's not what it's really about. Truly, every possession has to matter to you. When things get tight, you have to eliminate fear, worry and doubt. I don't think we did that in any way, shape or form."
On the team's mentality heading to Ohio State
"We're the underdog, so we've got nothing to lose. Let's go figure it out and try to win the game."