"Didn't feel very good. It was a tough night. About four in the morning, from then on it was really tough. Twice during the game I jumped up and wished I hadn't jumped up, but we were able to get through it. Dr. Tom Brickner was great and the things that they did to try to get me through it. And then I told the kids how much I appreciated it, trying to help get me through the game. The funny thing is after big games, we have fun in the locker room. And so I come walking in and they're usually there waiting for me and the whole bit and we have a little bit of a mosh pit. They were there waiting for me yesterday and they were all yelling but also saying, ‘Not too much, Coach, not too much.' But it was a good time and they're a wonderful group of kids... Right now I feel a lot better and hopefully I'll feel even better [on Tuesday]."
Have you been able to enjoy this season more after what you went through last year?
"Needless to say, it's really, really satisfying. It's a wonderful group of kids. And I'm not saying that last year's was a bad group of kids – that's not the insinuation there. But last year was a difficult year. I said to somebody when we were talking about it coming up here that in '09 I was about as smart as you could possibly be, in '10 I was about as dumb as you could possibly be and the first part of '11 I was even dumber than that and now I'm getting to be smarter again. It all boils down to how good those guys in the short pants do…
"Last year was really difficult for me. It was difficult for me personally, it was difficult for me in every way, shape and form and [Buddy Baldwin] said, ‘You didn't that dumb that quick.' But we have been able to get these kids to understand what we want them to do a little bit more. They've bought into it. They've bought into it 100 percent. That doesn't mean you don't have to explain it to them a little bit more at times because they are so young, but it is a wonderful group of kids."
On his relationship with Marquette head coach Buzz Williams:
"I think he's only been at Marquette for three years, so I've known him a short period of time. I like him. He's a funny guy. There's a story that I wouldn't tell publicly, but there's a story that goes back with that's a lot of fun. He's a good guy and really does a good job coaching his team. We've been together on some trips. [He has] a wonderful wife and I think two kids. He's a great guy and like I say, he's a little wacko so he fits right in with me and the guys I run with."
On any surprises or disappointments over the weekend:
"In the first game against Long Island I just thought we turned the ball over too many times trying to pitch it down the court. A quarterback in football has got to see his receiver and know which way he's breaking, but you've got to see the defensive player too and you've got to do that in basketball. So I was really disappointed with our turnovers in the Long Island game and then in the game Sunday against Washington, I can't think of a big disappointment or a big surprise.
"I think Dexter Strickland having the game that he had, in fact both games that he played, and he's trying to play with a very significant injury. I was really pleased for him and in fact, I was happy when they fouled him and he went to the free throw line in the late stages and knocking in both of those free throws. I don't know that I would say that was a surprise, but I was really very happy for Dexter."
On John Henson's late-game decisions:
"The good thing is that John is not going to apply for the NFL Draft because his hands are so bad. We talked to him about that after the game [on Sunday]. If he had just let it go, the clock would have run out, but he tried to catch it and just took his eyes off of it. And the other thing is he did not make a very intelligent play jumping up like he was going to block that shot. It was coming down.
"Two things – one, it was not going to have a chance to go in, it was definitely short and secondly, it was a two-point attempt anyway. Even if they had called goal-tending, it was still just going to be for two and we would have won the game. That doesn't mean we didn't have a discussion with the big fella. He said, ‘Oh I knew it was two; I saw he was inside the line.' With John, it's an 11-year-old or a 20-year-old depending on what afternoon you get him."
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