“Well, congratulations to Notre Dame. Their coach did a heck of a lot better job of getting his guys to play with a great deal of intensity than I did. Look down there, 19 points off turnovers for them, 0 for us. 23 second chance points for them, 13 for us. 38 foul shots for them, 21 for us. I’ve got to do a heck of a lot better job of getting my club to play with a lot more intensity than we did. Simple and easy. Reach in and foul somebody instead of getting down in stance. Head coach has got to do a better job of getting them to do that.”
In building the 15-point lead in the first half, did you see the intensity and that passion you wanted to see from your guys at that point?
“Right now I don’t even know if I can see my hand in front of my face, I have no idea. We’ll look at it on tape. It was easy early, and I’ve got a wonderful bunch of kids, but we’ve got to decide we want to compete when it’s tough, not just when it’s easy.”
What was the primary issue that led to the points off turnovers disparity?
“Well, the intensity level was, I mean, 19 points off turnovers, 23 points off second chance shots, and you get fouled because you work. They had 38 and we had 21. Anybody else got anything? Again, Mike and his staff did a great job. They bounced back from a tough loss for them. They did a great job.”
What did you do to take away their 3-point shooting?
“We tried to guard it, which we’ve tried to do all year long. We tried to stay in front of the basketball. Demetrius (Jackson) is really tough to stay in front of because he penetrates so well, but today, (Zach) Auguste drove us to the basket too in the first half.”
Can you speak to Marcus’ play in terms of a bounce back game?
“In the first half, he really shot it well. In the second half, he was really good, took one bad shot right in front of our bench, pressed it a little bit and rushed it, but other than that, I thought he did some good things.”
You said on Friday that if your team can’t get up for this game after Monday, something was wrong with them -
“Well, you know, the thing about it is we can get up, but this is a tough league. It’s not just about us. Notre Dame got up as well. It’s just like we played Louisville, they had lost a game before we played them at their place, we played Notre Dame at their place. World’s not gonna come to an end, but right now I’m extremely frustrated.”
What was the biggest difference between the first half and the second half?
“The only difference was the first seven or eight or 10 minutes of the first half. The last 10 minutes of the first half, they dominated the effort column, too. And I think that’s what happened. They didn’t make but two or three 3’s, but they made two of them at a really big place. We go to zone one play, and the guy doesn’t get out to cover the shooter in the corner, that’s the only place he’s got to cover. This head coach didn’t do a very good job, that’s the bottom line.”