While your stats are down, are you having a better season?
“Yeah, we've won more games. That's all that matters to me. As long as we win more games and continue to get better as a team and a program, that's all that matters.”
How have you grown the most?
“I don't know. I really feel like I'm playing the same game. I don't really see that much has changed. Last year, I was being more aggressive in the first half of the season but I'm being more aggressive in the second half now. In the first half I was trying to distribute the ball and things like that. In the second half, I've had to pick it up on the scoring end. I feel like I'm playing the same game I played last year.”
Is it easier this year with more players around you?
“Definitely. I've still got to find ways to get some [wins]. It's nice having those guys out there. We've just got to put it all together now and make a run.”
Did you build confidence against Ohio State?
“They fought. That's all we could ask for. I fouled out, but they just kept it up, kept with it, kept playing defense. We were able to tie it up but they hit a big shot that really sealed the deal. Just to see the fight and not to give up was the biggest thing for me.”
What do you see from this Minnesota team after you split with them last season?
“We've been watching film. I've seen them beat Iowa in that overtime game. They're a good team. They went on a run that first stretch in the Big Ten, lost a couple then went on another run. It's definitely a hard team to beat but a very winnable game for us. We're going to try to come out and compete and walk away with a W.”