Tony Bennett Praises Team's Balance

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Virginia men's basketball team moved to 12-1 on the season. UVA Head Coach Tony Bennett discusses the Cavaliers 77-66 win over Notre Dame.

Virginia men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett discusses UVa's 77-66 win over Notre Dame (video above) 


On Malcolm Brogdon’s offense:

“One time I thought he forced his shot and I told him ‘let it come and take the right shots.’ I can coach Malcolm [Brogdon], he’s a player. He is complete. He’s good and he’s been through it. He wants me to coach him and I want to coach him. I’m going to challenge him both offensively and defensively for him to be his best. He missed a couple shots, but in the second half he got his rhythm and he spread out. That’s what I was most pleased with. He spread out on [Demetrius] Jackson who looked like [Kay] Felder from Oakland. You can see why Notre Dame is dangerous offensively. They can get it going with some threes, but it was absolutely an efficient and well played second half for Malcolm.”


On offensive contribution:

“Balance is this team. Especially when you look at what Mike [Tobey] did. Sometimes they went with five small guys. They put [Bonzie] Colson at the five and then they had four guards. Those were some matchups there, but when they did I thought we got great contributions. London [Perrantes] managed the game well, and he didn’t score as much, but that has hopefully become a strength of this team. Different guys at different times, and of course Malcolm and Anthony [Gill] will score, but then it could be any of the other guys who are capable. That helps us from an offensive standpoint no doubt.”


On Mike Tobey:

“I thought he gave us a great lift and then carried it on. I of course liked what he did offensively on the glass, but also defensively. When we played Villanova he allowed us to play one on one. I thought Isaiah [Wilkins], Anthony [Gill] and Mike played good position defense when their guy didn’t have the ball, and then when their guys did have it they did a good job of walling their guys by keeping them in front and making them work for shots. To see Mike [Tobey] do that job was good, and that’s why you keep working and playing. We need his size and his length. He can get discouraged at times, but he works hard and it’s good to see what he’s doing and we will continue to need it for sure. And it’s the same thing for the guys who aren’t playing. It’s the hardest thing as a coach to not be able to play all of those guys. Jarred [Reuter] didn’t play today and Marial [Shayok] didn’t play as much after a good game against Oakland. Evan [Nolte] didn’t play, but those guys will have opportunities, I believe that.”


On offense:

I think we’ve been pretty efficient this year. I think that has been showing and obviously tonight we didn’t over shoot the three. Tonight we got shots against their zone. We got some right at the rim plays, nine offensive rebounds and 11 second chance points that certainly helps. When you get those drives, the point blank shots make a difference in you percentages. We’ve been pretty efficient offensively the past two games, especially in the second half of Oakland and then this game. I was happy with what I saw and now we have to turn around and do it again in a hostile environment.”

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