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    Postgame Quotes vs. Purdue

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    Feb. 2, 2013

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    Postgame Quotes
    Feb. 2, 2013
    Northwestern vs. Purdue

    Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody

    Opening Statement...
    "It's great to get a victory at home. We haven't pleased the fans that much but we got Minnesota and we got these guys and that's great. We had a bad practice yesterday, I was in a bad mood and I think the guys were too. And they came out today and took care of business right from the get go. The offense was looking food, they got the shots we've been on from practice. Our defense was very good I don't think they had great looks. We had 26 field goals and 24 assists, and it makes you feel good as a staff that guys are sharing the ball and doing the right things and everyone seemed to be on the same page both offense and defense. We had 6 turnovers in the first half and didn't get any more, I thought the execution was very, very good for the day. Big guy who was very hard to stop, having nice touch at the basket, and passed the ball had good handle on the ball. We tried to double him and he finds guys. We were fortunate, we're playing in a week and a half and we'll see them again. But today I was very happy with how the guys played together."

    On Alex Olah's progression...
    "He's been coming in the gym and working out in between classes, trying to be more aggressive down there and watching some time. Becoming more of a student of the game, not trying to force things. He's got some pretty good guys to play with and he doesn't have to score whenever he gets the ball. Early in the year he felt like he had to try something. He's not at that point right now. He did a great job, 3 or 4 assists, same thing for Mike Turner. This is a progression; it's just normal maturation."

    On the offense in the first half...
    "I'll give Reggie [Hearn] credit, and it's everybody figuring things out. We knew their center was going to play off our center. We worked the last few days coming out and taking one or two dribble pull-ups and we did that. Dave [Sobolewski] came out early and banged a few shots, and that was really important that the veterans come out and do what they do. We played well. The shots got in, but they were good shots that we practiced. We certainly executed very well, and there was no tension on offense. Guys weren't asking, 'what do I do?' There was a nice flow to it."

    On the 12-0 run to open the game...
    "You have to have a good start away from home but you have to have a good start at home too. I thought we got good shots we could make and I didn't think they're shots weren't good. We got that lead and stayed with it. We had a little stretch there where we turned it over sometime in the middle of the first half. Byrd hit a three in transition, but besides that these guys did what they were supposed to do and did it well."

    On what's important now and the next game next Saturday...
    "Rest, mental and physical, but I don't think these guys are tired physically. A little banged up here and there, but I don't think they're very tired mentally. Sometimes you see that, but I don't see that with our group. Our second team the other day played so hard it was unbelievable, James Montgomery and Omar Jimenez, they really put the heat on these guys, and when you see that all the way up an down the line like that, it makes you feel good."

    On how important the win was...
    "You have to get it. We didn't play well against Nebraska; they just outplayed us. There were parts against Michigan that weren't that disappointing, I mean they came out and were making shots and made it look easy. We have to win these at home, we've already lost some at home, and we don't want to do that."

    On Reggie Hearn...
    "I've been hard on him the last week or so. I told him to relax, I told him I'd never say he's a walk-on again but I had to that the other day. I said, 'This should be the time of your life, you're here at a Big Ten school getting a Northwestern degree, and you look sad. Go out and play.' You don't have to listen to me, and he didn't have to listen to me. And he did that today. See that smile, that's important. He's a thoughtful guy, and sometimes smart guys think too much. You've got do what you've worked hard at for a long time."

    Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter

    Opening Statement...
    "We just didn't have the discipline to guard them. I think we have it I just don't think we've done a good job of just sticking with things. You have to make a decision on how you're going to guard certain actions against them and when you make that decision you have to stay with that and we just had too many guys have too many breakdowns."

    On the team's defense...
    "How we defend, like most people, is we try to stay under them. To eliminate the back cut make them go through your chest and when they do come up for the threes you stay with them, you stay tight and then don't encounter the screen and run into it. And with that some guys weren't doing either of those things and so now as you know pick your poison type stuff. They weren't just getting the back doors and the three they were getting both of them. I've only said this about Northwestern if you can't defend them it's like you're having a flashing light on top of your head while you're out there playing. They just pick on you and at times we hide one guy in the past against that flashing light, but when you got four or five guys out there flashing lights it's a difficult thing. We have a young player not just in our freshman class, but how they play. We have older guys that have breakdowns. Your older guys have to help you here and our older guys do not help us defensively in those areas."

    On Reggie Hearn's shooting...
    "The one thing I talked to our guys about and (SID) Cory [Walton] always does a good job of is we always get the last four games of stats so we take your season stats and your conference stats but then see the last four games. It kind of sees the rhythm you're in or the rhythm you're out of. Then you just watch them shoot and sometimes guys are just missing. Sometimes they get out of rhythm or the defense is doing a good job. He got into rhythm today and that's what we told those guys. That he can make shots, he can be there. We treated him as a big-time shooter just because of those stats. I know it might not have looked that way. We were treating him and [Dave] Sobolewski as the two guys you don't want to leave in shooter rhythm shot. Whether it was a pin down or an out-of-bounds play or whether it was a transition shot or whether it was something that just a piece of their offense, he was getting into rhythm and you just can't allow that."

    On the last loss against Indiana and what they did in practice in response...
    "How you respond is the next time the popcorn's turning. Coaches will come back and say 'Hey man, we had two great practices and we didn't play well.' Who really cares? It's your production right here at 11 a.m. on Saturday that's the only thing that counts. It's the only thing they judge you by. If you don't have those stats at the end of the season you're not going to say, 'Well we had four good practices.' It doesn't matter. So our guys didn't respond to the start of the game. You would think after getting beat by 37 points on the home court against your rival school that you would have more fight to start the game, but it really says a lot to where we are. "

    On discipline issues...
    "There's no question it falls on me. We've had the issue the whole year; don't act like it's just the past week. We just didn't come down with the flu last week here. So we have to do a better job of building the habit. That's what you try to do as a coach, you build habits on and off the court so that you have discipline. That's something that we have to stay with. You don't give in to it. The thing that we don't have is a lot of depth and so guys that keep making those same mistakes keep playing. We've got a lot of people playing that need to sit and watch and learn some hard lessons."