MU 60 Rutgers 54

MU 60 Rutgers 54

Vander Blue's 22 pts helped MU overcome an 12 pt second half deficit in a 60-54 win before 5,021 fans at the Louis Brown Center.

Post game comments from Buzz WIlliams on the ESPN 540 post game show with Steve True and Jim McIlvaine.

We should not have won that game…It is amazing the [small] difference between 4-13 and 13-4…I thought Rut was good…,, I like what Mike [Rice] is doing with this team…it was a diff scout…it is hard for our guys to accept a loss…it has been a lot of fun coaching these guys…tonight's game was a microcosm of the season more than any game…

[Bench stepped up...] several of the pundits said ‘well your leading scorer Vander, is really struggling'. I did not think he was struggling…I….I thought Davante played out of his mind vs. Syr…Jamil was great vs. ND…Junior make a big plays tonight…Trent is struggling but he makes the play of the game[steal where he dove for the ball ]…which guy is it?…it is not one guy…it is not me…

[On the road, MU prays before games..]We pray over the floor…baseline to baseline…after we pray. We take a picture…if we win …we hang it on the door at the Kasten gym…it is so routine…they know where to go in the line…and Fr Kelly…knows…tonight, he comes out of the scorer's table…and trips and falls over a bag……and our entire program sprints over there…and his shoulder was out of place….total silence in the gym…our doctors and trainers take him to get an X-ray…[and later I get on the bus] .my man's got his arm in a sling…on the bus ready to go to the Rack….

[Improved players give you options to sub….] they are improving…they are developing…Van gets to stay [on the court when he is playing well]…if Chris is 8 for 8 vs. ND, sorry Davante…you are not getting in…when Todd played limited min…because he was bad at practice….the secret is to recruit all the time. Recruit as many good people as you can…hire good coaches who can develop skills of the recruits..

[Zone vs. man to man played by opponents…]…it is a different ambience…it is a different game when they sit back in a zone… [This yr.]49 % of MU's possessions have been vs. Zone…[last yr.] high 20s …we have 0 FT makes at half time…I told the team, we are not going to win unless we get to the line…

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