MU 61 Prov 50

MU 61 Prov 50

Here is Buzz Williams after the post-game. He discussed the unusual starting lineup, the new substitution patterns and how disappointed he was in the crowd's reaction to the Providence comeback.

[Assess your lineup and substitutions….was it a matchup issue? Shake things up?]

Buzz: " All of it…We will play 2 games in 40 hrs…2]prov is playing with 6 players…we had 11…so I thought that if we come in waves with energy and go full court offensively and full court defensively…we had 26 pts. in transition…season high….and some of it was ‘here is your chance what are you going to do with it?'…I don't care how old you are…let's see how this works…we are 11-9..playing the hottest team in the league…playing at home…taking a plane to NY when it is over…let's see if we can create some energy…they shot 18%...scored 50 pts.…they were averaging 78….not saying it was a game to game thing but I thought it worked out OK

[Were you concerned with the comeback…losing the big lead?]

As good as they are …they are going to score some pts.…and some of our fans were boing the kids which was maybe as disappointing as [thing] since I have been a coach here …our kids try…I want to handle it the right way… what you don't see is what are kids are doing every day[[practice]…what you do see is when our kids are in uniform….what you don't know is who they are as human being….or their mom or their dads or the stories that led them here……it speaks to who our kids are as human beings....that when they went on a run…that team will score pts.…and we held them 25 pts under their average…similar when we played Creighton, they scored 67…they shot 39% from the game…but we scored 49…that is what the struggle is with our team…some of our best offensive players are our worst defensive players…some of our best defensive players are our worst offensive players…so running them in waves as we did in 1H was kind of a balance of all of it…not who started…what they did last game…but what gives us our best chance from start to finish to win……

[John vs Derrick]

I thought John[Dawson] was phenomenal at Gtown…played 2-3 min at Butler and had 2 TOs…that is where you have to be careful with 18 and 19 yr. old kids…one game does not translate to the next game I told Derrick that I thought that was the best game he has played since he has been here…he had 8 assists…so …40% of our baskets were assisted by Derrick and he scored 2 so 10 of our 20 baskets were involved with Derrick..That is impressive to me…

[FTs today...18-27 .714]

Buzz:" If you can make 18 pts. of your 61…or about 30% from FT …that is pretty good…we did not handle their pressure well in 1H and a stretch where we were not handling the pressure great in the 2nd H…why? Because they were scoring and setting up their zone press..instead of getting stops and if they don't score…they cannot press…and let's go the other way. When we broke their zone pressure I thought we did really well….

[ST John's preview]

Buzz:" SJ based on talent…the most talented team in the league…I have not studied them a lot…I watched most of the game vs Creighton game…could have won at a very diff place…what transpires what happens between now and then …determines how we flow and what we do[rotation wise] .

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