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OSU postgame press conference transcript for Craig Robinson, Eric Moreland and Angus Brandt

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February 12, 2012 6:38 pm

Head Coach Craig Robinson

Opening Statement…

“This is a tough game for the guys in the locker room to digest because I thought their effort was terrific, but it was disappointing that we didn’t make enough plays to win that game. I used to use the term ‘kissing your sister’ paying compliments like that and then you end up losing the game, but I don’t feel that way with this team. I felt like this was a turning point for us and I am hoping that they feel the same way that I do. That effort against Washington, who I think is the best team in this league and the most talented, to be able to stick with them and fight and execute our game plan, was great. I couldn’t be more proud of them, but I wish we could have won the game. I wish we had played better on Thursday because if you win that game on Thursday, then you feel a little bit better about yourself today.”

On his decision to start three guards…

“I was worried about their three-guard line-up, which is chalked full of potential NBA guys. So I wanted to make sure that we could stay in front of them. Barton has shown in the brief times that he has gotten in that he is a pretty good defender. He stays in front of his man and he is big, tall and athletic. I just figured, we could try it, see what happens and we could always go to a bigger line-up. Before he got into foul trouble I thought we were doing a good job on those guards because they were having a tough time scoring. So to answer the next question of if we will do that again, it just depends on who we play against. I mean I have said it time and again that our first seven or eight guys all play and they could all start. We are just trying to find that best fit to win each game that we play.”

On if it was deflating going into halftime tied instead of with the lead…

“When you play a team that is this good and has the kind of experience that they have in games like this, it wasn’t deflating at all. I won’t say that I was relaxed, but when you can go into a halftime against a team with this kind of talent tied, you just say ‘OK we weathered this storm’ and it is a brand new ball game. I thought our team did just that and came out nicely in the second half. I thought they did a good job executing the offense and the defense, I mean they shot 35 percent from the field so that is pretty good for us.”

On Washington’s depth…

“They played nine guys. It looks like they have a couple of bench guys that could probably start on some of the teams in this league.”

On if the team was waiting for a run in the second half…

“Historically, we are getting to the point where we are getting to our own runs. It was many years here where we would get these horrific droughts and not get our own runs. I felt like each time that we were going to have one, but when it finally came I felt like it was a too little a little bit too late. I mean Angus Brandt went on the run almost by himself, making those three very different and tough shots. But you can’t give up as many offensive rebounds, you can’t miss as many foul shots and you can’t have as many second half turnovers as we had to beat a good team like that.”

On if the team is still at a learning stage…

“I take all of the blame for these guys inability to do stuff because they are still young and they are still learning. I tell you what though, their effort is tremendous. I also want to point out something that is a small consolation, but we haven’t had two bad games in a row. I love how these guys bounce back. Even after the four-overtime loss, we almost came back and beat Arizona at Arizona. Every time that we have had a bad game, we come back ready the next time and that is part of the learning process. Even though we have three juniors on this team, these guys didn’t really start knowing what to do and when to do it at this level until this season, and they are still learning.”

Freshman forward Eric Moreland

On losing two this weekend and moving on to the next two games…

“We just have to take care of the road wins. We have Stanford and Cal coming up and we have to get those two and take care of the rest of the home wins. If we can get a split or two wins on the road, then that will help us get back in the running.”

On what he did to adjust his play since the Washington State game…

“I can’t come out and play like I did on Thursday. I wanted to make sure that I came out with much more energy. I also wanted to come out more aggressive today and try to help the team as much as I could.”

On being asked what the coaches said to him about adjusting his game…

“They talked to me about it and said I need to be more aggressive. I can’t play that many minutes and not get rebounds. It is one of those things that I am supposed to do on this team and I can’t come out like that. This game I wanted to make sure I’d be as aggressive as I could.”

On playing with three guards in the lineup tonight…

“We could speed up the pace with that lineup. We might get out rebounded a little bit, but the pace does go faster with that. When Jared moves to the four spot, he knows the position so it doesn’t hurt us too much. I think it wasn’t a bad idea.”

On Washington’s bench playing well tonight…

“They are very deep. They come in and rebound and have good shooters. We have to try and match that; they’re a tough team at the top half of the league. We just have to match that, but we didn’t do it well enough. We have to take it to the next game and try and move forward on that.”

On being happy with the defense…

“I think coach was happy with the defense and I think we are with our effort. I think we executed, it just was a tough loss. I wish we could have gotten this one. It wasn’t because of effort or defense like in the other games. I think this game we did a good job on defense. They got a couple of open threes but I think our effort was there on offense and defense.”

Center Angus Brandt

On being surprised of a tied game at the half…

“We weren’t surprised. We always knew it was going to be a close game coming into it and knew we had to play hard the whole game. The fact it was tied at halftime didn’t surprise anyone.”

On the team confidence…

“The confidence is still high. We played hard and played well as a team tonight, the result just didn’t go our way.”

On hitting open shots and gaining confidence…

“The coaches have talked to me all week saying that you’re a good shooter and the percentages show it. When you get the ball and you’re open, shoot with confidence.”

On Washington’s depth…

“They are a good team. I think we’re a good team as well. I’m not afraid to put my hand up and get one of my teammates in there. They have that luxury as well. Tonight their bench just did a better job. It was a close game, I still think it we played well.”

On having frustration in losing a tough game close…

“A little bit. We came in fighting, bounced back Thursday where we didn’t play well at all and then come out and play a really good game against a really good team and just fall short is kind of heartbreaking. I think all the guys have their heads up and can walk away proud tonight and it’s going to show when we go on the road to the bay area.”

On improving the inconsistencies…

“We have a lot of young guys. We just need good communication across the board and just make sure everyone is on the same page. Try to adjust to playing man-to-man and switching between defenses. We can work on communicating that better on the floor.”

 

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