Guard C.J. Wilcox
On how the Huskies upped their defensive intensity in the last 3 or 4 minutes of the game
We just made sure we executed on the defensive end. We haven’t been ending the games to well. Coach made sure we were focused and finishing the game right. If we would have made our free throws it would have been easier to win, but other than that our defensive intensity was good.
Were you fighting through pain at all today?
Towards the end of the game my back started cramping. It’s been cramping late in practice just from the fall last game
Are you one of those shooters that gets in a zone?
I just take it upon myself to be aggressive. Especially with Scott out, me and Abdul both have to be aggressive. Tonight was just one of those nights where my shot was just falling
Guard Abdul Gaddy
What it means to the team when CJ is getting hot
It just opens everything else for everybody else. He’s a knockdown shooter, a great scorer. We are looking for him everytime we come down the floor. When teams key on him it opens up things for me, Aziz, Andrew, Scott, especially when he gets going
Biggest difference between tonight and Saturday?
Toughness and grit. We boxed out more, we just played more physical. That’s always been a trademark of our team. We got after it these last two practices. It showed today. We played a tough team in St. Louis who likes to grind out wins. We played tough today.
What allowed you to be more physical?
Just focus. Not that we weren’t focused other games. That was just our mentality coming into this game. If you be tough everything else will take care if itself. We knew that we were going to make shots. We knew Cj was going to come into the game, and if he was making shots we were going to be fine on the offensive end. We were getting stops, being tough and getting rebounds.
How does that toughness manifest itself on the court?
Loose balls, rebounds, making sure you are in the right spot, taking charges. Anything dealing with being physical and getting to the free throw line. Anything dealing with being physical that’s all toughness. Those are trademarks of husky basketball.
Did the late start affect your energy?
No, we were into the game. Now you can feel the time. When you’re into the game you’re not even feeling it. You’re feeling the crowd. You’re out there just playing. You don’t think about time until the game is over.