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What they said about the weekend in hoops


An occasional feature where we compile quotes from the weekend’s meaningful games. Read on and enjoy.

“It’s better to win on the road, especially in hostile environments against a Top 10 team. You shut the crowd up.”

- Tennessee’s Cameron Tatum on the Vols’ 83-78 road win at No. 3 Pitt.

“My assistant said we had four freshmen in and an walk-on -- that’s not a good mix to come into this situation.”

-- Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus, lamenting his team’s 84-47 loss to No. 1 Duke.

“The future can be this year.”

-- Louisville coach Rick Pitino, whose team improved to 8-0 after a 77-69 win against No. 20 UNLV. Pitino said before the season that the 2010-11 season might be a “bridge” to next year.

“We were awful. Let that be your headlines.”

-- Kansas coach Bill Self. His Jayhawks improved to 9-0 for the second straight year after a 76-55 win.

“Villanova is the gold standard of the Big 5 right now and you only play them once a year. We don’t get them again. It’s a one-time shot against the 12th-ranked team in the country and, frankly, I feel like we blew it.

-- La Salle coach John Giannini, after an 84-81 loss to the Wildcats.

“My opening statement will sound a little strange for a team that is somewhere in the top 50. I thought we played awfully well.”

-- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who watched his Spartans beat Oakland (Mich.) 77-76..

“That’s a good sign. That means we can play poorly offensively and still win.”

-- Kentucky coach John Calipari on his team’s 36-percent shooting performance during an 81-62 win over Indiana.

“I tried to make a play. But time was running out. I looked up and there was a second and a half left. If I passed it, my teammate wouldn’t have got off a shot.”

-- Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas had six turnovers and his last-second 3-pointer blocked during a 63-62 loss to Texas A&M.

“They were stuck on 25 there for a long time.”

-- Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber. The Gophers kept Eastern Kentucky scoreless during a 17-minute stretch of their 71-58 win.

“It’s been a tough year. We haven’t had a game like this. I’m happy to get one of them.”

-- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. The No. 8 Orange beat Colgate 100-43.

“I’m embarrassed for my school, I’m embarrassed for our fans, I’m embarrassed for anyone who’s ever worn the Wake Forest jersey.”
-- Wake forest coach Jeff Bzdelik, whose team dropped to 4-4 after a loss to UNC-Wilmington.

“I knew things changed when I walked to the game and I saw somebody out with a sign, ‘I need tickets. I knew we were doing something special here. We’re enjoying this ride and it’s going to be a good one.”

-- San Diego State’s D.J. Gay, on the sudden fan interest in SDSU. The Aztecs are 10-0 for the first time in school history.

“My game has never been just to go out there and score 30 points, just score, score, score ... But if I feel like I can score at times when we need a bucket.”

-- North Carolina guard Larry Drew II on his season-high 13 points in a 96-91 win over Long Beach State.

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