Men's Basketball

    Indiana Postgame Quotes vs. UNC-Pembroke

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    Nov. 10, 2007

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    UNC Pembroke at Indiana
    Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007
    Postgame Quotes

    Indiana Head Coach Kelvin Sampson

    "First of all, I would like to congratulate UNC Pembroke. I thought their kids came out and really, really competed. We are bigger, stronger and more athletic, but I thought their kids really competed. They run their offense well. They took advantage of two match-ups while we were guarding them. They may have even had the advantage. We were putting zone offenses in today during shootaround, but second half I thought we were good in it. We spread them out and really drove them, got the ball inside. Either you throw the ball into the paint or you drive it into the paint. It's the same thing. When you're inside, you can do it off the dribble or off the pass.

    "Someone asked me already about the 3's. I don't mind 3's as long as they go in. But if you're shooting 30 3's and you're not making any, it's probably not a good idea. If you're shooting 30 and you're making 18, I'd say they're pretty good shots."

    On Brandon McGee: "I didn't let Brandon play in the first half because he didn't work hard enough in practice to play in the first half. I could care less about his stats tonight. If he works a little bit harder tomorrow, maybe he'll get in the game in the first half. Freshmen have to learn that."

    Jamarcus Ellis, guard

    On fitting in with the team so far: "My role is whatever Coach Sampson's wants me to do. In the first half when I was kind of frustrated, I couldn't get a shot. He talked to me about shots not working because of my defense and getting my teammates together.

    "Early in the game, it was kind of hard because we just sat in there with the ball and it was kind of hard to get the ball in. By Eli being so tall, he can post up and do all types of things down there that you don't have no other choice but to give him the ball."

    Brandon McGee, forward

    On adjusting to practice: "Coach is helping me more and more, so it's getting a little easier. I just have to pick up my intensity, though."

    UNC Pembroke Head Coach Jason Tinsley:

    "I thought we came out very tight and it was evident by our turnovers. I am not naïve, I know we are not Grand Valley State. We are not at that level yet, we've got a long way to go. You play every game to win and we approach it that way. But, if you are going to lose, don't go out there and play intimidated, and I think some of our guys did, not all of them, but some. That bothers me, I hate that.

    "Our deal is that we try to really, really, really get after you. Not just against Indiana, we try to do that against anybody in America, any level. There were a lot of peaks in valleys, and that bothers me. They (Indiana) have an awesome team. They did a great job of rebounding the basketball. They did a great job of movement. They've got good shooters. They've got a very good team and they play hard.

    "When you play against this type of team, any flaws that you have will be exposed and really magnified. We have some flaws we need to work on; better dribble penetration, better job rebounding the basketball, better job getting around in front of the post. That's where this is really going to help us, because we aren't going to play anybody as good as Indiana or NC State."

    What's it like playing against IU Coach Kelvin Sampson, a UNC Pembroke alum: "He's (Coach Sampson) a great guy. He's done a lot for our school, he's done a lot for our program. I think he does a heck of a job. I'm intense, I'm fiery and I like people that make their kids get after it and won't settle for anything less. I respect him a lot as a basketball coach, as a person for what he has done for this institution and what he's done for UNCP basketball. These are money games for us and this is able to help our program out a little bit. At our level, there are not boosters and things so you have to generate revenue in other ways and this helps."




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