Dec. 1, 2013
TULSA HEAD COACH Danny Manning
"Green Bay came out and they played a very good ballgame. They did a very good job of playing first-shot defense on us and rebounding well. Keifer Sykes is an elite-level point guard, and he did a tremendous job of controlling tempo and getting to the free throw line. They have some very good other pieces around him. (Alec) Brown is definitely a factor in the paint. Overall, Brian (Wardle) does a great job, they're well-coached and they play hard. For us, we have to continue to work and get better. Going into half, being up three, I thought we could have come out with a little more fire in the second half. We were able to get the ball to certain places on the court that we like, we just have to do a better job of rewarding ourselves and finishing the buckets."
On moving forward after this tournament
"We'll have to go back and watch film. There some sequences of good ball for us. Overall, to come to the tournament and go 1-2, we expect better, we want better, and we are going to push and do better."
On what the team takes away from the tournament
"We played one good game. We played three, and we played one good game, good enough to win. When you go to tournaments and you play multiple games, you don't want to leave with a 1-2 record, and that's what we're leaving with. So, that's disappointing to us, as a staff, and as a team. But you give credit to the other teams that are out there that are good teams. For us, we have to continue to work and get better."
On the team's experience in Alaska
On some players showing some emotion and fight toward the end of the game, and how that carries over to push the players in practice moving forward in the season
"They've definitely talked about the weather. You know what, we had a chance on one of the earlier days we were here to do a little bus tour and take in a few of the sights and learn about some of the culture and history here. Our strength and conditioning coach took a picture of a moose across the street from our hotel. I don't think too many guys had a chance to see that in person, but they do have one on their phone. It was a great experience, in terms of coming up here and being a part of this tournament. We were very fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity."
"I hope so (it lights a fire). I think one of the greatest motivators is sitting them down on the bench. If you want to play and be successful and make contributions to our team, you'll earn playing time. And if you don't play well, you're not going to play. That's just kind of how I feel, that's how I coach. I played quite a few guys double-digit minutes tonight, and some guys' minutes will go up, and some minutes will go down. It's a very simple equation: help us be successful and you'll play."