John Groce Postgame Quotes - Chaminade Game
Nov. 21, 2012
An interview with: Illinois Coach John Groce
THE MODERATOR: Coach Groce, some opening comments?
I thought tonight the key was two things: The defensive end, for us to affect them and they shoot 37%. We forced 14 turnovers. Then I thought the second factor was our bench led by Joseph who is here with me. I thought that Joseph and Devin Langford and Myke Henry gave us great energy off the bench. What an asset to have as our team continues to develop and get a little better every day.
Q. Can you expand on how important the bench play is in this tournament specifically? Three games in three days?
But I will tell you, the bench was ready to go. Good teams have depth. Again, I thought Joseph and Myke Henry and Devin Langford, in particular, and even the way the guys finished the game at the end of the game. The guys we put in finished it the right way. They were all ready to go, and as I said earlier, it's a tremendous asset to have.
Q. What did Devin do specifically or in general that was so much different?
Q. Can you talk about the team, how they've sort of melded over the last week since the Hawaii game and coming together, all of you playing together?
Q. Can you talk about Butler? Excited about playing them tomorrow?
Obviously, Butler's well-coached. They're tough. They're physical. They don't beat themselves. They execute well. They'll be challenged in a lot of areas tomorrow, but I know our guys are looking forward to that opportunity.
Q. What you didn't say about Butler is you were at Butler, and Brandon Miller was at Butler as well. Is it just the two of you?
Brad's got a great family. Brad's a great coach and a great person. He's done a tremendous job. As I had a chance to be on staff with them, it didn't take very long to figure out how bright Brad is. So I'm very proud of what he's accomplished and looking forward to the challenge of competing against his team tomorrow.
Q. Another non strategic question. It came to mind that I would describe the style of your team as scrappy. What word would you use or couple words?
I think for us I would hope that that identity is attacking. That we're very aggressive in everything we do, whether that's defensively or offensively. We played a pace on the offensive end. Whether that's up tempo, transition game or even when we're running half-court offense, when we're hard to guard.
Tonight I didn't feel like we had quite that pace in our half court offense. I thought we stood a little bit too much. The ball stopped a little too much. We didn't have the energy level we needed there.
But I thought the guys on the bench gave us a huge boost in that department. But the word I would hope would be attack.
Q. What were you most concerned about in Chaminade tonight and what they brought to bear against you guys?
So I thought it was good from that standpoint. Put us in a situation where we had to be outside our comfort zone. That's what these tournaments do this time of year. Gives us a chance to learn a lot about your team. So we were thankful for that. Thankful in addition to bringing that style, we have a chance to advance to tomorrow's championship game.
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