News Conference: Texas Tech & Purdue – Postgame


PLAYER 1: Keenan Evans.
PLAYER 2: KEENAN EVANS: Keenan Evans. PLAYER 2: Jarrett Culver. CHRIS BEARD: PLAYER 3: Dustin gray. PLAYER4: Zach Smith Texas Tech head coach Chris
Beard, student-athletesHead Coach Chris Beard,
student-athletes Justin Gray, Zach Smith, Keenan Evans, and
Jarrett Culver. We’ll begin with an opening statement from Coach, and we’ll open it up
for questions. Coach, your thoughts on the game, please.
CHRIS BEARD: It was a hard fought game. We expected first
half. I thought both defenses were really hard to score
against. -fought game. We expected first half. I thought
both defenses were really hard to score against. Our offense
opened up a little bit at the end of the first half. , we
expected first half. I thought both defenses were really hard
to score against. Our offense opened up a little bit at the
end of the first half. I think that was the little bit of a
cushion that we needed. Then the second half, I thought
we did a better job offensively spreading the floor. First, I
just want to congratulate Purdue on a great season. You know, I
hate to see great players not be able to play late in the season.
We’ve certainly had our share of adversity with injuries. So we feel for Purdue not being
full strength. But I think you’ve got to give our guys a
lot ofseason. You know, I hate to see great players not be able
to play late in the season. We’ve certainly had our share of
adversity with injuries. So we feel for Purdue not being full
strength. But I think you’ve got to give our guys a lot of
credit. We made just enough plays to beat a really good, well coached,
talented Big Ten Purdue team. So I’mSO we’ve certainly had our
share of adversity with injuries. So we feel for Purdue
not being full strength. But I think you’ve got to give our
guys a lot of credit. We made just enough plays to beat a
really good, well coached, talented Big Ten Purdue team. So I’m really proud of our
players. Q. First,-coached, talented Big Ten
Purdue team. So I’m really proud of our players.
Q. First, Coach, for you and then whoever wants to take it from the guys,
maybe Keenan. 93 years of Texas Tech
basketball. This is the first time they’re
ever in the final eight. What coach, the guy who runs the
ship, what does it mean for you to be in this moment? And then
for the guys, what does it mean to earn this moment on the
court? Coach, the guy who runs the ship, what does it mean for
you to be in this moment? And then for the guys, what does it
mean to earn this moment on the court?
KEENAN EVANS: Winning never gets old. So it’s just amazing. It feels,
like I said, amazing to share this moment with these guys and
this coaching staff. We don’t want it to end. We feel like we
have more work to do, and we’re going to do that work.
CHRIS BEARD: Yeah, I respect the question. We’ve got great
basketball tradition at Texas Tech, starting kind of
in my lifetime with Coach Meyers, but I knew Coach
Robinson’s history before and Coach bass. I grew up going to Gerald
Meyers’ basketball damp, and Coach ** Dickey had a great team
that made the Sweet 16. And certainly Coach Knight, and I’m
really proud of my association there with Pat and tubby getting
the team. So I respect the tradition, but
when questions are asked like that, I’ve only coached these
guys for two years. To me, we just made the — what’s it
called? The great eight? KEENAN EVANS: Elite.
CHRIS BEARD: The Elite Eight our second year together, and
it’s just Culver’s first year. Why shouldn’t we? We’ve got a
great university. We play in the best league in college
basketball. We’ve got really great players. We’re blessed to
be here, but I think we’ve earned the right to be here. .
Q. Coach Beard, congratulations. Just to piggy-back off that
question, being that you cut your team in coaching and in the
game of basketball in the state of Texas from high school to
being an assistant coach at north Texas, to your long tenure
as an assistant coach at Texas Tech, is it extra special to
take a team from the state of Texas that has a really good history in
basketball but hasn’t made it this far, to lead Texas Tech
this far given your long history in basketball in the state of
Texas? CHRIS BEARD: It’s special for a
lot of reasons, and that’s certainly one of them. We all have a lot of pride from
where we’re from and where we go to
school, and we respect everybody that came before us. So I
certainly would agree with that. But the main reason it’s special
by far, not even close, the number one reason is these
players. These guys have come together, and we started our
first year and were close. This year it’s nice to get over the
hump in a lot of ways. These guys have worked extremely hard.
It’s one of the most unselfish teams that I’ve ever coached.
It’s one of the best practicing teams I’ve ever coached. We
have great senior leadership. And we have great young guys
that come in and have allowed themselves to be led.
So it’s a great thing for a lot of reasons, but to me the story
is the players. It’s these guys to my left and the other guys in
the locker room, they’re the story of this successful run. .
Q. For Chris and for Keenan, with seven minutes to go when Keenan hit
that 15-footer, before that, he was 1 for 6. I think he had six
points, ten points down the stretch. You’ve seen that
before. Keenan, what’s your level of confidence in those
situations? And, Chris, even though he was struggling a
little bit, what’s your level of confidence in Keenan? Is? KEENAN EVANS: My teammates, my
coaching staff, they instill confidence in me even if I’m 1
for 9, 1 for 10. Those moments they need me to step up, and so
once I hit one shot seemed to go through the net, it kind of
helped, and then I got to the line and made some free throws.
And my teammates just getting me the ball and helping get me open
has done a lot, and them just instilling the confidence in me
has helped a lot in those situations.
CHRIS BEARD: First of all, with the six shots, that’s on me. I’ve got to do a better job
coaching and get our best offensive players shots, and
Keenan is certainly one of those players.
The confidence to me comes from preparation. Confident people
are the ones that know they do the work. It’s like when I was
in school, when I studied for a test, I walked in there with a
pretty good swagger. I’m going to kill this thing. When I
didn’t study for a test, I was nervous, hoping the fire alarm
would be pulled. So with Keenan Evans, I’m
confident with him because I know what this guy does with the
process, along with all the other players. He makes 300
shot a day. Individual workout every day. In the film room
every day. Takes care of his body. Gets sleep every night.
So it comes in the day-to-day process with Keenan. He’s
earned his right to be here in these moments.
Q. Coach, you’ve knocked out this Purdue team now two times
in three years. What was it today, a totally different game
plan? What was the approach for
beating this team again like that?
CHRIS BEARD: Completely different game, different teams.
Today we were just very fortunate. I thought we played
very good defense today. Our offense opened up in the second
half. We shot 50 percent. We had a low turnover game. We
outrebounded Purdue. And we had four or five guys in double
figures and a sixth guy around that mark. It’s our formula.
It’s not a secret. When we can get balance on
offense, rebound the ball, and take care of the ball, we’re a
good team. Q. First for Keenan then for Zach,
you guys really found your shooting stroke in the second
half. You’re putting in points. Going in to Villanova on Sunday,
any one of them can score, like from anywhere on the court. How
are you guys going to be able to take how you played the final 20
minutes tonight and apply it for a full
40 on Sunday? KEENAN EVANS: Just being urgent
with whatever we do, but getting out there on shooters, making it tough,
making them uncomfortable, and just rebounding the ball to
finish the possession. ZACH SMITH: Like he said, try
to make them uncomfortable, try to instill a lot of pressure, pressure defense,
and play our defense. .
Q. Chris, one of the numbers that stood out was the 33-6 in
bench scoring that you guys had. What kind of luxury is it when
you’re bringing guys off the bench who contribute like that?
And especially what kind of lift did Zach give you, especially
not only this game, but in the tournament, with the way he’s
come back from the injury? CHRIS BEARD: Justin, you want
to answer that about our bench. JUSTIN GRAY: Yeah, I think we
have the best bench in the entire country. Any one of
those guys can start for any team, and everybody knows their
role. That’s one of the best things about our team.
Everybody has a role and accepts it, and they do it well. When
you have a team that has no doctor accepts their role and
comes in and is ready to embrace those moments, obviously, you
see the results, and we play for one another. So our bench is great, great
energy. CHRIS BEARD: Somebody ask our
freshman a question, man. Q. Coach Beard has talked so
many times about how this is a group that just loves to play
basketball from the coaching staff all the way down to the
freshmen on this team. Can you just speak to that and the
difference that that makes on the court and how much fun you
guys have while you’re enjoying playing.
JARRETT CULVER: It’s awesome. This experience is awesome. The
freshmen and some of the other younger guys, we just look up to
the seniors, and they led us a long way. We just try to follow
the best that we can and play our role so we could get wins.
That’s what we try to do. THE MODERATOR: Texas Tech,
thank you. FastScripts by ASAP Sports KEENAN EVANS: Vincent Edwards. JARRETT CULVER: Carsen Edwards . MATT PAINTER: We’re joined by head coach Matt
Painter, sophomore Carsen Edwards, senior Vincent Edwards.
Coach will begin with an opening statement, and we’ll take
questions for Coach and the student-athletes.
MATT PAINTER: Congrats, obviously, to Texas Tech. For us, we really played in
spurts today, just really never got that consistency. We’d make
a couple positive plays, and we just couldn’t get that
consistency on both ends. Some of those empty possessions
really hurt us where we weren’t getting a shot at all, and that
was probably the hardest thing for us, where they were getting
in transition, getting the layups and the dunks. That’s
what we really talked about was trying our best to prevent that,
making them earn baskets outside of the paint.
They’re a very talented team, very athletic team, very well
coached, good defensive team, and they obviously got the best
of us today. So congratulations to Texas
Tech. .
Q. Coach, Carsen hit some big tough shots in the second half,
but it seemed like you guys were having some trouble finding
looks. What was Texas Tech doing well defensively,
especially around the perimeter? MATT PAINTER: They do swarm the
basketball. They make it hard on you to get the ball in the
paint. Carsen did a good job of breaking them down and getting in the
paintjust swarm the basketball. They make it hard on you to get
the ball in the paint. Carsen did a good job of breaking them
down and getting in the paint, and it wasn’t that we weren’t at
other times. We just couldn’t finish some plays. We had a
couple good looks, and then we just tried to be on the same
page, just pass it and catch it. They’re a very good defensive
team. If you look at their numbers, they’re one of the top
four or five teams in defensive efficiency in the country. So
it speaks for itself coming from a league as good as the Big 12. Q. Vincent, you guys got it down to
one there early in the second half. What started the momentum for
you guys, and what was that big run to break things open? Is?
VINCENT EDWARDS: Just possessions. We had totifled the momentum for
you guys, and what was that big run to break things open? Is?
VINCENT EDWARDS: Just possessions. We had to take
care of the ball and didn’t do that. Miscues ** and really
didn’t connect as a team. Got some
VINCENT EDWARDS: Just possessions. We had to take
care of the ball and didn’t do that. Miscues ** and really
didn’t connect as a team. Got some turnovers. Got them out oflike he said,
emppossessions. We had to take care of the ball and didn’t do
that. Miscues ** and really didn’t connect as a team. Got
some turnovers. Got them out of transition. They were able to
get dunks, layups. So I think that’s what changed the momentum
right there. ty possessions. We had to take
care of the ball and didn’t do that. Some miscues and not
really connected as a team. Got some turnovers. Got them out of
transition. They were able to get dunks, layups. So I think
that’s what changed the momentum right there.
THE MODERATOR: Purdue, thank you for your time.
Congratulationswere able to get dunks, layups. So I think
that’s what changed the momentum right there.
THE MODERATOR: Purdue, thank you for your time.
Congratulations on a great season.
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