News Conference: Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin Postgame


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Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard and student-athletes Nigel
Hayes and Bronson Koenig, congratulations, guys on a
victory that advances you on to play Villanova
, Greg
Gard and student-athletes Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig,
congratulations, guys on a victory that advances you on to
play Villanova Saturday night. We’re waiting on game time
, and student-athletes Nigel
Hayes and Bronson Koenig, congratulations, guys on a
victory that advances you on to play Villanova Saturday night.
We’re waiting on game times. Hope to have them to you before
we’re done this evening. We’ll open
. victory that advances you on to
play Villanova Saturday night. We’re waiting on game times.
Hope to have them to you before we’re done this evening.
We’ll open with coach guard making an opening statement.
GREG GARD: Thank you ,
on a victory that advances you on to
play Villanova Saturday night. We’re waiting on game times.
Hope to have them to you before we’re done this evening.
We’ll open with coach guard making an opening statement.
GREG GARD: Thank you, obviously extremely happy for
our guys, really proud of how they battled. Virginia Tech’s
Buzz got a heck of a team. Knew that, watch NG them on film
and prepare ing for them. Gard making an opening
statement. GREG GARD: Thank you, obviously
extremely happy for our guys, really proud of how
they battled. Virginia Tech’s Buzz got a heck of a team. Knew
that, watch NG them on film and preparing for them. We
knew, obviously when you get to this time of the year, they’re
all good and we were able to do just enough and make enough shot
s, get to the foul line enough specifically in the second half
to be able to hold them off and get enough to
this time of the year, they’re all good and we were able to
do just enough and make enough shots, get to the foul line
enough specifically in the second half to be able to hold
them off and get enough stops in the
end to get to seal them um I. two guys to my right and the
other 15 guys in the line
enough specifically in the second half to be able to hold
them off and get enough stops in the end to get to seal them
um like I said I’m happy to these two guys to my right and
the other 15 guys in the locker room
. Did a heck of a team effort to the foul line enough
specifically in the second half to
be able to hold them off and get enough stops in the end to
get to seal them um like I said I’m happy to these two guys to
my right and the other 15 guys in the locker room. Did a heck
of a team effort. Q. Several times they cut it to
one, in to get to seal them um like I
said I’m happy to these two guys to my right and the other
15 guys in the locker room. Did a heck of a team effort.
Q. Several times they cut it to one, in the second
half, and you would the end to get to seal them um
like I said I’m happy to these two guys to my right and
the other 15 guys in the locker room. Did a heck of a team
effort. Q. Several times they cut it to
one, in the second half, and you would come right
back in the end to get to seal them
um like I said I’m happy to these two guys to my right
and the other 15 guys in the locker room. Did a heck of a
team effort. Q. Several times they cut it to
one, in the second half, and you would come right
back and hit a three. I was just wondering, were you looking
for your shot in those moment work out that way?
BRONSON KOENIG: You can definitely say I was looking
for my shot. It’s something I take pride in being my even
senior point guard is making plays in
critical moments and I knew when they kept gutting it to one
that I was going to make some type of play, I was trying to be
as as possible .
Q. Q. BRON
Q. Bronson, were you just feel ing it today. Were there
certain things you were able to take advantage of, was there
defense, how do you explain this is a game where you patrol
car broke a school record can three eight
pointers? BRONSON KOENIG: I was feeling it
. I don’t think I shot all that well looking at my
numbers. I knew the way they were playing defense with the
switching and thing like that, with the zone, that I was going
to go back and forth that I would get open looks. My
teammates did a good good job of both
screening and passing the ball. Like I said before, searching
for it and just trying to stay on the attack.
Q. Q. Bronson, how big of a lift
was it to stay within — stay up by a point the entire
time? BRONSON KOENIG: I mean, we just try to battle
every single possession, and their
guards are really good, especially off that ball screen
so we were trying to do the best we could to keep them in
front and, I mean, that’s something we’ll look back on and
need to improve move ing forward, but, yeah, being up one
and our guys hitting their free-throws was huge for us and
just making big plays down the
stretch. Q.
Q. Nigel, how much do you feel like your just general
tournament experience that you guys have been here all four
years with Virginia Tech, how do you feel that played off for
you down the stretch. NIGEL HAYES: I think it helped a
lot to for us to have the older guys that we’ve had
and been through some of the run . I think it showed with DRON Bronson each time they hit a run
. Each time he hit a Shotspot he responded with a big shot.
The emotion is higher, energy is higher, guys playing more up
tight and I think when you have that experience, you’re
able to it relax more and go out . .
Q. Q. Any other questions for
student-athleteses? Q. For the guy, your defense,
what do you think worked for you and what was your game
plan that worked for you? wasn’t good at all. I’m
sure he’ll be up ought all night with clenched fists watch
ing how poor we were. Be We didn’t
do well at all, we gave up a lot of
paint touches, we fouled three -point shooters two or three
times which is definitely a cardinal sin in any program. We didn’t do well with dribble
penetration which is one of the key things we wanted to take
care of. We want to drive and kick extremely well. We were
Fort that the Na that we needed a
score record breaking performance to beat them. They
are a really good team.
Q. THE MODERATOR: Not seeing any
other question, Bronson, Nigel, congratulations.
We’ll see you here tomorrow .
Further questions for coach Coach guard.
Q. Q. To go on the 10-1, I think it
was run in the last two minutes there, is that more
you guys and your experience in those type of games or was it
ridged gid attack fading to you
see from their offense? GREG GARD: I thought we got the
ball in pretty high percentage areas. We wanted to
touch the post when we could. We shot quite a few free-throws
down the stretch, too, it’s hard
part of it. I don’t know. I only coached one team. So I
can’t judge in terms of what they were going through. I felt we had guys make key plays at
key came times. That’s what you need
this type of year of if you want to advance. Different
people have to step up at different
times. We were able to get enough stops at the end to be
able to come back and answer and .
Q. Q. P you’ve obviously seen
Bronson a lot. Where did tonight branch from what you’ve
seen? GREG GARD: Well, I can probably
remember his two turnovers who are or
whatever he had. Oh, he had one . Okay? You
know, he’s — I’ve known him since he was a freshman in high
school, recruited him for three years before he committed to
us. So I’ve seen him do a lot of things. Watch him win two
state championships. I watched him four years here with us.
He’s a heck of a player. He — he did a very good job without
the ball tonight. He played more without the ball than he
did with the ball for the most part
because of how — what we want were doing defensively. So,
he found spots. As he mentioned teammates did a good job of
screening and finding him and, I don’t know if it’s his best
shooting performance. Obviously it sets a record b- , but he
had 17 attempts to do it, too. But
he’s a good player. There’s no doubt about that. He’s a
school’s all-time leader in three-point shooting. It’s
pretty obvious. He’s been fun to
coach. Q.
Q. Greg, John what do you make of what, you know, Bronson
said in taking ownership as be ing a senior point guard and say saying, you know, I needed to
respond when the time game especially when they were, you
know, inching within — to respond to three-point
basketball score ing? GREG GARD: He’s done that
throughout the year. He hit a big shot for us. He hit a
big shot — everybody remembers the shot against
Xavier last year in the sweet
16. He has a tendency to obviously have the ball in his
hand hands. Opportunity ies go up.
That’s where you put your — at the end of the game you want
your the ball in your point guard’s
hand whether it’s him shooting or making plays for others and
he’s opportunistic. He hit obviously timely shots when we
needed it. Like I said, teammates found him, too. It
wasn’t always him making a play with
the ball. It was inside out, touching the post and throwing
it back out and him relocating and finding open spots, so he
gets the credit for knocking down shots but other guys had
the hand in helping that happen. Q. And just as a follow-up, I
know the point guard, the mentality, to have that
confidential ce and to be able to deliver
it, what does it say about somebody like him?
Q. GREG GARD: Well, he’s gone through games where he’s
gone one or eight or one for nine, too. So the biggest thing about shooters they have to have
a short short memory when things
aren’t going well. We We’ve gone through — I think he went
one for ten when we were at Madison
square garden at Rutgers there year. We went to the bench he
said what’s wrong. I said you got to keep shooting. You got
to keep shoals when he’s a shooter of his level. You let
one go and it start TORS snowball. You can’t lose
confidence when you’re a player like
that. Q.
Q. Nigel mentioned the Cardinals fouling somebody when
taking a three-point shot. Justin BIBs had eight points on
two four-point plays. I don’t know how rare that is?
GREG GARD: In two out out-of-bounds plays we went over specifically in practice in
three days. Q.
Q. Where did that on the aggravation scale?
GREG GARD: Well, here’s the thing. They shoot the
three so well, and maybe we made too big of a deal as a staff
about taking away their threes that we had them hyper alert to
them shooting these specifically off out-of-bounds plays or
anywhere. I ill I’ll look through the tape to see by be
Wie gave up so much dribble penetration.
Some of it we weren’t as compressed and compact as we
normally are knowing they had so They’re a little more spread.
They do that to you, too you . They do that to teams in
the league as I went through films. The
first one Bronson runs right into BINS, Iverson runs right
into him. They need to do a better route but also we need to
do a better job taking away the action to that. And the
scout team running is one thing. that’s done it all year. And
time timing of that, late we made an
adjustment and jumped it from the guy running the ball and
taking it away. We have to be smarter in terms of not —
you don’t foul three-point shooters whether it’s an out-of-
bounds play or not. So, we’ll look at the tape, I’m sure, and
see if any of those
things with different plays. THE MODERATOR: Not seeing any
more questions, coach, congratulate you again,
see you back here again tomorrow.
FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports thank you . ELIJAH LONG: BRONSON
KOENIG: NIGEL HAYES: WILLIAMS:
ZACH LEDAY: NIGEL HAYES:
THE MODERATOR: Joined by Virginia Tech head coach
Buzz Williams as SETH
ALLEN: THE MODERATOR: Joined by
Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams as well as Seth
Allen, Zach THE MODERATOR: Joined by
Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams as well as Seth
Allen, Zach LeDay. We’ll open right up with questions for our
student-athletes. At this time please raise a hand we’ll
get a microphone you to. Q. Q. Seth, they made 13 threes and
their point guard obviously had eight of them.
Was that just them being very hot or was there anything
defensively that you think you guys
could have done better defending the three?
SETH ALLEN: I think we talked about their
three-point shooting especially Bronson. A lot of it came off
of offense ive rebounds. Some of off of us trying to big
dig in the post. They did get hot — .
I think he had like three or four in
a row at one point. We But we just had to do a better job
running them off the line but we were really focusing on try
trying to pack it in and trying to play tighter defensively.
Q. Q. Zach, you guys were able to
cut your deficit to one point on five different occasion
s in the second half but never able to tie it or take the lead
when you had a chance. Just how frustrate ing was it that
you were able to battle almost all
of the way back but never quite get there to even the game up.
ZACH LEDAY: I just know I had a couple opportunity ies y
opportunity fault. I got to be better as a
leader and make them shots. You really don’t think about
that, you think about making shots and playing as hard as you can. I wasn’t thinking about
the score. I know I wasn’t thinking of looking at the
score for a second. I was just out there
playing as hard as I can for my teammates.
Q. Q. Seth, in the first half we
saw you you limping. Seemed like something was going
on with the foot or anything. What was your physical condition
tonight? ALLEN: I kind of got beat up a
little bit but I was fine in the second half.
Q. Q. Seth, you guys were 7 of 17
from three. Was there a three-point defense tough? Did
they give you hard looks, tough looks?
BUZZ WILLIAMS: SETH ALLEN: I don’t know. I’d say
that they got some really — they’re a really
good defensive team. Some of the looks we didn’t touch the
paint. We executed out of bound threes we did get were all from
paint touches. A lot of those were — a document — we shot a
lot of threes late. I remember I shot two in the second half
that was late, but 7 for 17 — what percent is that? 41? So,
that’s okay. So —
Q. Q. Obviously, it’s tough after a
loss, but it is there any room for both of you guys for
pride right now, whether in each teammates or in Buzz?
ZACH LEDAY: We went out there. We fought as hard as
we could. I guess at the end of the day, they made more
winning plays than us, but we’re going to have pride no matter
what. We went out there and played as hard as we could and
we gave it all our all. We
just came up short, so — Q.
Q. Seth, why did you want to come over and give Zach a
hug when he fell down. SETH ALLEN: Because Zach’s like
my brother. We came in together and just the
this is the last game we play together in
college, so I just wanted to tell him I love him and that’s
it. Q.
Q. For each of you, you helped turn this program around
in the three years in Blacksburg . How will you remember your
time in black Blacksburg overall and this special season.
How will you remember it?
ZACH LEDAY: This year, specifically, I was just
really focused. I wanted to really focus on my time. To be
honest I wasn’t thinking about my time in Blacksburg or
anything. I was just thinking about basketball. Every day,
alldy, how I can get better. How I can get better with my
team and help us win. At the end of the day I played as hard
as I can. I literally DEG dedicated my life to the program
this season. I have no pre
regrets. I wish we could have won. And at
the end of state day. these are like my brothers.
Coach Buzz is like a father to me. I’m
glad we got to this point. SETH ALLEN: Same here. I enjoy
ed my time here. Like Zach said, we made a deal
with each other. We didn’t get on social media. We stayed in
our house and shot . We went to the gym
and shot. We try ied to be the best leaders as we could and
follow coach Buzz because Weise he’s one of the best
leaders we’ve ever seen or the best leader.
Or And just fight. It’s hard to
change a program around. You have to be a an every day
digging person, you can’t take any days
off even when you’re beat up. That was always our mentality.
We knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, and we just wanted
to just follow coach Buzz and coaching staff’s lead and just
try to play and work as hard as we could when the cameras
weren’t up on our face. Q. , Zach,
congratulations on the season .
ZACH LEDAY: SETH ALLEN: Thank you, guys. Thanks,
everybody. THE MODERATOR: Question force
Coach Williams at this time .
Q. Q. Buzz, with as little depth as
you had, and you knew Seth was hurting, Justin BIBS
said that he saw, at least during halftime, at point
points during the second half where he was
grimmaces ing, did you have a discussion during at any
point during the half, I need you right now,
there’s nobody else I with can rely on
right thousand? BUZZ WILLIAMS: No. We didn’t
discuss it. He knew, our team knew. He has really
bad turf toe, our team doctor was here. Obviously he played
less minutes than the normal. But that’s part it of it.
We’ve obviously endured a short roster
all year long, and an even shorter roster since Kris’s ‘
injury, hate that it happened to Seth
and what ended up being his last importance that Seth brings to
the other six guys that he plays with, so — but that’s not
why we lost. But it was a part of the story for sure .
Q. Q. Buzz, did they do certain
things keeping you from having one of those 10, 12
three-point games that you have? appropriately, I think
with what has transpired over the last nine games with each
passing game, the scouting report has skewed towards that.
If you’re shooting — we were shoot
ing 51% as a team from the field over the last nine games.
47%, I think, from three. So , the teams are focused on we’re
playing for the most part multiple guys on the floor that
can shoot it from three. So, they’re a great defensive tame
and I would say that that was a part of their plan going into
the game .
Q. Q. Buzz, last year, Seth and
Zach both said that that the N.
N.I.T. tournament was a jumping off point for you guys for
wanting to have a good start and in and starting
nonconference. How do you view this game and
experience getting back in the a decade as
a jumping off not just this year but for years to come?
BUZZ WILLIAMS: The thing I mentioned, obviously it’s
emotional any time you come to the end. Our last game,
postgame locker room, this is my tenth year as a head coach.
It’s always been the same, and the one thing that I said
different tonight than I said last year, to answer your
question, is, as emotional as you are, it’s important that you go back to the hotel, and write
down all of the things that you learned. Good things, bad
thing, basketball-specific thing, person thing, student
things, because in order to use this as an opportunity for
growth, you can’t wait until after
the Final Four. Because that’s what typical kids do and I
think what we’ve asked of our staff and asked of a very young
roster, and in some ways a very depleted roster for various
reasons, we’ve asked them to be men in so many respects, and
so I think this is — this, all of this, all of the — that
come was this, is an opportunity to
learn and I think the best way to learn is to flush it all out
of your heart and your soul and your brain and make sure
that you have something that you because of my relationship with
those guy, and I don’t say that in an
arrogant way, I think they’ll heed that advice, because I
think it’s important. I’ll do it.
I’ve always done it. There’s a lot to learn from all of this
and you have to dissect it in the right way.
Q. Q. Buzz, you got a lot of pieces
come ing back next year. How much will you and this
program and that this team miss those
two seniors that just left? BUZZ WILLIAMS: I don’t — you
probably know this. I’m in the bottom percentile in
saying hello. And whatever percentile you think I am in
that record gard, I’m worse in saying
good-bye. I don’t say hello to my wife when she calls me, I
don’t say good-bye to my wife. That’s the way I’ve always
been and that’s why I’m perceive d, sometimes, I think in the
wrong way. Man, I’ll miss those kids. Figuratively, those
guys have carry ied a lot of water since they’ve been here,
and for whatever reason, they have
never resisted anything IF that
I’ve asked of them and not because they’re good players.
, they’re really, really good kids
and what they’ve been able to help us establish in a very,
very short tenure, way faster than I believe we’ve been given
credit for, I owe them for life, and my children owe them,
and our staff owes them, and those other kids on our team owe
them, and we’re so thank follow ful.
Q. Q. I know you’re not —
BUZZ WILLIAMS: I know you’re not
real big on negative thinking, but even for
a second, do you allow yourself to think about, what if
I had Kris, what if I had Kerry, what if I had Johnny,
these guys that can give you more
minutes and especially bigs? BUZZ WILLIAMS: Well, no. I
think the reason why norm is all of the piece of this
is just so fast, you know? And when you excel and give
give yoursome self time to go, well, if we
did this and if we had that, this could have happened. For
whatever reason, my whole career, there’s some
lemons, let’s make Lem lemonade, you know
why Zach and Seth are so good? Is
because they didn’t have any other choice. And if you look
at our staff, really and truly, the
only guy whose resume looks like they belong is our trainer.
You know, he’s got all of those initials after his name.
We send him all over the country to all of those
conferences, but I think one of the
things that I admire so much about our guys, they never
paused either. Overtime game against U
VA, you were there, the next morning Kris gets the MRI, that
afternoon, the doctor comes to the office and we facetime his
parents but then we have to leave immediately after that to
travel to Pitt, and part of it is because of the pace of
everything. But part of it is as a
leader, I’m inspired that the fabric of how we go about things is, what’s next? And that’s a
quote shirt, but they believe it, and I believe it, too. And
I think that they’ve been such an example of that. You know,
the thing that I’m disappoint the year in Virginia. He was
a part of our first four recruit ing class. I hate it for him
that he didn’t get to experience this in uniform, you know? I
made the decision on K., Kerry, and called his
dad, after the win at Michigan and I said, in
my heart, I don’t think I would play my son, but I want to be
honest with you, if I played your son, we would win two more
games and those two games could decide which tournament we
play in, and he goes, Buzz, you need to play him. And I go,
I know. As a coach, I need to play him, but in my heart, I
can’t. And pig, Tyree, he’s really good, and the things that
he’s been through in the last seven months, I’ve never seen in
my 23 years as a college coach, ever. And what Tom
Gabbert has done for pig, I’ve never seen an administrate ir
fight for, and Devin Wilson, he says to me, after the spring
football game, Coach, what do you
think I ought to do? I said, well, the only way I can answer
that is, I think if I can tell my children that I played
college football and college basketball at the highest level
possible, I think I’d do that. Toughest guy on the roster.
Best defender on the roster. And I knew when he said I’m play playing football, I knew that
meant he went wouldn’t play think that you have to make
decisions individually, but those decisions have to be
sustainable collectively, and I think, like Berman said, of
all of the guys that are return ing, on paper, it will be the
highest number of the years of experience at Virginia Tech.
This group had seven years of experience at Virginia Tech, and we played 33 games with the last
one being here. It’s pretty good.
THE MODERATOR: Thanks. Coach. BUZZ WILLIAMS: Yep .
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  1. Thank you coach Buzz for the great life lesson this season…."What you do speaks so loudly that I can't hear what you are saying ". I am proud, as a Hokie-class of 73', Eagle Scout since 1967 and SigEp since 1971, to see that you lead by example and that your character truly embodies VIRTUE, DILIGENCE and BROTHERLY  LOVE. May God continue to give you the courage to walk the walk … the Hokie Nation is better because you came… thank you. Blessings to you and yours,R. Lynn Womack Proverb 3:5-6

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