Press Conference: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech Final Four Postgame


Texas Tech – 61, Michigan State
– 51 BRYCE BROWN: Norense Odiase. JARED HARPER: Matt Mooney arrived. We’re joined now by Texas Tech
head coach Chris Beard as well as student-athletes Matt Mooney
and Norense Odiase. We’ll ask Coach Beard to open up
with a statement and then take questions for the
student-athletes. CHRIS BEARD: On behalf of
everybody in our program, I just want to
congratulate Michigan State on another Final
Four berth championship season. **.
I have so much respect for them. When you’re in games like this
and you have a week to prepare, I basically watched every game
Michigan I have so much respect for them.
When you’re in games like this and you have a week to prepare,
I basically watched every game Michigan State played this year,
every interview, every article, and you kind of get to know
somebody. This is one of the class programs of all of college
basketball. Coach Izzo’s handshake and kind words to me
after the game is something I’ll never forget in my career. So
personally, that was pretty cool.
In terms of our players, I’m just really happy for these
guys. We knew we weren’t going to out tough Michigan State, but
I knew he wanted to matchtough Michigan State, but I knew he
wanted to match their toughness. In the basketball game, I knew
there were things that had to get done. I knew it had to be a
low turnover game. We had one or two turnovers in the second
Havre, so that gave us a chance. Mattwe wanted to match their
toughness. In the basketball game, I knew there were things
that had to get done. I knew it had to be a low turnover game.
We had one or two turnovers in the second Havre, so that gave
us a chance. Matt’s teammates ** did a good
jobtry to match their toughness. In the basketball game, I knew
there were things that had to get done. I knew it had to be a
low turnover game. We had one or two turnovers in the second
Havre, so that gave us a chance. Matt’s teammates ** did a good
job finding him. Norense played like a warrior tonight when
Tariq went down. We had big time individual performances
when we needed it most. Again, nothing but respect for
Michigan State. We’re excited to live another day and get to
play on Monday night. THE MODERATOR: Questions for
the Texas Tech student-athletes. If you have a question for Matt
or Norense, please raise your hand, and we’ll send a
microphone in your direction. . Q. For both of you guys, just speak
to what was so effective for you defensively, limiting their
field goal percentage and then particularly the defense on
Winston. NORENSE ODIASE: I think it was
a combination of them missing some open shots. They’re a
great team. And just what we do every day, our toughness, our
grit to fight every 40 minutes, every possession. We just
brought both. They’re a great team, credit to
them. They missed some shots, and we were able to capitalize
on that. .
Q. Matt, what was it like shooting
in an arena like this? And why do you think you had
such a big night? MATT MOONEY: Well, it’s
different for sure. We got here a couple days early, got to get
used to it. I had a great shootaround today,
and the basket just got big for me . All week I’ve seen this
VERTS, scripture verse, Joshua 1:9 coming up all the time, it’s
have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous, do not be
afraid or discouraged because the Lord your God is with you
everywhere you go. I felt that verse tonight. I felt he was
out there playing with us on the floor. The basket just got big, and my
teammates found me. Q. Matt, Air Force to South Dakota
to the national title game. What does that feel like?
MATT MOONEY: I can’t explain it, man. It’s been a heck of a
journey. A lot of people have helped me get to this point,
have helped me along the way. You know, this is — I’m living
the dream right now. I’m so grateful I got another
opportunity. I’m so grateful for this coaching staff
believing in me, and these guys, my teammates believing in me and
welcoming me into this program. I love South Dakota. I love the
people there, and I’m thankful for my experience at Air Force
too. It’s just been a journey. .
Q. Matt, congrats on the win. Can you speak about the support
from Texas Tech school from the fans. At the end of that game, it
reached a pandemonium level from where I was sitting.
MATT MOONEY: It was a pandemonium for sure, man. It
was crazy in there. Our fan base is electric. They’ve been with us since day
one, since we got here. I know they were supporting last year,
and they’ve been amazing. Just I know flights to Minneapolis
and tickets and everything was so expensive, but for them to
come out here a long ways away from Lubbock, I know a
lot of people that drove like 16 hours,
and it just shows the support we’ve got. We’re just so thankful for that. .
Q. Norense, they had no points from
their post players in the first half. First of all, as well as
you expected to play, did that surprise you to shut them down,
and what was the key? NORENSE ODIASE: They’re great
players, great interior players. They’re tough, gritty. We just
tried to do a good job on them, slow them down as best as we
can. Not just me and Tariq, but our whole team since we
switched. I thought our smaller guys
battled and fought and helped us keep switching the whole game,
and it just helped us towards our game plan. **.
Q. For both Norense and Matt, when
Michigan State made that 8-0 run, what did you say to each
other, and how were you all able to still get it done?
NORENSE ODIASE: Stay poised, be tough. Everything that helped
us get to this point, we can’t just let it go to waste just
because in this game they made a run. We know they’re a great
team, and great teams are going to make runs at this stage in
their journey. So we’ve just got to stay poised, hunker down,
remind ourselves that we’re here for 40 minutes, not just that 4
minutes they go on a run or 8 minutes, all 40. Stay tough,
stay grinding, and it will come out in our favor, so that’s
what we did. MATT MOONEY: We’ve been there a
couple times this year. Teams have come back and made
runs. Playing in the Big 12 is great experience for moments
like that. You can’t quite replicate the Final Four
atmosphere and stuff like that, but we played a tough schedule
in one of the best leagues in the country that got us ready
for that moment. Q. Matt, you had referred earlier
about the conversation the coach had with the team about you’ve
got enough talent to play the last Monday in the season. What
made you believe him, and what do you think about that
conversation now? MATT MOONEY: Yeah, he told us
in the summer — I don’t know if it was the first day, but it was
early. He said, we have enough in this gym, in this locker room
right here to play on the final Monday night, and either Coach is psychic — he might be
psychic because here we are on the final Monday night. We just
believed him and believed in each other all year long.
Q. For both players, Patrick
Mahomes was in the building cheering for you guys. What was
that like knowing he was there? I don’t know if you noticed him
or not. NORENSE ODIASE: Oh, yeah,
Patrick is a great friend of mine. He supports us all the
time, not just our basketball team, but our baseball team,
just everything that he is embodies a Red Raider. He’s a
great ambassador for our school. He always shows support. He’s
not fickle. He’s grinding, grinding there with us, and it
was a blessing to have him here, and it was really exciting for
all the guys. MATT MOONEY: Yeah, pretty much
what Norense said. It was pretty cool to have the MVP of the NFL on our side pulling for
us. He’s a really great guy. THE MODERATOR: Is there a final
question for the student-athletes from Texas
Tech? Q. This is for Norense.
Norense, you had an injury that’s kind of derailed you a little bit to
have to redshirt. Do you look back at that as a blessing in
disguise now? NORENSE ODIASE: Yeah, I think I
planned it. I’m here now. It definitely is a blessing. At
the time, I knew it was something at the end of the
tunnel. I’m a big believer in Christ has a big journey for me,
a bigger plan for me, so when things like that happen, you’ve
just got to persevere and staying true to who you are.
You can’t get down. Whatever situation you’re in, you’ve just
got to grind, grind, grind, and that toughness luckily matches
our program and everything we are here. So I’m thankful.
THE MODERATOR: Want to congratulate Norense and Matt
and thank them for joining us here in the interview room.
They’re going to head back to the locker room, which is still
open with all of the Texas Tech student-athletes. Questions for coach beard. .
Q. Chris, Matt equaled a season
high 22 points. For him to do that on a stage
like this, what does that say about what kind of player and
character he has? CHRIS BEARD: He’s obviously
very, very talented, but the thing that really impressed me
tonight was just his courage, just to be able to make those big plays and want to be in
those moments. When Culver was — I’m not going to say
struggling a little bit. I think when Michigan State was
focused on Culver so much, Matt had the courage to step up and
take those shots. He’s making plays on both ends. I loved his
poise tonight. He’s a special player. .
Q. Coach, your team did so many
good things tonight. What part of your game plan specifically
do you think they best executed? CHRIS BEARD: It was the first
thing I said in an opening statement. Sometimes from time to time, we
like to think that we can maybe out tough an opponent. In this
game, that was not our objective. The very first thing
I toldthe opening statement. Sometimes from time to time, we
like to think that we can maybe out tough an opponent. In this
game, that was not our objective. The very first thing
I told the guys on would have been Sunday night,
from time to time, we like to think that we can maybe out
tough an opponent. In this game, that was not our
objective. The very first thing I told the guys on would have
been Sunday night maybe. Right when we knew that Michigan State
was the team we were playing-tough an opponent. In
this game, that was not our objective. The very first thing
I told the guys on would have been Sunday night maybe. Right
when we knew that Michigan State was the team we were playing, we
had a little team meeting, and I said, guys, look, the objective
is not to out tough Michigan State. That’s not going to
happen. We’re going to try to equal their toughness. We’re
going tolittle team meeting, and I said, guys, look, the
objective is not to out tough Michigan State. That’s not
going to happen. We’re going to try to equal their toughness.
We’re going to try to compete in this game against Michigan
State, one of the toughest teams in college basketball.
Once we do that, then it will become a basketball game, and
we’ll do things to give ourselves a chance to win. The
thing I’m most proud of ** is for 40 minutes we went shot for shot
with one of the all time greats in college basketball, Michigan
State. Q. Congratulations, Coach. A
two-parter, if you would. Number one, would you share with
us the words that Coach Izzo said to you at the handshake. And then number two, in all your
preparation, did you run into anything that surprised you for
what you had to face, make adjustments, and it worked
tonight? CHRIS BEARD: Coach Izzo is just
class. It was kind of a surreal moment. He just congratulated
us, and he mentioned our toughness, and that word means a
lot in our program. In terms of the game, just
adjustments. We knew that they’ve got a two-tone attack.
They can go inside on you, and then obviously Cassius is
special with the ball. So it was just finding, picking
and choosing moments. We threw a lot of punches out
there tonight. We tried a lot of things on defense, and most
of them worked. We were fortunate in that regard. I
thought they missed a lot of shots they normally make, but I
do think you’ve got to give our guys credit. We battled. We
contested. Our objective was not to
outrebound Michigan State. It was just to be competitive and
get our share. I thought tonight there were some times
where we couldn’t get the rebound, but we at least tipped
it away from them. We just battled was what I was
most impressed with. Q. Coach, I’m curious, just your
initial thoughts, not breaking down Xs and Os, but matching up
with Virginia, two of the top three defenses in the country. Is that a victory for coaches
that preach defense? CHRIS BEARD: I’m not sure. I have a lot of respect for
Virginia. I watch them on TV all the time, and we study the
things they do defensively. I think their offense is really,
really efficient and good too. I’ve always thought like they’re
related. You know, like you can’t play
great defense unless your offense contributes to that. We
would be a great example tonight. When we take care of
the ball and we play at the right pace and Temple, it allows
us to do the things we want to do on defense. I think Virginia
is very, very similar. I think their offense is explosive, but
it works together with defense. They’re just like all other
college basketball fans, from the
heartbreak of last year to be playing in the National
Championship on Monday night, it’s a story that you pull for.
The coach is first class. I don’t know him that well, but we
were at a Final Four banquet, I guess two nights ago, and it was
pretty cool hanging out with him. Everything I hear about
him, he’s like one of the best guys in the whole business.
Q. Chris, the way Culver was
struggling offensively and he’s in foul trouble and he looked
like his body language was — you know, he was a little down.
What did you say to him to kind of keep him engaged? And then
your confidence to kind of want the ball in his hands down the
stretch. CHRIS BEARD: I just told him to
stay the course and trust his teammates. He’s got guys out
there that are ready to hit shots and guys that are out
there to relieve the pressure. I thought in the first half I
didn’t do a very good job coaching. He wasn’t getting the
ball back much on the second touch, but against a good
defense like a Michigan State, you’re not going to score on the
first touch. I don’t think it was one of my
better halves coaching offensively. I tried to make
some adjustments in the second half to help them. But the real
thing was to try to stay the course and trust his
I don’t think it was one of my better halves coaching
offensively. I tried to make some adjustments in the second
half to help them. But the real thing was to try to stay the
course and trust his teammates. **.
Q. Coach, when Michigan State went on that run at the end of
the game right before the final media timeout, what did you say
to yourstay the course and trust his teammates. **.
Q. Coach, when Michigan State went on that run at the end of
the game right before the final media timeout, what did you say
to your team in that media timeout?
CHRIS BEARD: We work on four-minute games every day.
It’s something we believe in. We talk about there’s ten
four-minute games in a college basketball game, and we want to
try to win our share. So that’s what we wanted. We wanted a
chance to beat him in the last four minutes. So regardless of
what had happened up to that, we just cleared our minds and
showed some poise and just said, hey, this is all we could ever
ask for. On the first day of practice, this is what we prayed
for and hoped for, and here it is.
So next play mentality. Let’s try to make some adjustments.
And when they were making that run, I felt like maybe calling a
timeout — because with Tariq out, we were down to a six,
seven-man rotation, but I thought I might need the
timeouts later in the game for a press break or something. I’m
just glad it worked out. That’s one of those things coaches have
to live with. If that run would have got us, then it would have
been a long summer for me personally.
THE MODERATOR: This will be the final question for Coach Beard.
Q. You understand the history of
Texas Tech basketball and the unlikelihood of you guys playing
for the national title. I’m curious, for you guys to get
to this point, did it have to be a group like this of under
recruited guys and scrappers and a team that really buys in on
that sort of defense mentality? CHRIS BEARD: Why do you think
it’s unlikely? Q. Because you guys aren’t
considered a Blue blood, picked seventh in
the Big 12. I wouldn’t say this particular group is unlikely,
but, you know, given the history that Texas Tech’s never made a
Final Four before. CHRIS BEARD: Well, I’ve only
been the head coach of Texas Tech for three years. History
is something you respect and study, but when you’re in
athletics and you’re in competition, it’s the team at
hand. Last year we lost in the Elite
Eight to the eventual National Championship Villanova, so this
year I think we’re back on this stage.
I respect the question, but basketball is a team sport, you
know, and you get guys believing they can do something. So Texas
Tech has a great tradition. We won the Big 12 regular season
championship this year. We tied it with K State. We had some
bad injuries down the stretch, or they could easily be on this
stage. I’m not sure. I respect the question, but why not us?
We’ve got good players. We’ve got a great university. We play
in arguably the best league in the co-State. We had some bad
injuries down the stretch, or they could easily be on this
stage. I’m not sure. I respect the question, but why not us?
We’ve got good players. We’ve got a great university. We play
in arguably the best league in the country. We won the Big 12
regular season title. We’re a good team. We’ve got good
players. us? We’ve got good players. We’ve got a great
university. We play in arguably the best league in the country.
We won the Big 12 regular season title. We’re a good team.
We’ve got good players. Yeah, I think we deserve to be
here, as do a lot of other teams. You’ve got to get
fortunate, but we did. I’m looking forward to coaching
these guys on Monday night. THE MODERATOR: We’d like to
congratulate Coach Beard and thank him for appearing in the
interview room. Coach, we’ll see you again tomorrow. FastScripts by ASAP Sports
CHRIS BEARD: Tom Izzo. NORENSE ODIASE: Cassius
Winston. MATT MOONEY: Matt McQuaid. TOM IZZO: Tom Izzo.
CASSIUS WINSTON: Cassius Winston.
MATT MCQUAID: Matt McQuaid. THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and student-athletes
Cassius Winston and Matt McQuaid. Spartan locker room is
now open. We’ll ask Coach Izzo to make an opening statement,
please, and we’ll take questions first for the student-athletes.
TOM IZZO: First of all, I want to give a lot of credit to Texas
Tech. On our National Championship rings, there’s a PPTPW, players play,
tough players win. Very seldom in my career have we
kind of got out beat up, and tonight
was one of those nights. I was concerned about the
turnovers. I thought we could hurt them inside, put a lot of
pressure on Cassius. I mean, they played really good
defense. I didn’t think we played very good offense, and I think that falls
on my shoulders, not theirs. We just kind of got stagnant and
didn’t move things. I thought it really hurt us in the first
half when Aaron Henry and Nick Ward, we planned on punching it
in, and they both got in foul trouble, and that kind of really, really hurt us.
We gave up some defensive things.
But it doesn’t diminish on the incredible season these guys
have had. Probably in a day I’ll be able to sit back and
look at the incredible journey and the incredible run. It’s just disappointing in some
way. I’ve heard Chris talk about how he built his team, and
I guess somewhere there’s a compliment to us that he kind of
believes in the same philosophy, which I think is true for any
sport. We always talk about defense wins championships. We
didn’t defend so bad until the last five, six, seven minutes,
and then we kind of fell apart. So incredible run, hat’s off to
a very, very good Texas Tech team and very well coached. They hurt us tonight and
deserved to win the game. .
Q. Matt, for you as a senior, there’s been times in that
locker room after the end of a season where there was blood
left in the turnip, but you guys gave everything you have. Is
there comfort in knowing this team literally left it all on
the court? MATT MCQUAID: Yeah, a little.
We wanted to win. We wanted to win a championship. That was
our goal. We just didn’t shoot good.
Texas Tech played really good, and we just couldn’t get the
win. .
Q. Cassius, they seemed to make — you never really got
comfortable today. What were they doing that made you not be
able to get comfortable tonight? CASSIUS WINSTON: They did a
good job of full rotating. They switched really well, made it
hard to get into the post and things like that. Kept you on the sidelines. Their defense is really, really
good, forced you into some tough situations to make plays.
Q. Cassius, you looked at their
film all week. Was the defense even more difficult than you
expected once you encountered it on the court? Or how was it
similar or different than what you saw on film?
CASSIUS WINSTON: It was right about what we expected. We were
prepared. They were good at it. They got their hands on a lot of
balls. We could have been a lot better, though. I think part of
it was us being casual with the basketball or not being strong
enough, not executing well enough. We could have did a
better job on that part, but their defense was
really good also. Q. Matt, you had to expend a lot of
energy on defense after Aaron’s second foul. Can you talk about that and how
it affected your offense? Was it a
cramp? And what you saw on that last
three from the wing. MATT MCQUAID: Yeah, there’s no
real excuse for being tired in this game. You know, it’s the
Final Four. Coach always says play like there’s no tomorrow.
There is no tomorrow now. I can’t be using tired as an
excuse. I cramped up a little, but I
felt like I got back in there, and I was
good. We just lost. .
Q. I was wondering what you guys
tried to do differently once Texas Tech
lost Tariq Owens. MATT MCQUAID: I mean, he’s a
really good shot blocker. We tried to go inside more and
justI mean, I just — we just lost.
Q. I was wondering what you guys tried to do differently once
Texas Tech lost Tariq Owens. MATT MCQUAID: I mean, he’s a
really good shot blocker. We tried to go inside more and just
keep attacking, but we didn’t change a lot. We just kept to
our game. CASSIUS WINSTON: Yeah, we stuck
to our game plan. We were allowed to help a little bit more on defense because of the
lobs and things. We still tried to go inside and wear them down a little bit more in
there. THE MODERATOR: If you have a
question for the student-athletes, please raise
your hand. .
Q. When you checked out of the game, Izzo had a few words for
you. What kind of things did he say, if you don’t mind me
asking, as those final seconds were counting down? And any
additional words he had for you since then?
THE MODERATOR: That was for who?
Q. Matt. MATT MCQUAID: He just hugged me
and just said I’m sorry, and I told him I’m sorry, and we, “I’m
sorry, and I told him I’m sorry, and we just hugged. I got a
special relationship with Coa” and I told him I’m sorry, and we
just hugged. I got a special relationship with Coach. One
thing I’m going, I’m sorry, and we just hugged. I got a special
relationship with Coach. One thing I’m going to miss the”I’m
sorry,” and we just hugged. I got a special relationship with
Coach. One thing I’m going to miss the most is, when I get
done working out during the day, just going up before class or
after class, I come work out, and I go up to his office and
talk to him for like five minutes, and we just talk about
family or what I need to get better at. We go over stats or film or
something. We just — I love Coach, and he’s done so much for me and helped me so
much. I know he’s got my back, and I’ve got his back for the
rest of our life. THE MODERATOR: Is there a final
question for Matt or Cassius? If you have one, please raise
your hand. With that, we’d like to thank Matt and Cassius for
coming down to the main interview room. They’re going
to head to the Michigan State locker room, which should be
open for a few more minutes. .
Q. Coach, when you hear Matt just
mention those kind words about you, what does that make you
feel? TOM IZZO: I think any coach,
the relationships they have, their
years last four, but the relationships hopefully last 20,
30, 40. Matt will play some basketball yet. He’s got a
couple of opportunities in some things. The kid gave me
everything. Like I said, I coined the phrase with him and
Josh Langford, some kids like it, some kids love it, and some
kids live it. He’s a guy that lived it, you
know. The sad part is that cramp came
right on that three-point shot on the wing and air balled it,
but he still wanted to get back in there, and we needed
him in there. Whoever asked the question, it was true. He had to switch off on both
those guys, Mooney for a while and
then, of course, Culver because with
Aaron out of there, it was a problem in that first half. I
thought he did a hell of a job. We had some problems with our
bigs on the ball screens, and Matt was left by himself a few
times. So he’ll go down as one of the
all time great guys and hardest workers that I’ve ever coached.
Q. Tom, just wondering at what
point in that game did you feel like you were going to have a lot of-time
great guys and hardest workers that I’ve ever coached.
Q. Tom, just wondering at what point in that game did you feel
like you were going to have a lot of trouble with this Texas
Tech team? TOM IZZO: It was early. I
didn’t like the fact that I didn’t think we posted them up
like I wanted to. I thought we could go inside. Give him credit, he — owedy Odiase, I think, he **. It was
our subs that hurt us. Their subs hurt us a little
defensively, and our subs hurt us offensi it is, he **. It was
our subs that hurt us. Their subs hurt us a little
defensively, and our subs hurt us offensively.
I was concerned at first, but to be honest, I was ecstatic at
halftime. I said, we’re two down the way.
It was our subs that hurt us. Their subs hurt us a little
defensively, and our subs hurt us offensively.
I was concerned at first, but to be honest, I was ecstatic at
halftime. I said, we’re two down the way we played. I
thought we had several turnovers. We gave them the
ball a couple times, meaning they just took it from us. We
didn’t shoot it very well, but they didn’t shoot it very well
either. I thought we had a real chance at halftime, but I was
worried early in the game. It just didn’t seem like we had
what it takes to compete against a team like that, which is a little
disappointing. Then again, what you’ve got to
understand about that team too, I think they have four grad
seniors, and that’s a tough, rugged team, and Chris did an unbelievable job with them,
putting them together. I really like his team. .
Q. Tom, you’re always a representative of your league in
the Big Ten. I’m just curious, how would you respond to folks
who have comments about the league now that the drought for
the title is going on 20 years next season? TOM IZZO: Yeah, I think that’s
a fair comment. I don’t think it’s fair — I
think throughout this year our league top to bottom was the
best, but I’m going to be prejudiced to our league.
Somebody else will be prejudiced to theirs. The Big Ten — you
know, you look at some things, like I said, we played 24
conference games this year. We played 20 against in the
regular season, the most of any conference playing. We play in
front of the most people. And we didn’t get it done. I feel like I’m part of that
issue, so I’ll put on my big boy pants and say, yeah, you’ve been
here eight times, you’ve won one, so that’s part of the
problem. But I’m going to keep knocking
on the door. One of these days it’s going to open. And I also
think for our league, you know, Matt Painter was an
eyelash away. I thought Mike Krzyzewski said it well.
Everybody wants everybody to change what they do. If one
free throw goes in or one free throw goes out. I mean, you
look at Virginia — and I’m really happy for Tony, one of
the all time great guys. Actually happener for his dad.
I hope he gets to the games. But he just won two games that
were almost miracle wins. I heard John Calipari say it, he
lost one to Kansas on a bizarre shot,
and he lost one the other night when he
had a lead. So I look at the tournament is
what it’s all about. I understand that. But if you ask
me, it’s like winning the Big Ten Tournament championship. I
put a lot more into the 20 games. I put a lot more into how this
season went. One of these days, we’ve got enough teams knocking
on the door, we’re going to find a way to win one. I was hoping to do that for Jim
Delaney before he gets out. So maybe we’ve got one more chance.
Q. Coach, a little over two minutes
to go, it looked like you’d recaptured the momentum. You
were down double digits. You cut it to one. Then there was a
timeout, and it looked like it was back up to three at that
point, and it looked like the game was in your favor. What
did you tell them on the timeout? **?
TOM IZZO: We gave up a couple of ball screenplays that, gosh,
we’ve just never done. The guys that were in there, they gave up
a couple of plays, and they made some great shots. I thought Aaron Henry, our whole
thing tonight was take no more than two dribbles in there.
They collapse so well, and kick out. And we just didn’t follow,
we didn’t do a very good job of that.
But Aaron Henry, my freshman, on that last play kicked that one
to Matt McQuaid, and he had a wide open shot, and it just
didn’t fall. That’s the nature of basketball. I talk more about we’ve got to
be strong on the defensive end. We looked like we were
fatiguing. Give them some credit on that too. Culver hit
one, but, God, Mooney hit two shots, one with a guy right
in his face and one, I don’t know, shot it from right over
here, I think. I didn’t even get to see it, it
was so far out. That’s how you win games, you
know. You make plays. They made some plays. We didn’t make
some plays. We missed some shots. Hurt to have McQuaid out
of there, even for a couple minutes. But they — listen,
they earned it. They deserved it. Give my guys credit. We
didn’t quit, and we came back, but it wasn’t really a game that
I felt we were ever out of, but it wasn’t really a game, to
answer the question, whoever asked it before, that I felt
comfortable in it. Just the way, the nature they
played, it was impressive. THE MODERATOR: That’s all the
time we have. We want to thank Coach Izzo for coming down to
the main interview room. Congrats on a great season,
great run through the tournament.

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15 thoughts on “Press Conference: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech Final Four Postgame

  1. People keep doubting us! We are a better team defensively and have guys that can hit shots. Low scoring games are good for us, but of course we will be picked to lose like we have our last three games. If you follow Tech ball, you know were about to win against an overrated team in Virginia. Good team, but we deserved a one seed and will prove in Monday night. Wreck 'em

  2. I'm speechless. We could win a NC in the 1st time since forever! What, over 25 yrs ago with the ladies winning the Womens basketball championship? Thats it! Will be the 1st ime ever for our boys.
    Our football team keeps choking when the opportunities knocked in the past. The Leach teams.
    We just beat a legend-lead team (Izzo), Michigan State, a powerhouse. Lets get the NC on Monday! Guns up, wreck 'em Tech!

  3. Bis MSU fan here, I'm obviously disappointed but I'm totally rooting for Texas Tech in this final game. I like tough teams that are well coached so go red raiders!

  4. Texas Tech played some superb defense, and surprised a lot of people. Still have to give a tip of the hat to Michigan State who played their hearts out and have nothing to be ashamed of – Just added this video to the Wattl March Madness Video Board too! – yfo.re/NCAAB

  5. Izzo is a class act. McQuaid and Cassius are amazing unselfish players. Was awesome watching them this season!

  6. Virginia is going to get exposed and dominated by texas tech. The refs wont be able to bail out virginia this time!

  7. Skip to 9:28 Mooney (aka White Chocolate) gave praise to the one who's really in charge! Let's go Tech Monday night!

  8. Matt Mquaid though…. Texas Tech put up a really good fight and is a good team, however MSU played terrible as well. You have to give some credit to Techs defense, but we couldn't hit wide open shots or free throws. At the end our defense weakened as well. If we played like we had been throughout the season, I think we could have won. GREAT job Texas Texas, and I'm sorry you lost the championship, I was rooting for Tech

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