SDSU-Marquette Postgame Quotes
Dec. 1, 2013
San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher - "We told our team before we took the court that they had to understand what a honor it was to play in this event, the first John Wooden Legacy event and that if we won, we would be remembered as the first winner, as it goes on and on and on. So we were able to eke out a victory. I also told them that this would be the most physical game we would play all season. And I know that I was right on that count. This is a Marquette team that is aggressive. They don't give you anything easy. And at times from fans, it might have looked as if it wasn't pretty, but it was a tough hard fought, competitive basketball and I think that wins for you. Josh Davis has some rebounds tonight that he got through will. He willed himself together and that's would he should be doing. That's what he's capable of doing. Xavier Thames is playing as good as basketball as anyone in the country right now. Complete control, not trying too hard, making plays that a fifth-year senior makes to help his team be successful. So, we're very proud of the fact that we won. I was told that this was the first time ever that we beat two ranked teams back-to-back. Probably we haven't played back-to-back two ranked teams. But it's the first time that we've beaten ranked teams. And we guard hard and I think that Marquette and ourselves mirror one another on that point and we compete. We got some depth and our depth help us. James Johnson that hasn't played much, when Skylar Spencer got into foul trouble, came in and gave us valuable minutes. Nice team victory and now we to take it and have it be a launch pad instead of being a pinnacle of our season."
Senior Guard Xavier Thames - Thoughts on this season being considered a transition year - "Yeah, we heard it. But, we didn't think nothing of it. Every guy was working hard. We didn't take it to heart. It's the same thing when all those guys left, we knew that we had to step up and get better everyday as a team."
On closing out the game - "We felt like we got some good stops towards the end of the game. We got some big rebounds. Like coach said, we made our free throws as well. Winston made three big throws towards the end that gave us a push. I thought those were the two keys of the game."
Senior Forward Josh Davis - On the physical performances of the game - "It was very physical. We knew that coming into the game. I expected that. Play hard and do what I do best and that is rebound. I love rebounding."
On playing in this tournament and looking into the rest of the season - "Right now, I actually think it's scary because we haven't reached our potential yet from what I've seen. Honestly, it's scary."
Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams - "I'm happy with the experience over the last four or five days, honored to be asked to play at an event that has Coach Wooden's name attached to it.
On Josh Davis - "I would say he was the change. Unbelievable stat line. Really, really good player, plays within himself. I don't think he does things that Coach Fisher doesn't want him to do. Very efficient. His numbers are the things that we study. He's very, very efficient."
Freshman contribution - "That's good. Deonte [Burton] was sick. I thought Deonte played well."
Should SDSU be ranked? - "I don't know, the only reason that there's a number beside our name is because the polls come out on Monday. I don't think we have earned the right to be ranked, that is based off what we've done in the past which is how typical preseason polls are conducted. So, I think this Monday will be the third week of voting and I'd say based on what I know, I would say they're worthy of that. It's just hard as a coach to be fair of the 354 teams, I don't know all of them. I think they're really good. Obviously Arizona is ranked very high so I'd say that San Diego State is worthy of being ranked as well."
On San Diego State - "They are relentless. They had 14 points on the offensive glass then had 14 points on transition, 17 points from the free throw line. Those are really, really good numbers. They play a lot of guys that put a lot of pressure on you and stress you out defensively on the full court. The game really begins when they shoot it. Two is going to shoot a lot of balls, 40 is going to shoot perimeter shots, but the game starts when they shoot it."
Takeaway - We're 2-2, I think that we've matured as I told you earlier. I think we're grown. I think it was a tie ballgame then they doubled us up. We need to learn from how do you close out, how do you finish?