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Oregon vs. Illinois Postgame Quotes
Release Date: 12/14/2013
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Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman

On the game as a whole…
“I was a little disappointed in the first 30 minutes. Ball movement was not crisp. We didn’t do a real good job on the boards. And defensively we showed how far we have to go. Our activity is not good. Our press gave us some energy.”

On finishing strong…
“It is a great characteristic to have as a ball club. But I was very disappointed in the first 30 minutes. It is a good trait to have but not something you want to rely on. The pendulum really swung the last 30 minutes and our defense really helped with that.”

On undefeated start…
“We are kind of fun to watch. We have some work to do. I think we are making progress and heading in the right direction but we have a long way to go. Sometimes you have to lose to learn. I hope we have the maturity to learn from our wins as well.”

On learning from this game…
“I think they did dictate the tempo. We didn’t have the energy. I am not sure why. I didn’t like our pace most of the night. I think you could visibly see our change in energy in those last ten minutes.”



#21, Guard, Damyean Dotson

On the current team’s goal...
“Right now we are just focused on winning games. We have more perimeter scorers, so it is hard for more teams to scout us because really anyone can score at any time. This will help us down the road to win games.”

On how he feels about the teams resilience after the two close wins…
“It’s a team effort, but at the same time you have to give credit to Johnathan (Loyd) and Jason (Calliste). Their senior leadership has been extremely instrumental in a lot of the wins we have been getting. A lot of credit definitely goes to them.”

#0, Forward, Mike Moser

On how it feels being undefeated…
“It feels really good. We are playing very well at a high level. There are some things we still want to work on but being undefeated is really good for us right now.”

On playing at home in front of his hometown crowd…
“It feels incredible. It’s even ten times better that we won the game. It’s really special being able to have my family, friends, and even my mom there. Oregon fans came out in great numbers and packed the arena. We really appreciate all the support they have continued to give us.”

On what he attributes having the best year of his career to…
“I would definitely attribute it a lot to coach (Altman).  He has put me in many great positions to be successful on the court whether it is playing the 4 or playing the 5. Coach (Altman) has continued to put us in good positions where we can get easy shots. Secondly, I definitely attribute it to my teammates. Those guys are really taking the pressure off of me and making it really easy for me to go out there and play, without forcing anything. Everyone on my team is so talented.”


Head Coach John Groce

Opening statement…
 “This was a great environment with two good teams going at it. Coming into this game, I thought Oregon was of the two or three best teams that I’ve watched on film in my two years at Illinois. They were as good as any team I’ve seen offensively. They’ve got a lot of answers and are very difficult to defend.”
“We wanted to guard the three point line, and we did that. We wanted to keep them off the foul line, and we did that. We wanted to limit them more than others have in transition, and until the end of the game, we did that well tonight. So, what do they do? Like any good offensive team, they go 25-of-37 on two point field goals.”
“I’m proud that my guys were able to concentrate and try to take away what we did. At the end of the day, they’re (Oregon) very good offensively and are well-coached.  Our guys played really hard. I loved our effort and attitude.  We did a lot of good things defensively. I thought we got a little tentative at the end.”
On if there is one thing specifically that isn’t quite there yet…
 “I think it’s imposing your will. I though they (Oregon) imposed their will late in the game. They had a different look in their eye. I didn’t quite see us have that look in the last eight minutes or so. We have to impose our will. A lot of times it comes down to that - a possession here or there.”

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