UW athletics communication staffer Patrick Herb is with the Badgers men's basketball team in Canada and sent back these quotes from coach Bo Ryan following his team's 95-82 loss to Carleton University in an exhibition game Wednesday night.
What did you learn about your team tonight?
Ryan: “I knew in the first half I was going to play just about everybody, and some guys a few more minutes than others. They are so much further ahead – they’ve already played a couple games – their timing offensively, because so many of these guys played together last year, is ahead of us. I think it’s one of those teams you have to play two or three times in a row, like an NBA playoffs best of seven, and then maybe you’d get a little better. Maybe not. I know in the second half we did a better job taking away the threes. But they were so effective at driving and getting angles. I think our guys were just a little too tentative defensively in the second half. In the first half it was more of a rookie guarding a guy with the ball and a veteran guarding the screener. We have rules and we broke those rules 20 times in the first half, a mostly by the younger guys. But that’s what we’re here for. Until you see the game speed of a team like this and how they move the ball and how they get it up and how they’re used to playing with a shorter shot clock like that. They were able to get better shots than us because of their timing. They were better. I thought in the second half and that extra 10 minutes we did some good things that showed we were watching and learning during the game.”
What were your thoughts on seeing Josh Gasser back on the floor?
Ryan: “That was good. It’s just that he’s not quite ready yet. That’s 10 or 15 minutes that we gave to a player for his confidence, to get him back on the floor, to get him thinking. He’s nowhere near where we need him to be. But that’s why we have the trainers and the doctors working with him the way they are. I think he’s going to be fine and I hope by the end of this trip he’ll be feeling a lot better.”
Any pleasant surprises from your team today?
Ryan: “I liked some of the battles that our guys got into, Evan Andersen, Nigel Hayes, Sam Dekker and a couple other times getting second and third shots. They showed something to their teammates that they can physically battle and that’s what we need. We’ve got to have that.”