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Al Skinner Quotes

Al Skinner
We've obviously got to play some games without him. So we're proceeding as if we're playing without him and getting ourselves prepared, with the understanding that if he comes back, he's only going to improve our situation.
Al Skinner
#Games

Al Skinner
They've been very fortunate to win a lot of basketball games here. I'm just extremely happy for them.
Al Skinner
#Basketball

Al Skinner
Because I've been allowed to stay long enough, I think that's part of the reason that this has occurred, along with, obviously, having some very fine players who've worked their tails off to build this program and bring about stability in this program.
Al Skinner
#Reason

Al Skinner
I was hoping to get the guys a couple of days in class. It's disappointing because we've got to travel and we just traveled.
Al Skinner
#Class

Al Skinner
It's similar, because the level of competition is there. It's going to be very intense, but the Big East tournament in New York is a very big deal. The only difference is you're playing different teams.
Al Skinner
#Competition

Al Skinner
You might as well get used to this. There's some new people in town and y'all got to hopefully welcome us with open arms. I'm not talking about just BC, but you've got Miami and Virginia Tech. So this league has evolved and hopefully we bring some credibility to it, and people would appreciate the quality of basketball that we're playing and those other new schools are playing.
Al Skinner
#People

Al Skinner
This league has evolved and hopefully we bring some credibility to it. And people will appreciate the quality of basketball we're playing, as well as the other two schools.
Al Skinner
#Basketball

Al Skinner
The level of competition is fairly equal. I think there is a lot of credibility that goes with both tournaments. For us, the location is what the difference is, but now is the time where you just focus on what's going on on the floor.
Al Skinner
#Competition

Al Skinner
We came down here with a purpose. But our goal is not over yet.
Al Skinner
#Purpose

Al Skinner
There are a lot of ways to win basketball games, and obviously the easiest way is to score points. But when you don't do that, there are other things that you can do -- hustle plays like the tip-in or the rebounds on the free throws. Those plays can make a difference and they obviously did this afternoon.
Al Skinner
#Basketball

Al Skinner
It's not for public knowledge.
Al Skinner
#Knowledge

Al Skinner
It's not like they welcome you with open arms in that environment, either. This is not really new for us. Maybe we're new to you, but this is not new to us.
Al Skinner
#Environment

Al Skinner
We came down here with a purpose. Right now, we have placed ourselves in a position to win this thing. We are obviously pleased with that. Our goal is not over, yet.
Al Skinner
#Purpose

Al Skinner
You might as well get used to it, there are some new people in town.
Al Skinner
#People

Al Skinner
It had nothing to do with the game. It was a well-played game. It wasn't even a distraction for either team. Maybe the fans and everybody else got excited.
Al Skinner
#Distractions

Al Skinner
I've got a great appreciation for the focus they've brought. We didn't start off as well as we would've liked in the league. For us to be in the championship game after 0-3 ... it's a tremendous credit for all the guys on this club.
Al Skinner
#Appreciation

Al Skinner
I was hoping to get the guys a couple of days of class.
Al Skinner
#Class

Al Skinner
We didn't lose our composure. We just settled down. We didn't at all panic. From a mental standpoint, guys weren't down on themselves.
Al Skinner
#Composure

Al Skinner
I think both of them were kind of rusty. It's been a while since both of them were on the mound. They weren't wild and I've seen them pitch better, but they still did a good job.
Al Skinner
#Kind

Al Skinner
He (Smith) was a beast in there. He was carrying two and three guys on his back getting offensive rebounds. Craig made them work extremely hard in defending him on the interior. That is what a senior does. He puts you on his back and carries you.
Al Skinner
#Beast

Al Skinner
We're just trying to put our heads above water here. We put ourselves in a hole and we're just trying to get out of it.
Al Skinner
#Trying

Al Skinner
They're not really small. They may be a little shorter, but they're strong enough to be effective. They're quick and strong and they have some basketball savvy. It's more the mind-set than anything else. Instead of using their height as a disadvantage, they use it as an advantage. Obviously, they've made it work.
Al Skinner
#Effective

Al Skinner
Clearly, effort. That's all it is. Against Georgia Tech, there were some things that we could do better. Execution, defense -- that's one thing. But what happened against N.C. State was lack of effort.
Al Skinner
#Defense

Al Skinner
I don't care which team you play in this league, they're no trap games. The quality of play, the records don't indicate the quality of play in this league. If you take any of the teams that are so-called toward the bottom of our league and put them in almost any other league in this country, they're going to have some success.
Al Skinner
#Games

Al Skinner
Once we get a couple of nights' rest, we'll be fine.
Al Skinner
#Rest

Al Skinner
We almost had to be perfect because we were down by so many. Truthfully, in the past, we have been [perfect], but we've got to learn from this. We created a couple of turnovers and we made a couple of great shots, but when we tried to get over the hump, we faltered a little bit.
Al Skinner
#Past

Al Skinner
I just think Virginia wanted it much more than we did. We did not at all meet their energy.
Al Skinner
#Energy

Al Skinner
I don't know what the reason is.
Al Skinner
#Reason

Al Skinner
You have an individual people are going to enjoy being around. You have an individual who's going to communicate well. And if given enough time, he'll help get that program on a winning track.
Al Skinner
#People

Al Skinner
When they went up by two, our kids could have folded up the tent and quit. I think that's a good testament to these kids. From start to finish, they deserved to win this game.
Al Skinner
#Kids