43 Total Quotes

Matt Painter Quotes

We hadn't worn gold all year and our seniors asked. There wasn't a lot of thought that went into it.
Matt Painter
#Gold

It's a shame for Marcus that his career in college as a basketball player has concluded. We're very happy that he's continuing his education.
Matt Painter
#Basketball

From an academic standpoint; managing their time, giving themselves time to study, and getting prepared for quizzes/tests (will be hard), ... From a basketball standpoint, it's a combination of all the demands that we put on them and getting them to play hard at all times.
Matt Painter
#Giving

We are still looking at several high school players who can play immediately and a handful of junior college players, ... We just need to get quality big men that can play from day one.
Matt Painter
#College

After we saw (Crump) live we offered him a scholarship and tried to convince him that this was the place for him, ... He is great in the open floor. He likes to get out and run and just create. He is just good at distributing the ball all over the court.
Matt Painter
#Convince

I don't have sympathy for other people when they have injuries. I still think we have enough guys to win basketball games.
Matt Painter
#People

We've not made excuses. We've kept plugging away. Our goal was to get to the NCAA Tournament. We still have the Big Ten tournament. Crazy things happen. Each game is our season. Let's hang on to these days and do everything we can to win.
Matt Painter
#Excuse

The one thing that shocked me when he first got to campus and we started doing individual workouts was his ability to shoot the basketball. As the year went on his percentage from three was poor but he's a rhythm shooter, when he gets into a rhythm he makes them.
Matt Painter
#Campus

We had a great effort. We've struggled shooting the basketball the past four or five games. It's too bad, because these guys have worked hard to get better.
Matt Painter
#Basketball

When we have determined all the facts, we will decide on the next appropriate action.
Matt Painter
#Action

We are gathering all the information we can about the events,
Matt Painter
#Events

He has no idea how good he can be. He should be a 20-and-10 guy every night. He should play in the NBA. That's all up to Carl, but he'll be ready to go.
Matt Painter
#Night

I was proud of our guys. They keep battling and playing hard and not making any excuses. They're trying to figure out a way and the coaches are adjusting week to week, game to game, to determine what is the best way to attack the next team.
Matt Painter
#Trying

We compounded our mistakes. At times, we simply couldn't pass and catch.
Matt Painter
#Mistakes

I feel terrible for our players because they have bought in, they are trying and they care. It's too bad; Iowa deserved to win this game because Jeff Horner stepped up and made plays.
Matt Painter
#Trying

I'm pleased that our players didn't give in to all the injuries and suspensions and they kept fighting. That's what I'm pleased with. But nobody likes to lose. We're going out there to practice and to compete and to put ourselves in position to play games and win. And we didn't do that.
Matt Painter
#Fighting

It gets to a point during the game it's obvious who's really chasing the basketball, who has the nose for it. That's what you have to have. We didn't do a good job (of that).
Matt Painter
#Basketball

I didn't think he could shoot the basketball when I recruited him.
Matt Painter
#Basketball

You can't sit there and feel sorry for yourself because … you really don't have any problems. You're just short-handed on your basketball team.
Matt Painter
#Problems

We tried like hell. We just didn't make them adjust, because we didn't make enough shots.
Matt Painter
#Hell

I have never felt our guys have lost confidence, especially our seniors.
Matt Painter
#Confidence

There are no real surprises on the schedule. Every year the Big Ten is one of the most competitive conferences in the country, and this season should be no different. I feel like the Big Ten is going to be very good from top to bottom.
Matt Painter
#Surprises

We don't see the kind of pressure that Illinois puts on you. We can't get ready for that in practice.
Matt Painter
#Practice

They're not trying to miss shots. They're trying to make shots out there. Sometimes when you miss an easy one, it leads to the next shot because you're thinking too much.
Matt Painter
#Trying

We simply have struggled shooting the basketball. We had open looks against Indiana and against Ohio State. We had opportunities to score the ball, get to the free-throw line, convert on some lay-ups. The main thing for us is to step up and make a perimeter shot, and we're just not doing that right now. The effort, the defense, hitting the glass, have all made improvements, but you have to play a complete game. It's not a lack of effort from our guys. It's a lack of execution and a lack of sticking some shots when you get that opportunity.
Matt Painter
#Basketball

We wish (Ware played) 30 or 35 minutes (instead of 21) because we were trying to go through him every single possession. To draw that double team and kick it out and get some open shots, or to dribble through the double team and try to score.
Matt Painter
#Trying

We did think about Doyle. He has that old man game that you see with guys like that at 'noon' ball. But it's effective. He's a good player. That's just his style.
Matt Painter
#Man

There's a spot for him on our team, but we've got to make some strides in practice.
Matt Painter
#Practice

It's only a national rivalry if you have two national teams, if you have two teams that are in the top 15, 20 in the country. Right now we're not in that position.
Matt Painter
#Rivalry

They had a better nose for the basketball, especially late in the game. We played hard, but at times we didn't play smart and on the road, that's what you have to do.
Matt Painter
#Basketball