24 Total Quotes

Phil Martelli Quotes

That's a monumental win in this league. St. Louis players looked a little tired. Emotionally that tires you out, and we were able to take advantage of that.
Phil Martelli
#Emotions

I thought that the biggest message that we delivered was that they're big boys. Everybody was responsible for us losing yesterday. Players, coaches, everybody had a hand in that. It's human nature, but no one feels sorry for you. Even though you think that they should feel sorry for you. We went back to the method we used in Dallas. We asked for maximum effort. We told them that there would be a constant rotation of players. And the second quarter was the difference. The second half was an exercise in futility and it's a shame that guys don't grasp the idea that every opportunity should be maximized.
Phil Martelli
#Boys

Jim Boyle gave me an opportunity to enter college basketball in 1985 and I will be forever grateful.
Phil Martelli
#Basketball

We're just older than them. We start three seniors. They start two freshmen and a sophomore (Luke) Meyer who hasn't played much basketball for them.
Phil Martelli
#Freshmen

When you get physically intimidated in that way, mentally you kind of, like, crack. That's what I felt happened the first eight minutes. It sure seemed like they had more than five guys, and we had less than five out there at that time.
Phil Martelli
#Crack

We don't create a lot of easy shots. We have to look at offensive patterns, and that's going to take some time. You have to work on them, you have to work on them, you have to work on them. I don't know if you can make their skills better during the season. But you can work on their understanding of the game.
Phil Martelli
#Create

Kansas ran more effectively than anyone else in the country last year. It's a style that creates better opportunities for our big people. Of course, if all you needed were a perimeter game ... it's see you in San Antonio .
Phil Martelli
#Country

Being a greater nuisance on defense doesn't always mean stealing the ball. At times he got anxious and wanted to steal the ball when he was already in the player's head. He can win a lot of psychological battles without stealing the ball.
Phil Martelli
#Defense

I think great defense is not necessarily great steals. It can psychologically, physically and mentally wear down an opponent.
Phil Martelli
#Defense

To me, it's about the kids and how tough they've been. It's really not about sticking our chests out. We're one of the best teams in the country and the best story in college basketball.
Phil Martelli
#Kids

This is a group that deserves to be celebrated. What you have seen may never be repeated anywhere in college basketball.
Phil Martelli
#College

We've got nine games left,
Phil Martelli
#Games

By the end of the season, it was like literally being in a bubble. We were floating through the experience.
Phil Martelli
#Experience

One of the things we don't do is that we don't penetrate. We don't have that ability on our team. We have one guy who can get by people on the dribble, and right now his knowledge of basketball is such that he can't find the open player. We just don't put pressure on the defense to make them help. We've allowed teams to play us head-up. If you're not getting the shot in that sweet spot, it's not going to go down easily.
Phil Martelli
#Ability

We're picking up the pieces and moving forward. We're constantly reminding ourselves that there's still a half-year of basketball to play.
Phil Martelli
#Basketball

We knew when they came back it would be with a vengeance and we weren't ready for it.
Phil Martelli
#Vengeance

We crumbled a little bit mentally more than anything else. We've got to find out the reasons and work on them.
Phil Martelli
#Work

You know it's coming. You know they're going to go on a run You watch enough of their games and you know it's going to happen. I've watched six of their games and I knew what was coming. You just hope you have the plays in your repertoire to withstand it. We didn't. It got away from us.
Phil Martelli
#Games

We crumbled again. Our maturity level in the second half has to be questioned. It's very disappointing. We showed toughness in the first half, but none in the first 12 minutes of the second half. It should not happen.
Phil Martelli
#Maturity

Can you imagine? One-for-21 in your own building. That's what keeps you up at night with this team.
Phil Martelli
#Night

I enjoy going to Dayton, because the crowd support is great. They actually cheer for their team, and there's none of the goofiness that you find at some places around the country.
Phil Martelli
#Support

We're clearly playing our best basketball now. We were 11th in the A-10 after the Temple game (Feb. 14), and this is a tribute to our four seniors. They knew we were better than our record showed.
Phil Martelli
#Basketball

Of all the things we do, that's probably the most confidence that we have. If you want to throw the ball inside, we have a way of taking that away from you.
Phil Martelli
#Confidence

I'm blown away by 19 assists on 20 baskets. That's basketball the way it was meant to be played.
Phil Martelli
#Basketball