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Tom Penders Quotes

Tom Penders
We played 40 minutes of solid defense. We didn't get in foul trouble. We want to play teams like Rhode Island and (teams in) the Big East where you know how the game is going to get called.
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#Defense

Tom Penders
We got them (the Marshall players) to play fast. I told the kids early on that we just had to come out and hit a couple of (early) shots because then they get caught up in our tempo, going up and down. We broke away from them, and I'm glad we did.
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#Kids

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I've received so many letters and telephone calls, it's hard to keep up. I appreciated it so much. But I'm fine.
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#Letters

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In my opinion he has no confidence in himself right now. If he's playing like he normally is, we don't lose these games. That's the responsibility that comes with being a front-line player.
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#Confidence

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I think that North Texas is a very nice basketball team. They can shoot it, their big guys are like warriors inside and they are a cohesive team. ... Unless they fall apart, I think they have a chance to win their conference.
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#Basketball

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Being ranked is important for recruiting and credibility and later on when they pick teams in March, the committee tends to look at that as some sort of barometer. It's a sleeping giant here. It's been down since Guy Lewis retired in 1986, but it's a tradition-rich school with five Final Fours and banners all over the place.
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#Credibility

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I have a heart condition and I've had several episodes where I stand up too fast and get lightheaded. I did a three-mile fast walk this morning and probably didn't get enough fluids before the game.
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#Heart

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That's our game. Pressure. Try to create some easy buckets. That's what we're trying to build here first. That's the foundation. It's a different style and it is not conservative. We try to force teams not to run their regular stuff.
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#Trying

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This was a huge win for us. We're on the road against a quality team, and I'm not blowing smoke ? these guys would win many conferences in this country.
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#Quality

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We should be playing our best ball in February. We have to go out and focus on each game. We can't look ahead ? we can beat absolutely anybody and we can lose to absolutely anybody.
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#Focus

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We have to look at this as a payback game. They came into our house ? and granted, it was an empty house ? and beat us. Maybe I'll go down there and rent some fans.
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#Game

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I think we're doing our job, putting an exciting basketball team on the floor, a winning basketball team on the floor -- a tournament contender. It would help if we had at least 6,000 fans at every home game, but I'm not going to chastise those who haven't been here.
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#Basketball

Tom Penders
Rather than get giddy after beating LSU, which is an unbelievably talented team, the guys immediately turned their focus on Arizona and that final score wasn't indicative of the margin of that game. This is best defensive team I've ever had. They really get after it. These are very athletic, quick long-armed kids who pressure all over.
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#Focus

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If we didn't do that (go small), we lose. Had we walked up and down the floor with them and let them pound it inside, we would have been in much deeper foul trouble, and we would have had nothing on the offensive end. I'll always give up rebounding for defense and great quickness.
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#Floor

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We started slowly with attendance. Because I was a hated coach from another school, some people came hoping I would fall on my face. There were other people that embraced me.
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#People

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We just have to get another streak going. We also need to have a great crowd to come out and say goodbye to our seniors on Wednesday. That's a very important night.
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#Crowd

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That (shot by Henderson) hurt. We played great defense, and then he just kind of flung it up there to beat the shot clock.
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#Defense

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I thought we were in control of the game until we ran out of bodies. I've been coaching for 32 years, and I've never had a better defensive team than this.
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#Control

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He was in foul trouble. He got touch fouls called. I had to take him out. It's tough to stay in the rhythm.
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#Trouble

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I'm honored and pleased. I'm more excited about the potential of this program, so it's nice that the university feels the same way.
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#Potential

Tom Penders
There's no fire-and-brimstone lecture (for tonight's game). It's a game we want to win because we want to win our 19th game, and we want to play in the postseason. Not because it's Rice. And that's no disrespect to Rice. I've never coached that way.
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#Fire