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An Interview With:
COACH FRAN McCAFFERY
Q. What did you think of that Wisconsinperformance? Were you surprised?
FRAN McCAFFERY: I thought that was agreat game. No, nothing surprises me, prettymuch in anything with this game.They played tough, they played smart,they didn't turn it over, they made shots, they madeshots when they needed to, they rebounded, theygot ahead. I think that helped, especially whenyou're on the road and you want to get ahead.That's an experienced team. Very few teams arethat experienced. They've got three senior startersin the front line, two fifth-year seniors, junior guard,sophomore guard. It's an experienced team.
Q. How have they changed sinceJackson has gotten more involved?
FRAN McCAFFERY: Well, Jackson, firstof all, he's really a good player. I mean, he's verygood at both ends of the floor. He can create, hecan score, and he can defend, and he's tough andhe's got a body that enables him to play that style.They can still go eight deep, which I think isimportant.
Q. What do you stress defensivelywhen you're going up against a team likeWisconsin who in recent games has done abetter job of not turning the ball over?
FRAN McCAFFERY: What we have to beable to do is continue to defend the way we'vebeen defending. I mean, if you can turn them over,that's great, but you've got to make them miss andyou've got to give them one when it's all said anddone.
Q. What does Jackson bring, and howdo you think he's acclimated himself since hehad to replace Gasser?
FRAN McCAFFERY: The thing aboutJackson that was impressive to me is he's notafraid to shoot the ball at the end of the game, sohe's not a guy who's subbing in for somebody else,he's a guy that looks at himself like I belong here.I'm supposed to be a starter; I'm one of the better players in the league. He carries himself that way,with a little bit of a swagger that you need if you'rethat guy who not only -- forget about Gasser,somebody else was -- Marshall was starting beforethat.
Q. Melsahn Basabe is healthy now. Doyou think that's the main reason he's playingso well right now?
FRAN McCAFFERY: Well, he's moving somuch better, yeah.
Q. When you look at Ben Brust, is thiswhat you thought he would do two and a halfyears into his career?
FRAN McCAFFERY: When I watchedhim, I thought he could play both guard spots, andfor the first two years he was pretty much a 2 only,and what you're seeing him do now is really deliver the ball and drive and kick and take care of it. He'sleading them in assists. His turnovers aren't thathigh, so he's got a good ratio there, yet he can stillscore. What you're seeing is a guy who'scomfortable in his junior year, knows the system,knows what's required of him and has acceptedthat well and is fulfilling his role.
Q. Can you talk about patience againsta team like Wisconsin which makes you earnabout every basket. Is that one of the thingsyou talk to your freshmen point guards rightaway? You do anyway, but is it heightened?
FRAN McCAFFERY: You know, I'm not
January 16, 2013