March 3, 2007
Wake Forest Head Coach Skip Prosser
On the win
"I am really proud of our kids. Senior night is an emotional time. It always has been for me even back to when I was a high school coach. I believe Kyle Visser and Mike Drum, even if they never played a second of basketball for Wake Forest, our university would be a better place for both of those kids having matriculated here. They are character people who were well raised, and I am really proud of them."
On the Cavaliers
"Virginia is a really good team. I thought our defensive effort to keep them at 39 percent was probably the best we have had all year. (Sean) Singletary and (J.R.) Reynolds are so gifted that we are pleased to come out with a positive result. I am very happy with the result."
On defending Singletary
"I thought he had his way with Ishmael (Smith). He is a very gifted player. He has gotten better each year. I remember when he was a freshman and Chris Paul was a sophomore and that was a good match up then. We thought we were better served to have a bigger kid on him and L.D. (Williams) and Harvey (Hale) did a better job."
On Ishmael Smith penetrating in the second half
"I felt that at halftime he was being too tentative. I am not sure if that was a reflection of what Singletary was doing when Ishmael was on defense. I told our players at halftime we are going to get back to playing Wake Forest basketball the way we like to play and that's pushing the ball. I felt we were too tentative in the first half."
Virginia Head Coach Dave Leiteo
On the game in general:
On underestimating Wake:
"Credit to Wake Forest, they played very well today and inspired. Had a number of guys who had contributions. Smith did a really good job of controlling the team. We didn't do a good job of stopping Visser. Good team effort on their part. Drum and the other guys really stepped up for them, so they did a really good job of beating us today."
"Not at all. I don't think anybody underestimates anybody. We had issues this year. At times going on the road and not playing up to our capabilities. I don't think and this is no disrespect to anybody, but I think that when we play mentally to the level that we are capable of, that we become very good. A lot of time when we don't, and in particular today's game, we ended up beating ourselves."
On J.R. Reynolds struggling today:
"He was tired, hurting?not going to make an excuse. He played well through it. There is so much asked of those guys, it's a total team effort. This time of year everybody is banged up and hurting. You play through it."