Postgame Quotes

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Postgame Quotes
Duke 87, Virginia 65

Virginia Head Coach Dave Leitao

Opening Statement:
“We lost today to a very good team and usually as is the caseespecially in this league and especially on the roadwhen you allow a good team to play to their strengths and you don’t match it with the strengths that you may have then the outcome is quite obvious. That’s kind of what happened todaydefensively we didn’t keep the ball outside of the middle of the floor, outside of the paint enough to prevent the amount of open perimeter shots that they got. They’re really aggressive and give them a lot of credit because they have a number of guysnot just one guy in [Greg] Paulus or [Nolan] Smith coming off the bench but anybodywhether it’s [DeMarcus] Nelson or anybody all the way up to [Kyle] Singler who can put the ball on the floor and make positive plays and really test a team’s defense and they did it to us today. On the other end our offense got back on its heels and it’s about the first time that we’ve been pressured on the wings and denials like that and knew it was coming and it’s not a great way to have it happen to you. It’s not the first time but it’s the most effective time that it’s happened to us and really threw us off balance and we didn’t react very well.”

On the team needing more of Calvin Baker’s having success taking the ball to the basket when he was pressured outside:
“In theory, you look at it, they’ve got four, five, six guys that can do that and tonight we had two. It’s not supposed to be imbalanced like that. There’s a simplistic way that we’ve tried to teach to counter that and we’ve got to work on it some more so that Calvin’s not the only guy that has opportunities. Once you do try to create something off the bounce we’ve got to be in certain areas and certain spots to develop the kind of trust that allows the offense to continue from there and we weren’t really good at that today either.”

On calling a timeout only two possessions into the game and if he saw some of the same problems that his team had at the beginning of their game with Xavier:
“It wasn’t the same thing it was just something that I needed to correct right then and there. I really didn’t factor one game versus the other.”

 

Quotes courtesy of Duke Sports Information