Milwaukee 80, Loyola 66
March 4, 2006
Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter
On having a week off leading into the game
"There was some concern over how we would respond. We put together a solid effort, with the exception of turnovers in a few stretches. If we can eliminate those turnovers in those stretches, create more opportunities, we'll be doing okay. For us to come off the break that we did and play a tough opponent like Loyola that won five-straight. I thought the effort was there and we played a solid game."
On getting the ball inside
"We try to score where the percentages tell us they are higher. Close and under the basket is where percentages tell us we'll make more of those. So, we try to get it in there and we like to get fouls on teams. It's hard to get fouls when you shoot three-pointers. But, we do shoot them, but we make it a point to get the ball into the low block."
On the return of Adrian Tigert
"It's a gutsy performance, to be off, away from the game, the timing is the one things you worry about. I thought his timing was pretty good coming off that stretch (of being out)."
On moving to the championship game
"You just want to be playing the game that we are going to play on Tuesday. You work so hard all year to take care of the conference, which is crucial, then you try to take care of the next. We are just happy to be playing on Tuesday."
Milwaukee senior Adrian Tigert
On his return
"Being out there with my teammates is the most important part. It's something you don't realize until you have to sit out. The last two games, not being around practice, you miss the guys, the comraderie that playing brings to you."
On playing in the league tournament
"Good teams need to have a lot of confidence. We've been waiting for this. Our first goal was to win a conference championship, the next one a conference tournament. So, we're just excited it's finally here. We'll be ready."
Senior Boo Davis
On scoring the first 10 points
"I just tried to come out right away and set the tone. Last game they held me to like seven points, so I came out and tried to be aggressive."
Head coach Jim Whitesell
On the loss
"The first 10 minutes, I thought we were doing of the things we wanted to do. We came out and were productive. But, Milwaukee then just beat us to the punch. There was a point when it was like 17-17, we scored two points and then didn't score for a while, it felt like an eternity to me. I give credit to them, they were sharper than us. I thought we had some tough turnovers that aided them to get some run outs and you can't do that with this team."
On trying to make a comeback at the end
"I like the way our guys finished the game in terms of spreading the floor. At one point we had five guards for a while. That's not something that's going to happen a lot, but we just tried to get anything started."