Caught the tail end of Colorado coach Tad Boyle’s post-game interview following a 64-54 defeat to Washington. Here’s the video (above) and transcripts below.
(On defense and rebounding) “I thought our defense was good enough to win tonight. Our guys played great. We played with pride and some toughness. We lost to a good basketball team. The offensive rebounds really killed us in the second half. We had some stops and we couldn’t finish the possession with getting the rebound. That hurt us. And then we put them on the foul line in the second half. For some reason we don’t get to the foul line on the road. I don’t know why. At home we’re shooting a lot of free throws. On the road we can’t get there so what it does is it puts a lot of pressure on our offense. So we need to be able to make shots and tonight we weren’t very efficient offensively. But I like this team. I don’t like the loss and I never will, but I liked our pride tonight. I liked our toughness and how we competed. But we need to be a little better on the road offensively and the margin for error is very small. We’ll continue to improve.
“Against Washington, one of the things we talked about is it is not going to come off the first penetration. It’s going to come after the second or third penetration and I thought our guys were trying to make home run plays after changes on one side of the ball, or one dribble penetration. It’s going to come after the kick or the next penetration and another kick, and when we did that we got some good shots. We missed some good ones in the first half. With our defense tonight and our pride, I’m proud of our guys for the way they hung in there. It got away from us at the end there and you look at a 10 point loss on the road and we couldn’t shrink the lead because we couldn’t score. But it wasn’t because of our defense. 15 offensive rebounds in the second half were too many and the free throw line was really tough.
(On Washington defensively this year compared to last year) “They are so much better. I think. Last year that Wroten kid was out there trying to steal and gamble a lot, but this year they are so much more sound this year. They are so long, so athletic, they’ve got the big guy in the middle, you’ve got to score against Washington and you’ve got to execute against them because nothing is going to come easy. And we have to get better on the offensive side of the ball to beat teams like this.”