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January 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Coach Herb Sendek and ASU players after Washington’s 76-65 win

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek

(Opening statement) “In the first half I thought our inability to convert some of the good shots we had, coupled with the fact that we had arguably our worst shot selection of the year, really made it difficult for us to score. On the other end, the poor shots resulted in us being on our heels with our transition defense. In other cases, we were just burned in transition. The shot selection and the transition defense, to me, is what stood out in this basketball game. I thought we also had a tough time containing them off the dribble, especially early on.”

(On the team’s shot selection heading into tonight) “It has been arguably our greatest strength and something that we have praised the guys for throughout the early season, but tonight was just terrible. I wish I had an explanation and wish I could tell you why it happened. It seemed like it got contagious, perhaps once we found ourselves down, some guys tried to have 10 point possessions and maybe did some things out of character, but it’s still not a great way to play. When you take bad shots, you don’t get 10 points per possession, you usually miss them and dig the hole deeper. Poor shot selection was a big part of the story here this evening and, quite frankly, we had a difficult time defending Washington. Off the dribble, certainly stands out, transition stands out, and (C.J) Wilcox makes you pay almost every time, and obviously we just didn’t play very well.”

(On Jahii Carson’s limited assist numbers in the last two games) “Our team only had eight tonight. I think we might be in the top 15-20 teams in the country with our assist-to-turnover ratio, and that’s something that has been a real strength of ours, but tonight on our 22 baskets we only had eight assists. To get an assist, the guy has to make the shot. Sometimes you can make a nice dish and the guy will miss the shot and you’ll get a donut. Without being able to look under the hood and all those type of things, the fact of the matter is that I don’t think our team made each other better tonight. Give Washington credit they are an athletic and long team and they did a great job of defending us tonight.”

(On the team’s defensive intensity) “I think for the first time this year the three wasn’t falling for us. We were only 2-14 from three and we didn’t find another way to win. We didn’t find another way to compete.”

(On Washington’s success posting up Jahii Carson) “We tried to help him as much as we can, and they did a good job on a couple isolations. We eventually changed who he was guarding, but in the whole scope of things those couple baskets may have been a small factor but I think the things we are talking about (shot selection and transition defense) gave the game its context much more than that. But that’s obviously one of the challenges with size that you run into sometimes when you are defending a bigger guy.”


(On stretch that created huge deficit) Bachynski: “We got away from our basketball. We didn’t hit any of the shots we normally hit and sometimes when shots don’t hit then everything else seems to fall apart.”

(On being down causing quicker shots and lack of ball movement) Carsson: “When a team pressures the ball like that on the wings and the guy sits so far back off the ball that he can deny the ball, it makes it tough for guys. Guys just try to get the pressure off of them and it was something we weren’t used to seeing, teams pressuring the wings and denying the outlet and not letting us get our three point shot off. The next thing is to try to get going and get quick shots. I think that’s what hurt us tonight.”

JB: “We need to get back to our basketball. We didn’t play Sun Devil basketball tonight.”

(On what exactly is Sun Devils basketball)Bachynski: “We didn’t make each other better. It’s tough because when you do get down, there is that panic feeling when the ball comes to you. It’s not that we’re bad guys, we’re just trying to help our team and it’s a tough situation. We need to learn from it and move on.”

(On getting beat defensively in transition) Carson: “Basically, they just said whoever gets it, take it. It’s tough for us to get matched up in transition because a lot of us have mismatches. One time the five might be on a guard and he’s driving the ball and if we’re not in gaps then they’re attacking us. We didn’t do a good job of getting back in transition and that’s one of the things that fueled their scoring. When guys get easy buckets, they start feeling good about themselves and start hitting everything. We didn’t do a good job of making each other better and hitting our open shots, which fueled their transition game as well.”

(On move to zone defense) Carson: “We tried to slow them down. Once you can’t stop a team in transition, they get a confidence boost and it’s tough to play man to man, especially mismatches. They have four guards on the court and we tried to put a bigger lineup out there. We just tried to slow them down and put a zone out there.”

(On rebounding from loss and coming back for next game) Bachynski: “Honestly, we have to take what we can learn from this game and move on. Basketball is a next play kind of game. You might have a missed layup, but you have to get back on defense and that’s what we have to do as a team. We had a tough game tonight, a tough loss. We got ourselves in a whole and battled the whole game trying to get ourselves out, but we were unsuccessful. We just have to learn what we can and not lose next game. We need to win and come out hard next game and not make the same mistakes.”

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