Coach Rose and players talk about road trip after practice

Feb 11, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee on February 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Updated: February 11, 2014 7:52 pm

Coach Dave Rose

On challenges against Pacific:

“[Pacific] is a really good team. I think the matchup for us is really difficult because of their ability to drive the ball and they drive it right at us. We told our guys today that we were the benefit of a superb offensive game by Tyler. We had that offensive cushion for most of the game, but it really felt like we were on our heels a lot in that second half. As a coaching staff, we really feel like we have our hands full and our guys are going to have to be good. We’re going to have to play a really good game to get going and win. We have to play a full game.”

On improvements:

“I believe our team has improved in a lot of different ways. Coming home, we had some really big offensive nights from Tyler and hopefully we don’t depend on them. We need to be prepared and have some good balance in our offensive game. I think defensively we’ve improved in our concentration as far as our execution is concerned, but the key to this road trip is to stay out of foul trouble and defend the 3-point line.”

“It’s so important during this time of year to be physical and to compete in a real physical nature, but we need to find a way to be more physical and foul less, if that’s possible, because we need to keep our big guys out of foul trouble.”

“We pay a lot more attention to detail on our defensive game plan. I think our rebounding statistics have been really good at home and hopefully we can transfer those things on the road. I believe our guys have really improved consistently throughout the game in that area.”

On home stretch:

“I think you can feel it from the guys. They realize that they’re in a position where the games are really important and they really mean a lot. I think our sport is unique to the fact that there’s always another chance with the tournament, but I really do believe our guys know the standings and know the weight of every game now. The best part is, when you do win, it makes the next game even more important and that’s a great way to get through February and March.”

On bracketology and rankings:

“I think what guys understand is that that’s so temporary. There’s so much to do. From my point of view, it’s so temporary and things can change so quick no matter what side of the coin you’re on. Hopefully we’ve instilled a few things in our guys and that the only thing that’s important is the next game we play.”

Tyler Haws

On road swing:

“I think our intensity on defense, I feel like we’ve made strides there in our games at home, so we have to find a way to bring that intensity on the road. We just need to play loose and play like we can at home.”

On grinding out games:

“We have to take that mentality on the road. It feels like on the road every game is a grind-it-out game, so it feels good to be in one of those games and come out on top. We have that experience under our belt and we’re going to have to be ready to play these next two games.”

On winning games during final stretch:

“I think just continuing to get better every day in practice and taking care of your body. We just want to win games and we can’t worry too much about [rankings] right now. We just have to focus on our next game.”

Eric Mika

On getting back on the road and physicality:

“I’m excited. We haven’t been out for a while and I think we’ve improved a lot. We got our feet under us again and I think we’re going to do well.”

“I think physically, we’re a lot better and we’re a lot healthier than we have been starting these road trips.”

“I think every game we play in this conference is going to be physical. The calls might be a little different, but no matter what, you’re going to get hit, so we can pretty much expect that.”

On last game against Pacific:

“They attempt the most 3-pointers out of any team in our conference and our conference is a 3-point shooting conference. Being on their home floor, they’re going to play well. We’re expecting a good game.”