Coach Rose and players talk after practice about Saturday's game at San Diego

Feb 27, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee on February 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Updated: February 27, 2014 7:08 pm

Coach Dave Rose

On San Diego:
“I think it’s been an interesting series between the two of us. The games have been competitive, and I think the challenge is that they’re a really good defensive team and a great 3-point shooting team. Those are things that have caused us problems and hopefully we’ll be ready for it.”

“Pace will be important. Defensive execution, rebounding the ball, shot selection, our ability to make shots, all those things are important, but if we play at the pace we want to play, it’ll be way different for them. Usually the team at home has an advantage dictating that and hopefully we break through it.”

On recent wins:
“I would say that we have more players playing well. I think we went through stretches through the season where we had guys playing really good basketball, but it was hard to get everybody playing their best, and I think now we have a deep group of guys that are all contributing and playing well, and hopefully that continues.”

On starting lineup:
“I think the group plays well together. I think they give us a pretty good defensive presence and then we get a lot of juice coming off the bench for the offensive and defensive punch.”

On opponents guarding Kyle Collinsworth:
“He’s done a terrific job of trying to handle these really quick, athletic play-making guards and staying in front of them and control penetration. I think his length causes those issues, but I think his athleticism and lateral quickness and his physical nature, he can beat guys to those spots.”

Tyler Haws

On overall mindset on season finale and chemistry:
“We’re trying to get our bodies right and our minds right for what we have to do. This is a great team we’re playing and we got beat down there last year, so we’re just trying to prepare the right way and get ready for them.”

“I think the stakes are high every year, but we’re taking each game one game at a time and all we can focus on is the next one.”

“I think we’ve turned a corner on a few things, but I think one thing we’ve learned this year is just that when you feel like you turned a corner, that’s when you get bit. We can’t relax and all of our guys know that so we’re trying to focus on the next game and stay mentally into it.”

On San Diego’s guards:
“We have to know where the shooters are and they have guys who come off the bench who can shoot the ball, too. I think it’s a similar challenge to what we faced the last couple games; it seems like every team in this league has a shooter so you have to know where they are.”

Anson Winder

On being in the starting lineup:
“It’s an exciting feeling having started these last couple games and helping the team win games, so as of right now, it’s fun and it’s what you’ve dreamed of to start in big college basketball games like that.”

On USD’s guard Johnny Dee:
“I’ll probably start out on Johnny Dee, but we’ll all have a chance to guard him because he moves so well in their offense and throughout the course of the game.”

“I think it was five guys keying on him, whether he’s dribbling the ball up the court or running off a screen, and I think that’s what helped us win last time we played them.”

On San Diego’s confidence after win against Gonzaga:
“It’s a huge win. If you can get a win on Gonzaga, your chances are high in winning most games in the conference. I think they’re going to have a lot of enthusiasm, and they’re going to be excited to play us and that’s what we’re expecting, to get their best game.”

“We’ll come into this game like we come into any other game. Every other game is just as important to win, whether it’s in March or in the beginning of the year. We’re going to come into this game knowing we have to win and we’re going to take it just as seriously as any other game.”