Ben Braun Media Luncheon Quotes

Nov. 27, 2000

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    Ben Braun:
    On having the earliest start to a season in school season ~
    'We're glad that we had the opportunity to open up with two quality teams. That was good for us, it really provided an early indicator for our team. I think we saw some areas that we were pleased with and some areas that we need to improve on. Its given us a lot of practices over the two weeks that were directed in some of those areas and having not played those games, we would've found out later than we would have liked.'

    On how the team played the first two games ~
    'I thought we played hard. I didn't question our work ethic, our effort at all. I was pleased with our effort. I don't think we could have asked our team to play harder, I just think that our attention to detail, our focus are always areas of concern to me. First things first, you want to get the effort. Effort will make up for a lot of things. You may not technically do things right, but if you have the effort, you can overcome a lot of things.'

    On this week's opponent, Saint Louis ~
    'I watched them play a couple of games and there kid from Chicago (Marque Perry) is pretty tough, their point guard, I like him. I saw him in high school, I think he's a very good player. He can get in the seams of your defense and can really hurt you there. He's a tough player.'

    'They're going to try to get into their big guys inside. They really do a good job with that. They've got some quickness defensively. They try to get out on you a little bit. Pressure you out on the ball. Deny the wings. They play solid, tough defense. They'll run when it's there. Their guards want to run, but it looks like their post guys maybe don't. I don't think their post guys are going to beat you in the transition, but their guards can certainly run. Their guards are very capable of running, so if their big guys are rebounding, they can outlet to their guards, they'll definitely run. But its their perimeter guys you have to be concerned with more so than the post guys getting on the block. Their post guys though are very skilled. They all have the ability to step out on the floor and knock down shots which is something that concerns me. We've played two teams so far that had big guys inside and we knew that, but these guys can step out, they're not afraid to knock down shots. So it stretches out our defense a little bit and makes our post guys a little more vulnerable. They've got to really play good defense, move their feet.'

    On the team being rusty after a two-week layoff ~
    'When you don't play a game for a stretch, there's always an adjustment to be back in a game scenario. Practice and games are never quite the same.'

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