Clemson vs Wake Forest: Post-game press conference and notes

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AUDIO: Brad Brownell post-game press conference (WMA Format)

Overall Thoughts:

“This was just a blue-collar win, that’s the best way I can describe it.

“I thought our team, we were pretty aggressive, maybe not early but
shortly there after. I thought we could have played a little better
offensively. We missed a couple lay-ups in the first half and had a few
too many turnovers, being a little careless and playing a little faster
than we needed to. All in all, though, I thought our guys played the game
the right way and forced Wake (Forest) out of doing some of the things
that they like doing. We played some one-on-one stuff and I thought our
defense was pretty good.”

“[Wake] did show some signs of guys being able to make individual plays in
the second half.”

Defense on McKie- didn’t score until 9:11 in the Second Half:

“It wasn’t anything in particular, I thought our guys just locked in. He
plays the four spot for them in a three-man’s body and I thought Devin had
him early and did good things defensively with him. Tanner got a turn on
him for a while and did some things with him, and so did Brian. We kept
some fresh people on him and I thought some of our pressure bothered him a
little bit. We didn’t allow him to get into a flow, but he is a talented

On Demontez Stitt:

“He had a very good game; I thought he was very unselfish in this game.
In games like this when you are able to get a 12 or 14 point lead, players
who play a lot will sometimes take some ill-advised shots just to get some
extra points. But I thought tonight he was very unselfish; he passed up
some shots and he was really looking to get other guys the ball. I don’t
think he had a lot of assists but I think he had a lot of extra passes and
plays. I thought he played a really sound game all around.”

On the difficulty of having his players buy into his defensive concept:

“It was hard because you’re not only teaching defense, but you’re teaching
offense and defense. It’s not like I’m just the defensive coordinator, so
when they come to me I’m not just talking to them about defense, I’m
talking about movement offense, zone-offense, man-offense, and out of
bounds plays. I’m teaching so many different things. I think they
understood that I wanted them to play hard on defense, but we were also
talking about different stuff. The media was kind of preoccupied with
motion offense so I was the one that was pointing out that if you look at
how I manage this team, and my teams in the past, I try and coach hard on

AUDIO: Demontez Stitt post-game press conference (WMA Format)

Overall Thoughts:

“We missed a lot of lay-ups. There’s nothing else I can do, as a coach,
except get them to the rim. We just missed a lot of lay-ups. We’re so
young that it’s different in practice. We can’t simulate length and
athleticism in practice, and it’s different than in high school. Do we
need to get stronger? Yes. Do we need to get more mature? Yes. We’re a
team loaded with zero experience. We got the ball to the rim, we just
couldn’t make it. We competed, we battled, but we just couldn’t score
enough. It’s hard to put pressure on people when you’re not scoring.”

On Second Half Scoring:

”They were pressuring us so much; the best thing to do was spread the ball
and drive through the pressure. We were able to do that, we just couldn’t
score. We didn’t make great decisions either. It’s different for us than
it is for Clemson. They have one freshman who’s averaging two points per
game and is only shooting 24% from three. Half of my scholarship players
are freshmen, so you can see where it’s different. It’s not an excuse,
it’s just how it is.”

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