What they said about the weekend in hoops

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An occasional feature where we compile quotes from the weekend’s meaningful games. Read on and enjoy.

“It’s better to win on the road, especially in hostile environments against a Top 10 team. You shut the crowd up.”

– Tennessee’s Cameron Tatum on the Vols’ 83-78 road win at No. 3 Pitt.

“My assistant said we had four freshmen in and an walk-on — that’s not a good mix to come into this situation.”

— Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus, lamenting his team’s 84-47 loss to No. 1 Duke.

“The future can be this year.”

— Louisville coach Rick Pitino, whose team improved to 8-0 after a 77-69 win against No. 20 UNLV. Pitino said before the season that the 2010-11 season might be a “bridge” to next year.

“We were awful. Let that be your headlines.”

— Kansas coach Bill Self. His Jayhawks improved to 9-0 for the second straight year after a 76-55 win.

“Villanova is the gold standard of the Big 5 right now and you only play them once a year. We don’t get them again. It’s a one-time shot against the 12th-ranked team in the country and, frankly, I feel like we blew it.

— La Salle coach John Giannini, after an 84-81 loss to the Wildcats.

“My opening statement will sound a little strange for a team that is somewhere in the top 50. I thought we played awfully well.”

— Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who watched his Spartans beat Oakland (Mich.) 77-76..

“That’s a good sign. That means we can play poorly offensively and still win.”

— Kentucky coach John Calipari on his team’s 36-percent shooting performance during an 81-62 win over Indiana.

“I tried to make a play. But time was running out. I looked up and there was a second and a half left. If I passed it, my teammate wouldn’t have got off a shot.”

Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas had six turnovers and his last-second 3-pointer blocked during a 63-62 loss to Texas A&M.

“They were stuck on 25 there for a long time.”

— Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber. The Gophers kept Eastern Kentucky scoreless during a 17-minute stretch of their 71-58 win.

“It’s been a tough year. We haven’t had a game like this. I’m happy to get one of them.”

— Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. The No. 8 Orange beat Colgate 100-43.

“I’m embarrassed for my school, I’m embarrassed for our fans, I’m embarrassed for anyone who’s ever worn the Wake Forest jersey.”
— Wake forest coach Jeff Bzdelik, whose team dropped to 4-4 after a loss to UNC-Wilmington.

“I knew things changed when I walked to the game and I saw somebody out with a sign, ‘I need tickets. I knew we were doing something special here. We’re enjoying this ride and it’s going to be a good one.”

— San Diego State’s D.J. Gay, on the sudden fan interest in SDSU. The Aztecs are 10-0 for the first time in school history.

“My game has never been just to go out there and score 30 points, just score, score, score … But if I feel like I can score at times when we need a bucket.”

— North Carolina guard Larry Drew II on his season-high 13 points in a 96-91 win over Long Beach State.

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