Postgame Quotes: UMass 103, AIC 66
Nov. 1, 2007
Coach Travis Ford on the First Half: In the first half, I was not happy with our intensity at all. With the style of play that we want to play we can't be passive by any stretch of imagination. We can't let making 3-point shots or not making 3-point shots determines how hard we play, and I thought we did that in the first half. We had Max Groebe come in and make a couple of shots that got us going.
Ford on Personnel: I wanted to play everybody, but Saturday I am not going to do it. I am going to stick with some rotations and see what looks good. I didn't get a good look at guys playing together, because I was shuffling to many guys in and out.
Ford on the upcoming season: We had a team meeting last night and I told them we weren't ready for today, but I have really enjoyed working with them, it has been fun, the style of play has been fun, its been exciting, but we just have to keep plugging at it and be humble achievers. We can win some games, we have some talented basketball players. We just have to keep grasping at what we want. Right now we are about 50/50.
Gary Forbes on the Exhibition Game: This game helped us to get the rust off. We are still practicing against each other, so this is our first opponent. We are still trying to get to know the system at a new pace from last season.
Forbes on Team Strategy: We thrive on shooting a bunch of threes. To do that, we have to move the ball around to get open shots. In the second half we were able to move the ball around and create open shots. We have a tough conditioning regimen to play the way we want to play. We want to play hard for 40 minutes up and down. Last year we were kind of methodical in the way we played. This year we are thriving on shooting 25-30 threes a game and we have to get the ball up and down the court.
Max Groebe on Shooting: I feel comfortable shooting right now and I am just trying to have fun out there. Coach Ford just told me to be loose and play hard.
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