Jan. 20, 2007
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
GW Coach Karl Hobbs
Was this the best game the team has played this year?
Are you concerned about starting so many games slowly?
Are you pleased with your current eight-player rotation?
On defending De'Angelo Alexander
GW senior F Dokun Akingbade
What was your strategy with Charlotte after last year's close game?
How do you feel about having these performances as a senior?
GW freshman G Damian Hollis
How is the transition going between high school and college basketball?
Charlotte Coach Bobby Lutz
"It was a very good basketball game. We're obviously pleased with the first half, with the only real mistake being that we gave up a few too many transition baskets. In the second half, we really struggled to guard. No matter what defense we were in, they managed to score very effectively. At the end of the game, we were struggling to rebound. A lot of guys had played a lot of minutes, and had probably worn down a little bit."
"GW's guards are terrific. They understand what they have to do and play very well doing whatever Coach Hobbs wants them to do."
After last year's game, did you treat today's game any differently?
"We want to win every game. We can't get to high or low in how we approach a game. We want to have the same focus. To the fans or the media, maybe one game is bigger than another. But at the end of the year, each one counts the same. Sure, we talked about playing with poise and that the students would be saying a lot of things. But I thought we handled it very well. And we have tremendous respect for their program. They were undefeated in the league last year, and are always well-coached. But we didn't spend much time talking about anything different than we normally do."
Is there a rivalry developing between Charlotte and GW?
"In some ways, yes. We've played them eight times since I've been here, and playing them twice a year helps. But we need to win some of them if you want it to be a rivalry. That's what makes it a great competition. They've done their part. We just need to do the same."