March 11, 2006
ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
BOSTON COLLEGE HEAD COACH AL SKINNER
On general play of his team
On Maryland's pressure in the second half
On preparing for North Carolina with such a quick turnaround
BOSTON COLLEGE JUNIOR JARED DUDLEY
On how different Maryland looked tonight
I just thought our execution coming in here and our mindset, remembering last year when we had a bye against West Virginia and the way we came out, this team is definitely different from last year. You could see it today the way we played, but definitely a lot of unfinished business.
BOSTON COLLEGE SENIOR CRAIG SMITH
On passing the time all day with the late game
On the play in the first half
On playing North Carolina tomorrow
MARYLAND HEAD COACH GARY WILLIAMS
After last night, it was disappointing to come out and play like we did. In other words, it's one thing when a team can take some things away from you because they're good, and B.C. will take some things away from most teams. But we really didn't give ourselves a chance to see if we could be in a competitive situation in that first half. We didn't run our offense very well and we weren't aggressive enough on defense. We've been the last two weeks, I'd say, that type of team. It was disappointing to see that not show up tonight in an important game to us.
I'm proud of the team, though. In coaching you have to be careful not to let one game influence how you think about the year. We battled some things this year that we haven't had to battle in the past at Maryland. We came through it pretty tough. To get to where we're 9-9 in the 18 league games we've played and have the 11th-ranked schedule in the country, we've done some good things this year. I don't want to lose sight of that and I hope the players don't lose sight of that. Right now obviously we're very disappointed with how we've played. I've lost games before obviously and I'll lose some more, but I don't like losing when we don't put our best show out there, so that hurts a little bit.
Do you think you've done enough to get into the NCAA Tournament?
MARYLAND JUNIOR D.J. STRAWBERRY
On Boston College's run to start the game STRAWBERRY: We just didn't come out like we had the past couple of games. We were giving up open looks and they were knocking them down early. When we got down early it gave them confidence. They continued to hit shots throughout the whole game and really didn't let us back in from that point on.
On Maryland's NCAA chances
STRAWBERRY: I'm not sure where we stand, but I know this team has battled through a lot. We've worked hard and put ourselves in a great position to be in consideration for the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully we get in. We've played our hearts out, but ran into a Boston College team that outplayed us tonight. We didn't put our best basketball game together tonight, but hopefully we can still get in.