Nov. 24, 2007
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Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew:
On tonight's game:
"Coming off any holiday any coach is nervous because you've got to get out of that funk. We had some plays, with 16 turnovers, where obviously we had some funk in us, but at the same time, we had a lot of positives tonight. The great thing is that we never gave them a chance to get back in the game, and that's the mark of a great team."
On the team's confidence level:
"We're very confident, but at the same time, we know that we've got to get better every time out. That's the good thing with depth in practice; if you don't play well, you get exposed because you have other players out there that are playing well. That's the best thing that we have this year is the depth, and then the camaraderie and the chemistry, because with each person, if someone's not going hard, they get on them."
On going into the Washington State game at 5-0:
"That's the way you want to go into it. First of all, it's huge from the standpoint of it's the first Big 12/Pac-10 Challenge. Second of all, the Pac-10 has gotten a lot of national publicity about being one of the top two conferences, if not the top conference, so we need to represent the Big 12. We need out fans to really help us out. There's no reason we shouldn't have a sell-out for that game, so please bring family, friends and anyone that you can get a ticket for. Washington State does a very good job of playing fundamentally sound basketball, they don't give you anything easy and they don't turn the ball over. It's one of those teams that makes you earn everything that you get, so we really need the crowd's help in that game."
Baylor guard Henry Dugat:
On the potential for a letdown:
"We played hard before the Virgin Islands, and we knew that we had to carry it over because this wasn't an easy game. We had to go out and take it, and we proved that tonight."
On coming back from the break:
"That was our main focus; we didn't want to come in and have that letdown like most people thought we would. We wanted to come in with the same intensity that we've had the whole year."
Baylor guard Aaron Bruce:
On coming back strong from the break:
"That's was really key for us. Coming off the tournament and coming off of Thanksgiving, teams tend to sort of come out half-asleep or lethargic. We did a good job of combating that. We practiced before we left for Thanksgiving, and our guards were pretty motivated to do well, so that shows that we've matured a lot too."
On how confident the team is after starting 5-0:
"You're only as good as your last game, but we're confident that we've prepared well because we've prepared well in the past. It's back to the drawing board tomorrow because what we did tonight doesn't matter. It's what we do on Friday, and we're looking forward to that challenge because they're a great team. You won't be ranked in the top 10 for no reason, so it'll be a challenge, but we'll fight our guts out too."