UT Arlington 81 at No. 25 Creighton 90
Monday, December 18, 2017 • Omaha, Neb.
UTA Head Coach Scott Cross
“I was happy with the way we played in the second half. We could have easily rolled over and quit. The first half could have broken our will. Being down 20 puts you in a bad spot going into halftime. I’m glad our guys kept our fight and made it a close ballgame at the end. Honestly, Creighton is the best team I’ve seen in a long, long time. The speed that they play with is absolutely amazing. The way they pass the ball. The way they run in transition. I don’t think I’ve played a team that is better in transition. They shoot the ball. They execute. They are way tougher defensively than I was expecting. They are one of the best basketball teams I think I’ve ever faced. I put them up there with Memphis with Derrick Rose. Kyle Korver’s team, here at Creighton, that we played when I was an assistant coach. Some of those Texas teams that were really, really good. They are up there. There is no question in my mind that they are a legit top 25 team, without a doubt. They can make a run in the NCAA Tournament, the way they are playing.
“We needed to take care of the basketball, hopefully limit it to 10 turnovers or less. We are a high turnover team, for the most part. Don’t take bad shots. Turning it over 10 times in the first half, there was nothing we could do with the style they play. I felt like in the halfcourt, we could defend them. I felt like we did a decent job in the halfcourt, even in the first half. They were so fast in transition, there was literally nothing we could do. I envy the way they play. That’s the way I’d love our guys to play in transition. It is absolutely amazing. We will clip out a lot of stuff and show it to our guys. They are a very, very unselfish, connected basketball team. There are no agendas and all they care about is winning. I was highly impressed with them.”
UTA Guard Kaelon Wilson
“We didn’t turn the ball over as much in the second half and we held them to a lot of one-shot possessions. We were more together in the second half than the first. We have some work to do to make sure we put a complete game together. Blocking out, rebounding and taking care of the ball were the keys to the second half. Creighton is the best team we’ve played this year. They are fast. They make things tough, they execute and they play together. They might be the best team we play all year. Playing against good times like that help prepare us for conference. If we can make it competitive against them, the sky is the limit.”
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