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Nebraska Basketball

They Said It: Fred Hoiberg, Husker Players on 91-63 Win Over Doane

October 30, 2019
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It may have only been an exhibition game, but the Huskers started the 2019-20 season with a 91-63 win over Doane. After the game, Coach Fred Hoiberg and a few Nebraska players met with the media.

You can read the transcripts from their time at the podium below.

Coach Fred Hoiberg

On how he felt the game went

“For the first time out in front of the fans, I was pleased for the most part with our approach to this game. I thought we had a great shoot-around today and a good week of practice coming into this. I thought early on we had some jitters. We dug ourselves into an 8-0 hole, then 10-2. Then we calmed down. I thought Cam [Mack] really took over the game offensively and I thought Thorir [Thorbjarnarson] was a difference-maker off the bench. I thought he had some great reads and back cuts. I thought they had a nice little chemistry going on. Kevin Cross I thought had really good first-half minutes for us. We had two guys get into foul trouble early, which had us deviate from our rotation a little bit. But I thought after that initial four-minute stretch at the beginning, the 14 minutes in between in the first half where we limited them to five points, our defense was really good and active. We got our hands on balls, we rebounded it and that got our transition game going. If we can build off that defensively, to see what we can do to create opportunities on the offensive end is very important for this team.”

On if the game was how he envisioned it after the first four minutes

“Yeah, we were much better. I thought our movement was better, both ball movement and player movement. I thought we were standing around a little bit early. Guys were just kind of out there; it looked like they were frozen a little bit, except for Dachon [Burke]. He was running a million miles an hour. But that’s what I love about him, he’s got unbelievable energy. In that second half, he really got it going for us. The thing I didn’t like in the second half is I thought we really just traded baskets with them. We were scoring, but we were giving it back to them on the other end. Rebounding, I thought we did a solid job. We wanted to keep them under 10 on the offensive glass after getting hurt in our scrimmage. Overall, for the most part I was pleased. I thought our pace on the misses and makes in that second half was really good.”

On if it was a sign of growth for the team to respond after being down early in the first half

“Yeah, they were great. They stayed with it. I thought they did a good job. That team had played three games already, so we had a pretty good scouting report on them and I thought they followed it pretty well out there. Again, when you get off to a slow start like you do, you can’t press. You can’t get it all back at once. I thought our guys did a good job of really buckling down on that defensive end. I thought were much more solid. As we went on, we were getting back. I thought we gave them a couple transition baskets early. We got back to our principles, and once we got those stops, that got us out in transition on offense.”

On if he thinks about his grandfather

“I did think of my grandfather when I was walking out when I left the locker room. It was emotional. When I walked out, the coaches had all gone out on the floor and I went out about the three-minute mark, and as soon as I walked out of that locker room I absolutely thought about my grandfather.”

 

Sophomore guard Cam Mack

On if he took the atmosphere during warm-ups

“Definitely. I am trying to enjoy every moment of it. First time in PBA, so it was kind of crazy. Definitely.”

On the reason for the slow start

“Nerves. First game, first exhibition. People came to see us play. We just had to get it out and once we got did, we started rolling.”

 

Junior guard Dachon Burke Jr.

On how it felt to play and play well

“It was good. For the team first, it was good to go out there with my brothers and compete. We had a scrimmage at Wichita State and learned some things and went into practice. Tonight, we played hard. For me personally, though, I was a little nervous the first couple minutes. It was like wow, I haven’t played basketball in a year and a half. You can’t compare it to PBA, so it felt good to get out there and play.”

On what Cam Mack brings to the table

“He brings a lot to the table. He is very versatile, and he can push the ball. He can do a little bit of everything. It is fun playing with him and he gets me going.  I like playing with him.”

 

Junior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson

On how it felt to get back out there

“It felt great. We got off to a slow start, but I think it was just the nerves of not playing in PBA for a long time. Being back out there felt great.”

On the key to the transition game

“We have to rebound, that is the main thing. Even though the other team scores, we have to get it out quick, and we want to run as fast as we can. Rebound and just putting your head down when you get scored on.”

 
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