March 21, 2009



THE MODERATOR:  We'll go ahead and have an opening statement from Coach Ryan and then take questions for the student athletes.
COACH RYAN:  Well, I realize the time, so I'll let the student athletes get their opportunity to answer any and all questions that you might have.  Because they performed so well tonight and stuck in there and hung tough when things weren't going very well.  So I'm very excited for them that they still get to keep playing.
And I'll let you guys ask them whatever you want to ask them.

Q.  Trevon Hughes, this is for you, you and Jordan were guarding Mr. Douglas so actively tonight, and really working hard to defend him and just wondering what it was like for you then to work so hard all that game and then hit that shot at the end and what did that feel like?
TREVON HUGHES:  It was just throughout the whole game I wasn't myself.  I was making bonehead plays and Coach put me in with the ball in my hand at the end, and it meant a lot.  It meant he had trust in me to keep me on the floor and put the ball in my hands.  I owed it to my teammates, I didn't want this to be the last game.  I told myself, Attack, attack.  If I got stopped, look for my shooter J Bo, if he was open, but I got the foul and the one.

Q.  Jason, kind of take us through that deep three that you had back in regulation.  I think the shot clock was winding down and Joe found you.
JASON BOHANNON:  We were working the shot clock looking for a good shot and we ran ball screen and we kicked it back out to Joe and Joe pump faked and made two dribbles.  And I just kept moving, trying to find an open spot and if they found me, great.  If not, if we got a better shot, it was even greater.
But Joe made a great play, pump faking, drawing two defenders and kicking it out to me.  I didn't even realize how far out I was.  I was just catch and shoot and just getting in rhythm.

Q.  Trevon Hughes, talk about what the plan was on that last play and sort of what you saw and how that play developed.
TREVON HUGHES:  Basically come off the screen from my big man, either me or J Bo, and they left me open and they let me get it and they let me make a play.  Basically I got in the lane and did what I had to do and that's get the W.

Q.  Joe and Marcus, talk about the way you guys battled back in the second half after going down 12.
JOE KRABBENHOFT:  We had a good talk in the locker room before Coach came in and then he came in and got us even more fired up to go out there and just give it our all.  It was 20 minutes that was guaranteed to us and nothing after that.  And we said, Hey, let's take advantage of those 20 minutes and on both ends of the floor and every loose ball has got to be ours.  If you got the shot, shoot it.  Knock them down.  Smile, have fun.  Go out there and just have a ball.
And man, we played with such emotion that we really willed ourselves to that victory.  And of course, you have to make shots and these two guys did a great job of doing that.  Other guys did.  But no, it was a lot of heart and desire out there and I'm just proud of    proud to be part of this team.
MARCUS LANDRY:  Well, the whole game it was something that was really sticking to me after the end of my sophomore year after losing to UNLV, I had a coaches meeting with Coach and he told me something that's been sticking with me for a long time, he said:  It's half time, sophomore going into my junior year.  And time goes so fast and it is my fourth quarter here and I'm just trying to make the best of it.
I didn't have the best game, but my teammates really picked us up and we're a team, we play together.  And I just went out there with a desire to grab some rebounds, do something to help this team.  Because my guys, my teammates    I wasn't pleased with my performance in the beginning, but I just stuck it out and tried to get over the hump and just grab some rebounds, do something.  And my teammates really came through.  It was a big battle.  They have a lot of big guys down low, but we fought all the way through.

Q.  Jason, talk about just being able to put some of those shots out of your mind.  I think you had two air balls, but you also came back and drilled about three or four of them in the last ten minutes of the game.  Just a shooter's mentality?
JASON BOHANNON:  Yeah, I didn't really let it bother me at all.  They didn't come off great.  The ones that went in came off good and they felt good.  As a shooter you just got to keep shooting it and hope    you know, it's all feel and my teammates did a great job of finding me in rhythm.  Trevon Hughes found me and Joe did and Jordan had a great one on the baseline too.  Right with him, I went up, and they felt great going up.

Q.  Jason and Marcus, describe in a little bit of detail what the locker room felt like at half time and if anybody said anything particularly memorable?
JASON BOHANNON:  Half time, we didn't play a great half of basketball.  And we came in and we knew we needed to start playing how we know how to play.  Joe was talking to us and told us we got to keep playing, they want to keep playing, it's 0 0 right now.  And Coach came in and said the same thing, he said it's a new half of basketball and it's 0 0.
And that was our mentality, keep working every possession, getting our points every possession and holding them each and every possession.  Because one possession came down to be the difference in the game and that really paid off with that mentality.
MARCUS LANDRY:  In the locker room it was great.  I found myself coming into the locker room thinking about what happened the first half.  But Joe got up and talked and said some things and it really got my spirits lifted.  And he told us, Hey, we got one more half to play, we got 20 minutes of basketball.  It's not over.  And like they said, Coach came and said the same thing, you know, 0 0.  He pointed out some things we needed to do better and we came out and first five minutes we got off to a great start and the way we finished the game was tremendous.

Q.  Joe or Marcus, talk a bit about watching Trevon Hughes make that big play there at the end of the game and sort of stepping up in that situation.
MARCUS LANDRY:  Well, he got the ball and I was trying to find like a little open spot because I kind of figured that my man would go and double him, which he did.  After he turned around and he like kind of did the spin, I saw J Bo, so I was like, Okay, he's getting ready to pass to J Bo.  And I know J Bo is going to put it up, but Trevon Hughes saw a little hole to the basket, drew the contact and it went up.  And all I was thinking was to try to get on the glass and get a tip in if it doesn't go.  But thank God we got the foul and the one and it was a great play.  He was really strong with the ball on that particular play.
JOE KRABBENHOFT:  We have been through so many situations in practice, I'm sure there was 8.3 seconds up there at some point this year and Coach said, Make a play.  And so it's    we do those type of things.  So guys are ready.  Guys know we got to get a shot up, don't settle for a step back jumper like they do in a different league and just get to the rim, make a play.  Players make plays.  Put the ball in Trevon's hand and he did a great job and I knew something good, I just had a good feeling.  I think everybody did.  We were excited we got that ball and Trevon did a great job.
THE MODERATOR:  Okay.  We'll excuse the student athletes and take questions for Coach Ryan.
COACH RYAN:  Actually what Marcus said was he was due.  Trevon was due.

Q.  What did your team do better offensively after half time?
COACH RYAN:  Let's go to    take a look at those shots we had in the first half, how wide open    we were actually surprised that we had that many open looks after either penetration, a kick, a skip pass.  We actually had some pretty good looks.  So it's not    you're not in a panic mode knowing that defensively the guys are committed.
They worked at it, a couple things early, that I'll tell you how ingrained our guys are.  We have been playing ball screens a certain way for the last 10 games, 12 games, because of certain reasons.  But right away on the first couple possessions they got two drives to the rim.  So you noticed I subbed immediately and then had to remind them, Guys    just, you know, habits were formed, we were doing things a certain way, but against these guys we have got to do this, this and this.  And then after that we made it a lot tougher for them to get to the rim.
But offensively for us, I thought we did pretty well.  We didn't turn it over.  Couple shot clock things, but we weren't even trying to run the shot clock down.  We were trying to get good looks.
The guys are actually lying.  I only said one thing.  My motivation at half time was, Jon Leuer, you got to hit a couple shots here in the second half.  Jon was 0 7 in the first half.  So my half time talk didn't do any good at all.  I'm just kidding.  Jon's a good kid.  Jon's going to come out on Sunday and he's going to knock some shots down.  He'll be fine.

Q.  Talk about the six game losing streak and all those close games.  You had so many close losses, did that play?
COACH RYAN:  We had some close wins too.  We had some, if you check those scores as you go down, everybody only wants to look at one side of the ledger.  We won a lot of games five or less points as a differential, which usually means two possessions.

Q.  Did that play a role tonight, the fact that you've been in so many close games?
COACH RYAN:  Absolutely.  But, you know, in the Big 10 you're going to be in a lot of those grinders.  That was a grinder.  Then there's probably going to be more.

Q.  First off, great game, congratulations.  You guys are down by one, nine seconds, eight seconds, you're pushing the ball up the court.  Can you walk me through that last timeout.
COACH RYAN:  Yeah, what we do is there is one left.  So we got it in.  And what I do is I always look right away if there's people in the paint because we're going to push it.  Sometimes teams get ahead or they relax and they spread out defensively.  But the way that they got back, Florida State got back, it was okay, timeout.  Then we'll have to run a half court play.  In transition if they're not in position we attack and then I'm the one calling the timeout.  They know our rules.
And so, you know, J Bo waited until    or somebody, after the timeout was called, and then he shot it again.  He did the same thing at Ohio State a couple years ago.  I think it went in  both times.  He just wanted to practice.

Q.  Talk about what you wanted to do with that last play.
COACH RYAN:  Oh, that was the mindset on the timeout.  Now, we got to play again.  It could be somebody from Xavier again.  I can't    I can't tell you everything.  But every coach knows and every player knows when he's out there on the floor, somebody's going to make a play.  If you have two guys out there that can make a play, J Bo got the ball in his hands and made the great pass out to Jordan Taylor, who was wide open.  That shot almost went down and then we don't even have to worry about the overtime.
But we have some guys that are capable of making plays and we either go flat, we either go cross screens, we either    there's a rub screen at the top, depending upon what we have seen in the scouting report what other teams do, and then they might change up.  So then there's what we have in our mind to do, Okay, if they don't do that, here's the counter.  And we do situations; five seconds on the clock, eight, ten, two seconds.  You didn't hear about Devon Harris telling everybody that's why he made that shot that game?  Because we practiced those last second situation, you probably didn't catch that.

Q.  Talk about what Keaton gave you tonight .
COACH RYAN:  He drew a charge.  The guys were carrying him around on their shoulders in the locker room.  You know how long we have been trying to get Keaton to take a charge?  One of the coaches took him in the training room and had him fall backwards, keep practicing falling backward on a mat.  He never took a charge in high school.  Never took a charge.  You can't play here and not take a charge, not for me.
He was tough.  Knocked down some shots.  Got some confidence going.  I think he was even talking to himself when he went down the court a couple times.  Did you see the lips moving?  He wasn't trash talking, that's Keaton getting himself going.  We knew we had him ready then.

Q.  What did you do differently in the second half defensively to slow them down?  Because they were on fire in the first half.
COACH RYAN:  You know, to keep emphasizing about Douglas, to contain him, we stopped giving up the easy ones around the rim.  The one put back where the guy got the follow up, dunked it, pulled himself up and smacked the back board, they got a lot of momentum right after that happened and we had to cut into that.  That's when they kind of separated.
So what we did was we tried not to let them get any of those kind of plays that motivates the other team to play even harder and do even better and fire them up.  So I thought we did a good job in not giving them any of those opportunities.

Q.  There was talk about being aggressive offensively, but on defense I know Douglas had five turnovers, you guys scored 24 points off turnovers.  Can you talk about just that mentality of the defense, how well that worked for you tonight?
COACH RYAN:  We didn't just come into this game and say, Okay, let's be aggressive.  You have to understand that.  Are you from    have you seen us play?

Q.  I know about you.
COACH RYAN:  Okay.  So we're trying not to give up easy stuff.  It might look like it some games, but we're trying not to.  But the fact that we turned it over only nine times against a very athletic team like that and the way they were denying the ball and Douglas, Douglas is so tough defensively on Hughes he really kind of took Trevon Hughes out of a lot of things.  And fortunately at the end he had at least one good one in him as far as finishing around the rim.
But defensively that's how we    we do try to play that way all the time.  Helps when the ball goes in at the other end for us too.  So 50 percent in the second half, 60 percent in overtime, that makes a difference.

Q.  Trevon Hughes mentioned that he wasn't too impressed with how he played tonight, but I noticed he still had 39 minutes, of course.  Talk about how important it is for him to be on the court and to lead the team.
COACH RYAN:  Well, because he has the experience.  He's been in these situations.  And I've never had a young man play for me that didn't get better, that didn't make himself better.  Not talking about me, as the only motivator, but trying to give direction, and Trevon Hughes at times has struggled getting a lot of attention from the other team, maybe forcing something here or there.  But if I didn't think he could play, would he have played 39 minutes?  No.  So we still believe in him.  But we still have to keep teaching.  I call it that.  I don't know what they call it.

Q.  I was noticing in the second half things were getting pretty physical between Joe and 32, Alabi, forearms and things like that down the court.
COACH RYAN:  Was there?

Q.  How do you keep your team from not losing their cool and staying plugged into the game situation like that?
COACH RYAN:  We're always talking to them about how that will hurt your team.  How it doesn't help.  How it    I mean, you can't get pushed around.  Physically you have to stand your ground, move your feet.  But if you're worried more about trying to bump somebody here or getting a shot in there or whatever, then you're not playing basketball.
It's like I've always said about on the playground, when guys start wolfing, and something breaks out, my theory was, I always went after the guy that was talking the most when we had to go after.  In baseball, guys go after the guy that was talking the most.  You're usually safer.  So if there was talk going, I don't know.  They were playing.  I didn't see anything.  Maybe you had a better seat than I did.
THE MODERATOR:  All right.  Thank you, Coach.
COACH RYAN:  You bet.
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March 20, 2009
Wisconsin - 61
Florida State - 59

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THE MODERATOR:  We'll go ahead and have an opening statement from Coach Hamilton and then take questions for the student athletes.
COACH HAMILTON:  I thought we got beat by a team tonight that stuck with their game plan for 40 minutes on the offensive end.  They did a very good job of executing when the game was on the line.  I thought that their experience showed.  They got    we lost a couple of their shooters on some baseline cuts and lost our defensive discipline.  We have been accustomed to getting the stops we had to have all year long and tonight we just came up a little short.
You got to give Wisconsin credit.  I thought they did a much better job executing what they wanted to do offensively than we did our defensive schemes that we have been accustomed to executing so well all year long.
THE MODERATOR:  Questions for the student athletes.

Q.  For Toney, can you talk about, it looks like you had to work hard for those 26 points tonight.  Just talk about them, going out there and grinding and how hard it was to get those 26 points tonight and score.
TONEY DOUGLAS:  I don't really think it was hard.  I just pick and choose how the defense was playing me.  We missed some shots.  During the game I started hitting a couple.  My teammates started hitting a couple and I just went from there.

Q.  Toney, talk a little about tonight what Wisconsin was able to do in the first eight minutes or so they held you without a shot.  What were they doing to keep you from getting some open looks?
TONEY DOUGLAS:  Honestly, that was the    I don't think they did nothing like that, to tell you the truth.  I was just getting my teammates involved.  But at the end of the day, I'm going to do what have I to do.  So that    there you go.

Q.  Your view of that last defensive situation where Hughes kind of hit the spin around.  Were you surprised that he put the shot up?  Were you expecting him to pass it off?
TONEY DOUGLAS:  Yeah, that was a tough shot he made.  He was kind of off balance and the ref said I fouled him, but which I don't know how, but he called the foul.  And that's what happened.

Q.  Chris, what was Wisconsin doing to kind of neutralize the rest of the team?  You're the only other guy on the group other than Toney that had double digits.  What do you think they were doing overall defensively to kind of keep everybody else at bay?
CHRIS SINGLETON:  They focused all their attention on Toney and then we just missed a couple shots.  I think that we had good looks, everybody had good looks, and we just missed a couple shots.  They didn't do anything special.
THE MODERATOR:  All right, thank you, guys.  We'll excuse the student athletes and take questions for Coach Hamilton.

Q.  Solomon barely played in the second half.  Was it just matchups or what was that about?
COACH HAMILTON:  Yes, more than anything else it was matchups.  We felt that they went real small and they made it difficult for us to matchup with them with their kind of a small forward type player that he had to defend that were shooting threes.  Obviously he was matched up with Landry and Landry, I think, shoots something close to 37, 38 percent from 3 point range.  They had four or five guys shooting between 36 and 40 percent from 3 point range.  They were 1 10 in the first half with those shots and they started hitting them in the second half.  And we thought that we would probably be better off with guys who could defend them a little better from the perimeter.  We knew going into the game that that would probably be the challenge for us.
We felt very fortunate the first half that they did not hit those shots as well as they have been hitting them all year.  The second half I thought they did a much better job of connecting those shots and I think it probably made a big difference in the game.

Q.  In the first half you had pretty even shot distribution, a lot of guys involved with the offense.  In the second half it was mostly Toney, but really, just three guys getting shots in the second half in the overtime.  Is that something that Wisconsin took away from you or was that just the way your offense flowed?
COACH HAMILTON:  Well, all year long we have been    we have always had different guys step up and contribute.  Tonight Uche got in foul trouble, he had two good looks and they didn't go down.  Derwin Kitchen missed I think one wide open three and four point blank layups.  Luke Loucks missed a 2 point blank layup.  Deividas Dulkys, all his jump shots were wide open, they just didn't go in.  We had good looks, unfortunately they just didn't fall for us tonight.  And you have some of those nights where your looks just are not falling.
Not having Solomon on the floor and they kind of dictated that, we probably could have gone and played some zone defense, but we decided not to because they're such a good perimeter shooting team.  I'm not real sure it's as much what we didn't do as I just think that Wisconsin did a very good job of executing and making shots that we had on the other end that didn't go down.
Bohannon, I think went along the baseline there and three times and well, twice, and hit wide    he hit jump shots where he just did a great job of sprinting along the baseline, catching it, and knocking down a tough three.  A lot of guys have difficulty doing that going full speed off a baseline screen, catching it, turning and facing and knocking it down.
And the other three that he hit it was fairly well contested.  But that's what an experienced player will do.  And we couldn't, we didn't duplicate that on the other end.
But at the end of the day we still have a 3 point lead, with less then a minute and something to go and that's where I thought that we lost our defensive discipline.  We    I would like to have us stay solid and not gamble and given them an opportunity to at least take a shot that was contested.  We lost our discipline, they made a layup, and it's a one point game now.  And then we got the rebound Deividas coming down the floor and he lost his balance and stepped out of bounds.  It's one of those games where we had a couple too many mistakes there towards the end in order to be the team that's executing and making the right plays when the game was on the line.  You have to give them credit for that.

Q.  Is there a stat from this game that really stands out in your eyes?  Is there a stat that you normally look to see how your team does?  Is there one stat that you rely on?
COACH HAMILTON:  Well, we very seldom allow people to go 7 14 from 3 point range.  Our defense has normally been pretty good in those situations and we normally been able to get the stops.  When we have had to have stops our defense has been well built enough    and I think we're 7th in the country in field goal percentage defense.  So that's why I said to their credit they did a very good job of executing.
And I think that we gave pretty good effort, but I think their execution and their experience in those situations of knocking the shots down was a little bit sharper than our defense was tonight.

Q.  Can you just talk about what you think Toney's legacy is going to be at Florida State?
COACH HAMILTON:  Well, I think most people will look back and see that he was first team all conference and the defensive Player of the Year and was just about unanimous, two points short from, two votes short of being unanimous all conference.  And probably runner up to Player of the Year.  And he was instrumental in having one of the best seasons that they have had in the history of the school, going 25 10 and playing for ACC in the championship game.  I think all those things will be things that people will remember.
But what I will remember most is those mornings that I would come to work 7:30, 8 o'clock and Toney would have already gotten 500 shots up in the gym.  And I would leave in the evening 7, 8 o'clock at night and he would be out there running lines in the gym by himself, working on his conditioning.  And his dedication to working and getting in the weight room and always had a bottle of water that he was carrying around to keep himself hydrated, always working on his flexibility trying to make sure that his muscles were flexible enough.
And then the thing that though will stand out even to a tremendous extent is his, he, along with Uche and Brian's ability to find ways to communicate with the players when he was the leading scorer and they like him following his lead, listen to what he had to say, and gave him the direction, because of the experience that he's gone through.
Each night before every game we have a scouting report meeting and we go over our game plan and then he go back to the dorm and have another meeting with his team at 11 o'clock each night and they would meet again under his direction and talk about what players talk about and how they would try to get ready for a game.
But those things I think about are how I like his character and the unselfish spirit.  And one of the reporters asked him why didn't he take a shot earlier, well Toney really, there are times in some of the biggest games we have had where he would take very few shots in the first 10 or minutes or very few shots in the beginning of the second half, he always tried to get his teammates involved.  And he would step up when he had to, realizing that he couldn't win all the games by himself.
We're young, we have six first year players we're depending on that need his leadership and guidance.  So that's what the legacy that I will remember that I think that will, in my opinion, be as good, equal to the statistical achievements that he displayed.

Q.  With so many young players heavy in the rotation for you guys, just looking forward, what, how strong do you feel this group is going to be now that they have had this experience with the success they have had this experience at the NCAA tournament and you've got a lot of guys with a lot of tall he went that have a lot of years ahead of them?
COACH HAMILTON:  Well I feel very good about the future of our program.  I think that each and everyone of them have made tremendous progress.  Chris was    I mean he's capable of a double figure night, had 15 against Duke.  Solomon I think will be just as effective as the minutes he plays, he's got to get a little stronger so he can become a little more physical.  And he's a long, lean, slim youngster that has a little difficulty holding his position down low because he has such a high center of gravity.  But I think he'll get 10 or 15 pounds heavier and with his shooting touch and the way he runs and jumps I think he's going to get much better.
I expect    I think Xavier Gibson could potentially be one of the best players that we've had at Florida State.  I love Deividas Dulkys and his attitude and competitive spirit.  I think's great shooter but he was a little inconsistent this year.  Luke Loucks, tremendous ball handler, passer, gives a great chemistry.  Jordan DeMercy, great athlete, that gives us great defensive presence.
I just think that the future's very bright for our program I think we had a great recruiting year, I expect some of those guys to come in and make equal to the same kind of contribution that these guys made coming into this year.  A lot happens between your freshman and sophomore year.  These teams, they have, um, they, more than anything else I think they have gotten a taste of the leadership that you got to have and then the chemistry that needs to exist on a team in order for it to be successful.
So I think they, I think they will return and keep things moving in the right direction.  I feel very good about the potential of this team.  I'm excited about working with them and I think that and I mean it tonight in our meeting tonight with our coaches, um, they told the players how much fun it was to coach them.  And sometimes, you know, when you trying to demand the most out of your players, and sometimes that's all, that's not always easy to do, to have harmony and camaraderie when you're trying to get them to push themselves out of their comfort zone to in order to improve.
But we had really a lot of fun with these guys and they accepted the coaching, they worked hard and without a whole lot of issues, so I'm expecting to have another great year equal to this year next year.

Q.  Coming into next year with so many guys, do you expect to see an alpha scorer like you had with Toney or do you see a more even distribution like you're seeing underneath him right now, or do you think you're going to need that one guy like you had with Toney to score?
COACH HAMILTON:  I think most teams that, that are successful normally have even distributors on the offensive end.  I expect us to have four or five guys averaging double figures next year.  Similar to the teams I've had, I had at Miami.  I think those type of teams are much more difficult to prepare for than those teams that maybe have that one guy.
Toney was just so talented that even though they knew he was the one guy that would step up, people had a very difficult time stopping him.  I don't know whether we're going to have these guys as sophomores step up to where Toney was as a senior, and he's a fifth year senior, so he had been around awhile.
But I do feel that we'll have guys that are capable of having big games.  And I think that I'm encouraged by the potential that they have.  I think they understand this bunch will work as hard as they have to work to improve and we'll have areas that we suggested.  So I'm encouraged by that.
But I think we'll be a team with, that you really won't know who is going to have a big night.  I do think we have guys that are capable of having big nights.
THE MODERATOR:  All right.  Thank you, coach.