After a 89-52 exhibition win over D-II Illinois Springfield, Chris Collins, Scottie Lindsey and Isiah Brown met with the media.
- On getting back to game action: “Definitely excited to get back out on the floor. At times I thought we got out of character. We’re a work in progress. We got a lot of guys double digit minutes.”
- On Vic Law: “Seeing Vic be able to break through at the end was big...he made his last three shots. He’s so important to us.
- On freshman point guard Isiah Brown: “Isiah’s ability to score the ball is going to be huge for us. He has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. That’s how they call it at the beginning of the year, and we gotta adjust.
- Collins said Pardon’s injury isn’t serious; he just got kneed in the thigh. “That hurts. He tried to come back...and it tightened up. It just wasn’t worth it to get him back out. He should be fine.”
- On Northwestern trying to push the tempo: “It’s something we talked about going into this game. I thought we got a little tired...we got a little bit sloppy. You guys know in the Big Ten, it’s hard to get easy baskets.”
- More on Law: “He really wants to be good. Whenever you miss a year, it’s hard. He knows he’s important to our success. He puts a lot of pressure on himself to be that guy. I thought he settled down in the second half. I thought in the first half he was understandably a little nervous. When you haven’t played, you gotta play out of it.”
- On Gavin Skelly’s play: “Gavin’s the key to what we’re doing. He can score in the post, he can make shots...he can get to the foul line. I’ve been very pleased with where Gavin’s at.”
- On improving over the offseason: “[It was] just coaches challenging me. I’m getting older. I need to be a veteran. [I’m] just trying to be a better teammate overall.”
- On summer trip to Croatia with Skelly: “That trip was so fun. Me and Gavin were already close, but that trip made us really close. The extra games and extra practice helped us.”
- On playing with McIntosh and Brown: “It’s gonna be great because not everyone is focused on [McIntosh]. They gotta focus on me and Isiah, too.”
- On playing in his first game: “[There was] definitely excitement. I don’t think there was any nervousness. [I’m] glad I was able to go out and get that out of the way. [Hitting that first jump shot] just settles you in a little bit. My main focus was to just throw myself into the game.”
- On attacking the basket: “My job is to put pressure on the defense and be in attack mode. We’ve made it a big deal in practice being aggressive and getting to the line. It helps our big guys out getting their big guys in foul trouble.”
- On playing with McIntosh: “He’s been like a big brother to me. On and off the court, he’s telling what to do. It helps me out every single day to have someone to pattern after.”