Jeff Capel met the media after Pitt beat NC State on the street Friday night time. This is the total rundown of what he stated.
Capel: I am actually, actually pleased with my staff. What a tricky effort, to have the ability to go on the street, first recreation within the ACC in opposition to an excellent opponent and to defend the best way that we did, to play with toughness and the togetherness that we had for 40 minutes. I am actually pleased with the hassle that our guys gave.
NC State coming in, they’ve performed the quickest tempo within the league, averaging 83 factors per recreation, 5 three’s per recreation, and I believed our protection was excellent all through. I believed we had been extremely linked, we performed actually exhausting, we made issues troublesome for them and we had been in a position to get some stops, get out in transition and I believed we did a reasonably good job executing as soon as we acquired sturdy. I believed there was a second there within the first half the place we did not play as sturdy as wanted in opposition to their strain. However as soon as we corrected that, I believed we had been in a position to generate some attractiveness.
Jamarius was excellent on each side. Clearly the scoring and large pictures, however I believed he did equally nearly as good a job defensively guarding among the finest guards within the nation in Smith. Our guys took on that problem, and we knew it wasn’t a one-on-one problem; we needed to do it collectively as a gaggle and we did that. I believed Federiko was excellent. For him to should defend a number of ball screens so far-off with how they shoot the basketball in a possession after which come again on offense and set a number of ball screens and rim run and put strain on the rim and the power that he performed with.
Sibande made some enormous pictures for us. They sort of acquired right into a run – nice skip cross and he made a 3 proper in entrance of our bench that prolonged our lead and gave us slightly little bit of a cushion. He sort of stymied their run slightly bit.
So once more, simply actually pleased with our guys. Large time win. We’ve got to maintain making an attempt to get higher.
You talked about – a pair weeks in the past, you talked about how your staff will get in foul bother within the first half and it results in loads of totally different issues on the offensive finish. With Blake getting two fouls in 5 minutes, in your staff to have the ability to nonetheless grasp round after which go to the locker room with a lead, what does that say concerning the development you guys have had within the final couple weeks?
Capel: Nicely once more, I believed our bench guys – Nike, he is a sixth starter for us however he comes off the bench. I believed Jorge gave good minutes. He rebounded effectively, he defended effectively. I believed Nate gave a very good two minutes. And clearly Federiko. That is 4 guys off our bench that got here in, particularly within the first half with Blake in foul bother, Nike performed with two fouls, these guys got here again in and gave us good minutes and had been good in these moments to not choose up a 3rd. I believed it was unimaginable development for us.
Nike had – we have talked about him for the final three or 4 video games; what have you ever seen change in him since VCU that has led him to be in all probability your best backcourt participant within the final 4 or 5 video games?
Capel: You recognize, he is, I feel getting more healthy, I feel trusting his knee extra, however I feel additionally understanding his position on this staff, what we’d like him to do, and him feeling comfy and assured in what’s wanted from him. And I feel he has unbelievable help from his teammates, and that is one thing that is actually large. These guys are so pleased to have him, so pleased with him for what he is gone by means of and the way he is battled again and also you watch performs that he makes and issues that he does, there isn’t any another excited than his teammates.
Talking of roles, one other quiet night time for John, not less than because the stat sheet is worried. Do you assume as time goes on that the numbers will begin piling up as a result of they’ll unfold out and create alternatives for him down low? Or is there one thing you guys must do to get him slightly extra concerned?
Capel: Nicely, he is acquired to play higher. That is the underside line. He has to play higher. There are alternatives which can be there. He is actually, actually vital for us, however he is acquired to play higher.
You guys within the second half had a double-digit lead and twice NC State went on a run, and proper after a timeout or a break, each occasions you bought large pictures. Nelly had the four-point play and Nike with the one you talked about. Are you able to communicate to the significance of your guys stepping up, your veteran guards stepping as much as make these pictures?
Capel: Our guys have loads of confidence. They’ve loads of confidence in themselves, in what we do. They’ve a very good really feel of what we’re in search of, the issues which can be open. They’ve a very good really feel for sharing the basketball, making an attempt to make the fitting play, and we had some guys step up and acquired lucky and made some large powerful pictures. They weren’t afraid of the second – on the street, the gang’s going nuts, they’ve slightly little bit of momentum, and people guys stepped up and made large performs.
Do you’re feeling like Nelly must shoot the basketball extra?
Capel: I feel – man, we simply received. We simply received two street video games. I am not apprehensive about any of that stuff.
Do you’re feeling like your protection pushed them out of their consolation zone? Within the first half, 14 of the 34 pictures by NC State had been from three-point land, and aside from Smith making these fast two firstly of the sport, they solely made another after that.
Capel: Yeah, I simply thought we did an excellent job. I do not know if it compelled them exterior of their consolation zone, however I believed we did a very good job of – we actually wished to attempt to take them off the three-point line, we actually wanted to play, you realize, compete on the basketball for those who’re guarding the ball, as a result of I feel they’ve some excellent one-on-one gamers. Our ball display screen protection, we would have liked to do this. Burns acquired going within the first half and made some large performs. We’ll stay with that. That is contested, it is two-pointers. Contested two-point pictures, that is what we would like groups taking. However I simply thought we fought all through and actually did an excellent job of understanding tendencies.
You talked lots about Smith. Joyner was held to only a single level. How proud are you as a coach to take a look at their main scorer coming into in the present day and not using a discipline objective?
Capel: Yeah, I am pleased with our entire protection for every thing that we did. We competed for 40 minutes. Like I stated, there’s some issues now we have to enhance. Actually defensive rebounding. However to have the ability to come on the street, first ACC recreation for lots of those guys in a hostile surroundings in opposition to an excellent staff and a staff that is averaging 83, to carry them to 60, to carry them to 6 three’s, they had been making 9 a recreation, to show them over 12 occasions, that is a big-time efficiency.
9 of these 12 turnovers had been within the second half; had been there any changes or was it sort of simply reinforcing what you guys deliberate to do coming in?
Capel: It was simply making an attempt to strengthen, correcting some issues, ensuring we had been over slightly bit earlier, our assist protection being slightly bit extra lively. We acquired a really feel for among the issues they had been doing. We had been in a position to get into passing lanes and get some steals. However once more, it is all a credit score to our guys for the way exhausting they performed and competed.