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Jan. 28, 2014

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Georgetown University Head Basketball Coach John Thompson III

On Georgetown getting to the foul line more frequently...

That's something we have to, on top of other things, go back and evaluate. Some teams we've had some years, we don't get to the line because we take a lot of three's. This year's team, that's not the case, we're getting the ball into the paint, we're getting penetration, getting drives, we're getting the ball down low, fouls aren't being called. I'm not saying we're being fouled and they're not being called, but if you look at that stat right away, we shoot nine foul shots, they shoot 28, same as we shot last game, so we have to figure out how to get fouled.

On outscoring Villanova in the paint...

That's kind of related to the first question. We're getting into the paint. All year the things we've done are designed to get penetration, to get drives, to get the ball into the paint, so consistently we've been getting the ball into the paint, but we just have to figure out how to get to the foul line.

On Georgetown

We're in a hole right now. One thing we don't have to worry about is that the kids competed, they're going to compete, they played hard. This group is going to stay together, we're going to look under every rock and we're going to try to figure it out, because we're going to get out of this whole. I don't have all the answers now, but collectively we're going to figure out how to get out of this hole.

On Georgetown's trouble scoring late in games...

I think this game was different. I just told the kids this, for the most part I don't remember every possession, but we got open shots for the people we wanted to get open shots for and this is one of the days that they didn't go in. D'Vauntes got a shot, Markel had a shot, Reggie had a shot, go into the corner and we got a drive, we got a foul called on Markel. We got the looks for the people we wanted for the most part, open looks, but the ball didn't go into the basket. On some of the penetration, Jabril goes in there, Mikael gets an offensive rebound. Was he hit? I don't know.

On coaching against Jay Wright...

They play the ball hard. I don't want to say over help, but they really play the basket line aggressively. They leave skips open, they've done that for years, they almost invite you to throw those passes, so we did. Like I said, the shots didn't go in that we wanted to. On penetration, they all converge in the lane, so the kick-outs, you have to look for them when you play (Villanova), which I thought our guys, for the most part, did a decent job of doing.

On adjusting to the new rules, especially in BIG EAST play...

I don't think it's that hard. The thing is every game seems to be called differently. One can say opposite ends of the court can be called differently, but that's an adjustment, that comes with the game. That's not a major thing right now. I don't think our guys are over-fouling. We have to get to the line more. In a game like this, when we are getting to the paint, we have to find a way to get to the line more than nine times.

On Jabril Trawick coming back and losing Moses for one game...

We found out this morning about Jabril and we found out this evening about Moses. Jabril hasn't done anything since he got hurt against Providence. He literally hasn't done anything except some conditioning, so he's far from being 100-percent, he's got to get his game legs back. Having him back out there gives us some much needed depth on the perimeter. His presence is important, so we threw him out there a little bit today. We didn't want to totally immerse him.

On managing the morale of his team...

We'll see. We haven't been in this situation too often. Don't plan on being in it too long. This is how I'm interpreting this question: Are you guys going to get down? Are your heads going to drop? Are you going to start feeling sorry for yourselves? Are you going to stop competing? That's not them...I think the group understands who we are. I think we're a different team now than we anticipated coming into the year. We're a different team now than we were the first half of this year. With all that being said, I'm not saying this group is not going to lose confidence, but this group is not going to lose faith in each other...

On his knowledge of Moses Ayegba's status ...

I did not have an inkling until, I think it was 2:15 (p.m.) today, and didn't know for sure until 6:05 (p.m.), so no.

Georgetown senior guard Markel Starks

On playing with different personnel all year...

We've just got to go out and play.

On scoring his 1,000th career point...

It means a lot. I have been wanting to come here my entire life so to be inducted into that club means a lot. I didn't know that, but thank you for letting me know.

On team's confidence...

We are still a confident team. We just have to get better.

Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright

"That was old-school Big East man, that was fun. That was tough, it was physical - I thought Georgetown's defense was great we had sixteen turnovers - we haven't done that - we've been pretty good taking care of the basketball but I just thought they played great defense tonight and I thought we did too. In the first half our press was good but they solved that and then in the second half I thought that our defensive rebounding pulled us through. Obviously Tosh hit a huge shot and Danny made a big time play on that drive but that was a good win against a very tough team."

On how it seemed like neither team could get a run if they wanted to because of all the turnovers and fouls...

"Right because both teams are just so physical and so tough and that game was played within the new rules and I think both of us are learning how to play that way but I think the turnovers, like I said, their length and physicality defensively caused turnovers and no one else has done it like that to us. I thought at the end stretch we played really good defense and sometimes you have to win that way."

On the defensive chess match between him and Coach Thompson III...

"We've played against each other (our teams) for a long time and they really run great stuff offensively they really pick mismatches and exploit - they got a skip pass to Cameron and I thought Ryan Arcidiacono did a good job of helping and getting back to him so yeah that's what good teams do."

On Tosh's big 3-point shot being the biggest shot of the game...

"He's got onions as Raf says and everyone on our team knows that and he's got incredible range and I know that it looks crazy but he makes those a lot and he's hit so many shots for us and he had a good one right at the end too in the corner that he missed but everyone on the team was yelling when he took it - they have great confidence in him."

On coming off a loss and winning two straight - what it tells him about his team...

"It does I think they really have great character and mental toughness they really do. There's a lot of challenges when you win a couple games and things are going good and then you get smacked in the face and you get knocked down how you respond is important. Since that game we've been on the road for two games against what I consider two very good teams and we haven't been pretty in either one of them but we've found a way and I think it's the resiliency, I think it's the leadership - James Bell, Tony Chennault, Ryan Arcidiacono - and we can handle some tough situations, the Market situation was tough, this game was tough, I just love the resolve."

Do you think the resiliency also the reason you've been able to go 5-0 on the road?

"Yeah it's hard - playing on the road is hard you know you can look at every conference you know all the good teams go on the road and no matter how good they are they get beat and we know we can get beat but as long as we battle till the end and - like Bell got a great look in the corner we thought that was it, Georgetown got it, another look, and they do a great job at getting 3-point shots probably as good as anybody, and we contested every shot, we rebounded it and it's not letting that missed shot affect their defense, it's maturity, and he - Bell - leads us in that area."

On whether or not it is impressive to him that they (Villanova) can win games different ways...

"It is. Tonight I thought our inside game was working pretty well we just weren't making threes but Georgetown is the number one three-point defensive field goal percentage team in the conference so we weren't making threes - I thought Daniel and Jay'Vaughn were playing well off each other - you look at some of the big plays at the end - that play Daniel made - we were going to go to him if they weren't shooting a free-throw because of his decision-making so the ability to make some plays from the inside and from the perimeter is really valuable and I do like that about our team."

On whether or not he thinks Georgetown's team is fundamentally different from last year because of their current five-game losing streak...

"Well they're missing two starters I mean in this league, they're in every game I mean the Marquette game here - we played Marquette so you watch that film so you're watching that game and going how do they lose this, they're right there. It's such a fine line between winning and losing and not having two starters and being in every game like this, it's amazing that they're doing what they're doing and when Trawick comes back and gets going I think they're going to get a lot better - but they're different without those two guys, they are."

Senior Guard James Bell

Talking about the big three and how he keeps his rhythm and focus when he's struggling with foul trouble in the second half...

"Coach has great confidence in me as well as my team and I've missed some before, early in the game I was cold but you just have to keep shooting. As a leader they count on me to make plays and I saw a play and I tried to make it."

Sophomore Forward Daniel Ochefu

On what the game plan was going against Georgetown's bigs (their defense)...

"Just moving our feet, denying them when they're flashing the ball, playing strong defensively and in the post and our guards attacking them when they needed help."

On how much more of a confident player he has been in the last few weeks...

"A lot more confident, my coaches and teammates do a great job of having confidence in me and that just improves my confidence so I just respond to that."

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