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Everything Nate Oats said after NCAA Tournament win over Maryland

Everything Nate Oats said after NCAA Tournament win over Maryland

“I didn’t even watch the San Diego State game today. I was busy still watching Maryland film. With the short turnaround, I just — I’m a big fan, but when we got a game to win, I try to lock in on the team we’re playing. So I know San Diego State’s defense is elite. That’s what I’ve been told by our staff. Furman is a really good team and they shook Furman out, so we’re going to have to spend a lot of time prepping for them. We’ll spend a lot of time tomorrow. The players will be off tomorrow, but the coaches will be in working.

“As far as Noah Gurley goes, I was really fired up on that offensive board put-back. I thought he made a great play, drove the ball in, kicked it out, got Brandon a great shot, didn’t go, stayed in there, got a put-back. I was really happy for him. And then the steal he forced was out of a timeout. Our two guys in the pick-and-roll didn’t do a great job. I thought Reese was coming free for a dunk or a lay-up and Noah kind of put his hand in there, got a deflection, knocked it off Reese’s leg and made a huge play for us.

“He played 10 minutes tonight. We were plus 3 when he was in. I think his last four games he was 6/9 from 3 going into that. Didn’t make any there, but that’s fine. He was 0/2 against A&M, 0/2 today. Probably means he’s set up for a couple good shooting, get back in the gym. When we’re back. He spends a lot of time in the gym, he will be primed for a good shooting game hopefully against San Diego State up in Louisville.”

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