OU Player Quotes

Sophomore Forward Blake Griffin

On Oklahoma’s defense being underrated...

“At times it should be questioned because we haven’t played great on defense at times, but I wouldn’t say that we are a poor defensive team. We are going to have to prove that to people and that is fine.”

 

On switching defenses...

“That is just what we wanted to do, just switch it up on them and give them a different look. We wanted to make them score in other ways because they were scoring so well. We just wanted to capitalize on their turnovers and get easy buckets in transition.”

 

On teams improvement towards end of first half...

“We just started to take care of the ball offensively and defensively we switched it up a little bit and gave them a different look. I felt like that rattled them a little bit. That led to us getting some easy fast break points.”

 

Senior Forward Taylor Griffin

On improved defensive play...

“I think switching to the 1-3-1, which we just put in this year, was really good for us in the first half and in the second half. Our mentality to play defense is one thing that has really been lacking lately. Heading into the conference season we really wanted to improve our defensive mentality.”

 

On 1-3-1 zone defense...

“We haven’t used it at all this year. We just started practicing it this week and I think it is a really good defense for us because every position on the floor really long and athletic for us. We love to get our hands on the ball and cause a lot of deflections.”