Pregame Quotes: St. John's vs. Bucknell|
Nov. 18, 2013
Head Coach Steve Lavin
Junior Guard Jamal Branch
On keeping Rysheed Jordan motivated:
"We keep him high headed and we encourage him. It's just a thing freshmen go through. JaKarr (Sampson) went through it last year and he moved on pretty quickly. Rysheed will take time. Once he is confident and comfortable he will be dangerous."
On adjusting to the new rules:
"With the new rules we are trying to attack more and get to the free throw line. We always try to beat our opponents in the free throw line. Against Wagner we did that, against Wisconsin we didn't and we ended up losing. We see the results when we get to the free throw line more than our opponents. We get the win."
On the tough non-conference schedule:
"Some of the teams we play non-conferee have chances to make the tournament like Florida Gulf Coast last year who was a huge sleeper. They ended up making a good push last year in the tournament. I don't think these games are easy. They are well scheduled games that can prepare us for the tournament because those are NCAA Tournament teams we are playing against."
Senior Forward Orlando Sanchez
On Coach Lavin's expectations:
"I think he wants me to be everywhere. He wants me to play hard, shoot, rebound, assisting. He wants me to do whatever I can do."
On adjusting to the team:
"I know I'm not at my maximum level yet, but I'm going to be there soon. I work all the time with the coaches and my teammates at practice."
On adjusting to the Division I level:
"At Monroe College I played a lot more minutes, I always started, and they always facilitated the ball to me. Now everyone here is good so you have to play strong no matter what."