Keith Appling, Branden Dawson and Derrick Nix discuss last night's win at home over Illinois 80-75.
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Notable quotes from the locker room:
ILL coach on Keith Appling:
"He was the best player on the floor," Illinois coach John Groce said. "He did a great job of making his teammates better. He has a swagger about him that ultimately gives them swagger and confidence."
Izzo on Harris injury:
"He couldn't even walk so we couldn't put him back in," Izzo said. "That hurt us, we're just not deep enough."
Izzo on Nix coming off the bench:
"Did that hurt my team? It did," Izzo said. "It was a distraction."
Izzo on his team's play:
"I've been telling you guys that we have been taking baby steps forward (as a team), well, took a giant step backward in the first half," Izzo said. "An inexcusable effort, unacceptable performance. Illinois played hard, played tough, they went after every ball."
"And then the second half, I guess we regroups and our kids came out and played hard. It was led by Appling. He (Appling) did a heck of a job in the second half. Nix was a little bit better. Branden Dawson was a hair better. I thought Valentine was very good and we found a way to win and that's about the only good thing I have to say."