"He told us that this isn't just about us, that's about the alumni and the people who played before us, the fans who support us,...And he told us what was said after the game, what their past coach said and we took that personally.''
Assistant coach Gerry McNamara on the importance of this game:
"Oh I made sure my guards understood. I let them know how I felt about it and I'm pretty sure they know it now.'
Jim Boeheim on how much this Syracuse team needed a good showing in the BET:
"Even if you're a good team, this tournament can help you. But we really needed this. We probably needed it more than we ever have.''
I remember two years ago we ended up beating them twice, and they beat us in the Big East Tournament. We just wanted to return the favor. Just us losing last time by 20, that meant a lot for us to even get to play against them again. Just reading comments from them, talking trash about us, it made it even more important to win a game like this.
James Southerland on how the team kept their head on straight to get here:
"I don’t listen to anything going on on the outside. Me and my best friend, Mr. Rakeem Christmas, don’t watch ESPN because we don’t want to feed into all of that. Our whole thing coming to New York was to get together as a team and work on what we needed to work on."
Baye Moussa Keita on why Syracuse won:
"I think just as a team, we just wanted it more. We had to make a statement tonight. I mean, I don’t know how many points I had tonight. I was just trying to help the team, playing good defense, setting good screens and getting rebounds."
Mike Hopkins on BMK:
"He just plays so hard. If you watch him defensively, he can go here to here and back faster than anybody on the planet. He’s the Matrix."
Brandon Triche closing the door on Syracuse-Georgetown:
"We were the last team standing. They figured they closed the Dome and they closed Manley, but we actually were the last team that beat them. That’s all I can say.’’