"We feel very good about the win, very good about some things that went on. We don't have a zone, so it's hard to practice against a zone when we don't have one ourselves. That was great for us tonight to get that practice. It was great to get 10 guys with double-figure minutes.
"We did try to do a lot of things with a lot of different lineups. Four freshmen, first time they were in there, so I think it was good for them. Gardner-Webb had an experienced team, and they made us look bad at times. I am disappointed in how we played, but I'm not disappointed in my team.
"I think it was a good night for us, and I think we learned a lot. Hopefully, we'll be able to do some things tomorrow morning in practice to help us get better, and we need to be better on Sunday. We talked about earlier this week, six games in 12 or 13 days.
"James Michael [McAdoo] 26 and 14, those are pretty big-time numbers. I'd like him to do it without having to take 20 shots. We've got to have the other guys be more active on the backboards and not just him. I've been saying, with Leslie [McDonald] and Reggie [Bullock] and P.J. [Hairston] that we're a good shooting team. One for 12 from the three-point line doesn't look like it, but Reggie was almost unselfish to a fault tonight. He's got to take a couple more of the shots and guys have to got be willing to screen for him to get him open too.
'All in all, I congratulate Gardner-Webb. They did some nice things and it was a great help for us, and hopefully they gained some things from it as well."
On what he would like to see from the freshmen:
“Marcus made some mistakes, but I thought he was in charge out there. I think he learned some things tonight. J.P. [Tokoto] didn’t play many minutes – 10 minutes – but he’s an active body.
“I thought Joel and Brice were so much better in the first half than they were in the second half. Perhaps they got winded a little bit, but Gardner-Webb went small a little more so we had Brice or somebody guarding one of their perimeter players out there on the court. I think all four of the guys gave us something and I’m hopeful it will be something that we can grow on.”
On whether or not it is concerning that Paige did not have any assists:
"We counted that he had several because two or three times there was a guy and that guy lays it up and gets fouled. Truthfully, that means the guard or whoever the passer is did his job. That really does not concern me. [On Marcus' four turnovers] That concerns me. Zero four, we don't like that, but he's a freshman, and he's going to be really good."
On whether Joel's play tonight will affect Sunday's starting lineup:
"I don't know. We started him the second half, but I think he could do some good things. He's got to stay out of foul trouble. He made some silly little fouls. Three for three is pretty good. You can tie it but you can't beat it. Four fouls, you've got to make better decisions on that. I think he did some good things, we started him, like I said, in the second half. We're going to play all those guys."
On what more he wants from Reggie Bullock:
"I can think of three situations completely where he's wide open. He's trying to be unselfish. Everybody else needs to try to be that way. The best shooter needs to try and step up and take some shots. He's doing what we asked him to do. He's taking it to an extent that it's a fault. I've said it before about good players, and I'm not really that concerned about Reggie. He'll be fine."
On how Dexter Strickland handled his first game back:
"I thought he did some good things. We're still not as smooth as I want us to be, whoever is in the game. I get on Dexter a lot for dribbling so much, and one time at the end he's dribbling but nobody is doing anything to get open. That's not his fault. He does a nice job of attacking the basket, and I think he did that tonight. We've got to get him to get a couple of rebounds. Twenty-four minutes is about what I expected and hoped to get out of him. Really I don't want to push anybody, but especially Dexter, Leslie and Marcus."