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Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens spoke with the media on a number of topics following his team's 75-68 Atlantic 10 Conference win over Rhode Island at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.
(Rhode Island coach) Danny Hurley and his staff are doing a great job. That's a good basketball team. They are a very hard out, as you can see. They have not played a game in the league that has been decided by more than eight points.
These guys are really tight. They know each other's parents. They appreciate all of the support that they get from one another. It's a really hard thing. Anytime for me it is really hard because you've got a 21-year-old and his family that is facing something that they shouldn't face.
We actually played pretty well after (Rhode Island) got a little bit of a lead. The difference between the second half and the end of the first half is that we made shots in the paint that we weren't making in the first half. We finished at the rim better and that ultimately helped us get on that little run.
It's something to work on and we've got to just keep getting better at it. We've won a bunch of games where we haven't turned it over as much and we've played against the most challenging teams that you can play against. We know what we have to work on and we know how to work on them.
One of the things about turning it over some is that you are also being aggressive and attacking. That is more how we turned it over today than say Thursday (at Saint Louis) where we were on our heels. We have different kinds of turnovers in my opinion. We'll be OK.
We shoot them every day. We work on them hard every day. Roosevelt (Jones) works harder than anybody on them. That being said, I don't think at night about our free throws. It's never crossed my mind the night before a game whether or not we are going to make them. These guys put in enough work, I feel comfortable that they are going to go in.