Chaz Williams' 28 points were enough for UMass to bounce Temple from Atlantic 10 quarterfinals for second straight year, earning a rematch with VCU after Minutemen defeated the Owls 79-74. (Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer)
UMass head coach Derek Kellogg's opening statement:
"This is what we've come to expect from the UMass/Temple games, dating back to a long time ago. I thought it was a pretty epic battle. It's one of those things where we're going to miss Temple, but now we'll just have to pick someone else to have a beef with."
Chaz Williams (28 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds) on his play tonight:
"I was just basically doing what the team needed me to do. I just had to make plays. Growing up, I used to play football, so I'm kind of used to it. (his physical style of play) We do it together, no matter what. I always credit my teammates for everything I do. Tonight was one of those nights where God blessed us."
Kellogg on UMass' NCAA Tournament chances:
"I think we're a really good basketball team. I'll just leave it up to the powers that be to make that decision."
On UMass' semifinal matchup with VCU:
"I didn't see their game, but I heard their band, and ours was really pumping too. It's going to be a battle of who's going to have the most fans."
Comparing his NIT team last year to this year's group:
"I think our guys matured a little bit in our run to the NIT, and that really helped us today."
Temple head coach Fran Dunphy's opening statement:
"I think there's a little bit of an advantage when you can play on Thursday. We were fresher early, but we didn't take advantage."
On UMass outrebounding Temple 40-23:
"The rebounding edge is 13-9 the way I look at it. They got four more offensive rebounds than we did."
On Chaz Williams:
"He's got a lot of speed and quickness to him."
On Temple's NCAA Tournament chances:
"I can't sit here and say I'm confident. We have no control at this point, we're at the mercy of the committee."