Byrd on Iowa, who Purdue will play Wednesday night:
“They have some big guys that really work hard on the glass, and they have some guys that are aggressive and score the ball. Our teams are pretty similar as you saw with the game (at Mackey earlier in the season). But what it is going to come down to is who’s going to play harder and who gets more of those 50-50 balls.”
Byrd on the importance of this latter stretch to get into some kind of postseason play:
“We have to do everything we can to go to Iowa and really execute what we need to do. Like I said earlier, (we need) to play harder than (Iowa), and just out-want them, because that’s what we have to do the rest of the season.”
What did you guys get out of the win against Northwestern on Sunday?
“One of the things we have really been trying to do is move the ball on offense and getting all five guys involved. (The) inside-outside game really opens things up for Ronnie and Terone, and Terone has been shooting the ball pretty well … Moving the ball on offense has been really helpful to us, especially in the Northwestern game.”
Out of the younger guys, has Rapheal Davis really bought in the most as far as commitment?
“Yeah, Rapheal is taking care of his stuff off the court, and he’s worked hard every day in practice … If he can get other people to fit his mold then the future is looking bright for Purdue.”
How much is it easier on the team and you when you’re making shots?
“I thought it definitely showed how good we can be when guys are making shots. Once we started to make shots (in the Northwestern game) I thought that the game got a lot more easier.”
Has it been tough on you to be “main guy” this season at times?
“I think so sometimes. I thought a couple of games I tried to jump over the battle by putting up a couple bad shots and things like that. It was kind of challenging at first, but I think when we are all making shots, it takes a lot of pressure off of me.”
On Rapheal Davis:
“He’s bought in to what the coaches want, and that’s one of the reasons he is playing so much. He works hard every day. He’s a Purdue type of guy, a blue collar guy.”