February 12, 2009

Landry, teammates and coaches discuss milestone

MADISON, Wis. - With his jumper midway through the second half of Wednesday's game against Iowa, Wisconsin senior Marcus Landry reached the 1,000-point plateau. By doing so, he joined 32 other Badger greats to join the exclusive club.

Following the game, Landry as well as some teammates and head coach Bo Ryan talked about the accomplishment. The following are some quotes from the post-game press conference in regards to Landry's milestone:

Bo Ryan on what it means for Landry to reach the milestone as his coach:

"Marcus got his being a team player, just like the other guys that I know personally. That's dedication to taking care of business, keeping what's important to you in your life, to the game, to your team and everything else out there. Marcus getting points for us is a good thing. We can be successful if he doesn't necessarily get a lot of points, but he's been pretty steady, especially these last three years. He's learned a lot and he's put it to good use. I'm happy for him."

Jason Bohannon when asked about his night:

"It was more of Marcus' night with the 1000 points. It was a great team victory for us and we're happy to be playing well again. We played some great possessions today and we need to keep that going for the game on Saturday."

Joe Krabbenhoft on how proud he is of Landry:

"He didn't even know (about the milestone). We were on the bus after the plane landed from Penn State. I was the one that told him, 'hey, you get to do it in front of the home crowd.' He said, 'What are you talking about?' I said, 'Seven more points. You think you can do it?' He said, 'Yeah, whatever.' He didn't even know.

"That's the type of player he is. He just goes out and does his business. It's all about the team and the way that he's been helping us has been in so many ways. I'm so proud of him. He's been one of my best friends since we got here and to reach that milestone is great, but he'll be the first one to say it's all about the team. That's what's important and that's what makes him a great teammate and a great player."

Landry on joining Badger greats such as Alando Tucker and Michael Finley:

"When you speak of those guys, they're way beyond 1,000 points. Just to be mentioned in the same list as those guys is a great accomplishment. Like I said before, those guys have done a lot in this program. It seems more than just those two guys, but those are two guys that probably stand out a lot.

"It does mean a lot to me, but probably not as much as it will down the road since we still have a lot of games to play. It's just something that I'll let pass over. Maybe when I'm a little older, I can go back and I'll really get the feeling of what it really means."

Landry on how he scored his 1,000th point from the floor and not at the free throw line:

"Well I don't know. I was just playing basketball. I've kind of been struggling with my free throws the last few games so if I did have a chance to score 1,000 on my free throw, I probably would have missed."

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