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Micah Shrewsberry speaks after Notre Dame loses to Florida State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – If there’s one thing Notre Dame coach Micah Shrewsberry doesn’t do, it’s deflect blame. He understands that whenever his team loses, it falls back to him. He isn’t going to change that mindset anytime soon.

The Irish lost to Florida State, 67-58, and Shrewsberry wasn’t about to throw his players under the bus in his postgame news conference. If anything, he partially blamed not having Tae Davis available because of a sprained ankle he suffered in practice the day before. He said it took all of the energy and emotion out of his team. It always is hard to soldier on when one of your players suddenly isn’t available, but Davis’ absence really seemed to bother Shrewsberry.

It’s unknown if Davis will be available Monday at Boston College in a quick turnaround for the Irish. What is known though is that Shrewsberry wasn’t short on words after this home defeat to the Seminoles. Here’s his opening statement and his answers to the questions asked by Fighting Irish Wire:

Opening statement

“That’s Florida State. They came here and really took it to us early. I think we responded very well early, and that’s it. It’s a coaching issue. I gotta get these guys ready and fired up to play, spend more time doing the things that we need to do to make us a better team and be able to respond and have success. And I thought we stayed in the success instead of moving to what’s next, and that got us early in the game.”

On being hard on himself for losses

“I’m always gonna shoulder the blame. Right? Win or lose. You always go with the game plan, always think about adjustments that you should make, always think about the subs that are gonna get it. You always think about the runs that happen. And I’ll be to first to admit that I could be better. I could be better. I make mistakes. So I’m always gonna do that. I’m never putting anything on our guys. I mean, they’re trying. They’re trying. They make mistakes, too. So they do my part to get them ready. They do my part to have them where their juice is right, and if they don’t have enough juice, that’s on me. I can change how we practice. I can change what we do in shootaround.”

Whether Kebba Njie and Matt Zona can improve their free-throw shooting

“No. … We shoot free throws in practice, after practice, during practice. On break, guys are allowed to get in the gym and shoot on their own, too, right? There’s guys on our team that spend a lot of time in this gym and work. Like, so you’re free to do it. Sometimes, it’s a little pain of discipline, a pain of regret. But they’re not trying miss free throws. It’s not intentional. It’s not intentional. I feel bad for them, and I hate that they do it at home. Everybody groans. Like, they miss one free throw to start the game, and everybody’s like, “Aaaaaaaawwwwwwww!” Like, how are they supposed to feel shooting the second? Like, the players get some confidence, a little bit of confidence, right? But once you start (groaning), it starts snowballing, and everybody feels that weight. Everybody feels that weight a little bit, and I felt like it was that way. But J.R. (Konieczny) is a good free-throw shooter. He goes 1 for 3 (today). Kebba’s a good free-throw shooter. Zona’s a good free-throw shooter. It just came back to bite us today.”

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire