Vanderbilt - Missouri Postgame Quotes

Jan. 16, 2014

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings

On Tonight's Atmosphere:

 "I appreciate our fans. I'm glad they came. I think we had a great crowd."

 On the Magnitude of Tonight's Win:

 "I'm extremely proud of our team... They had to dig deep against a good team to get the win."

 On Vanderbilt Forward Rod Odom:

 "He's a great player. That's why it hurt us so much last game when he was in foul trouble. He was able to find some seams and openings in their zone. That's an underrated defensive team. We were able to penetrate and kick it out to him on the perimeter and we got it to him in transition. We shot a lot of [threes] in the first half."

 On Vanderbilt's Ball Handling:

 "We took care of the ball tonight and had nine turnovers. That's a far cry from 16. If we had 16 turnovers tonight, we probably lose."

 On Facing LSU:

 "I saw [someone from the conference office] tonight and asked if I did something to offend them to give us this schedule. It's a tough schedule... It's all tough in this league. This league has great coaches, great players, and great venues. That's why it's the SEC."

 On the State of Vanderbilt's Team:

 "We're deficient in some areas, and those deficiencies show up. I can't say enough about Kyle [Fuller], Dai-Jon [Parker], and Rod [Odom] - they played for all 40 minutes."

 On Vanderbilt Attempting 32 Three-Pointers:

 "Some of it was a result of playing against their zone in the first half, so that's what we were given to us."

Vanderbilt G Kyle Fuller

On playing 40 minutes:

"I'll play however long Coach needs me to play, or how everyone on this team needs me to play. I'm just thankful we came out with a win today."

On the first SEC win:

"It was huge. Rod kept saying `Kyle we need this one, we need this one,' and I'm just glad we got it."

On the freedom of playing without worrying about being pulled:

"I'm not gonna lie that does help a lot, cause I did throw some ill-advised passes. If I'm not going to get pulled though, then I need to make a play. I need to make more good plays than bad plays, and thankfully I did that today and it worked."

On getting clutch buckets:

"I think we took care of the ball a lot better in the second half. Coach kept telling us we need to take care of the ball. And I think we did. Dai Jon had 6 assists and 1 turnover. That's great, and on top of that he played great defense. I think the team is all coming together right now."

On the large numbers of threes the team took:

"Well we have Rod, who I think is the best shooter in the country. WE just tried to counter whatever they were doing. They were stopping the drive and kept collapsing so we kept finding him, and you know he's going to hit them."

On hitting six free throws in the final 40 seconds:

"I love it. I also love how my teammates have confidence in me to hit those free throws and I just have to go up there and hit them."

Vanderbilt F Rod Odom

On playing 40 minutes:

"Personally playing 40 minutes is always ok. You come to college to play, and we both have a great opportunity to play more than anybody could imagine, so it's great."

On his success shooting:

"To be honest, I didn't feel too good shooting it today. I had a couple open looks that I missed, but thankfully they kept finding me, kept looking for me. I'm lucky to have guys that kept giving me the ball and kept making plays for me. That's all on my teammates."

On getting the clutch buckets:

"We had a lot of close games early on. It let us know that were tough and prepared us for this. Most SEC games are decided by a small margin so I think those early games prepared us for this."


Missouri Head Coach, Frank Haith

Opening Statement:

"Obviously I thought it was a tough loss for us, I thought we got off to a slow start. Just effort plays, I think we took the lead there in the second half and free throw block out and I think they get (Vanderbilt) it, throw it back out and hit a three. Plays like that really hurt us. Our inability to come up with those rebounds on the free throws, our inability to make lay-ups around the basket. I thought that really hurt us; we missed at least seven chippies around the hoop."

On shooting quick 3's:

"I mean I would have to look at it, I don't know if we did, I know we took a couple quick ones. My mind right now is looking at all those lay-ups we missed in the game because we had so many opportunities around that basket that we just didn't come through on."

On how many 3's Vanderbilt took:

"Yeah, there (Vanderbilt) numbers haven't been great three-point shooting although I think Parker (Dai-Jon Parker) we know is a really good three-point shooter and Fuller (Kyle Fuller) shot it great tonight and Odom (Rod Odom), we always knew he was a three-point shooter.  They (Vanderbilt) made them; they shot them and made them. You have to give them credit for making them and they made some tough ones too."

On slow start, being down 17-5 early:

"Just our big guys, we weren't doing what we needed to do in terms of little things and they (Vanderbilt) made some shots and I think we went on an 11-0 run right after that. But we got off to a slow start and we can't do that. That's the second game in a row where we got off to a slow start, at the start of the ball game."

On quick turnaround to the next game:

"We got to get ourselves to get back, we got to get ready for an Alabama team that's coming in off a great win and a very talented group, Releford (Trevor Releford) one of the best players in this league."

Missouri Guard Jabari Brown

 "We've gotta have better focus coming out. Gotta be ready to play.  We gotta have our mind ready to play. No excuses. Gotta come out and be ready."

On playing catch up:

"It's tough, especially on the road. That's why you've got to start out by not getting in the whole like that."

On Rod Odom:

"He had a good night, he's a good player, and good players have good nights."

On being late to close out:

"They had a lot of action going on. They set a lot of screens. Sometimes when you're not good on one screen you're late fighting on another. They have a good offense."

On the missed free throw leading to a three pointer:

"It feels like a knife in the heart."

On bouncing back for Alabama:

"We have to focus. We have to have a short memory, and we can't let one game turn into another. We still have a lot of games left to play."


Missouri Guard  Earnest Ross:

On the difficulty shooting:

"Sometimes it happens like that. You just have to continue to shoot through it. They were open looks. It wasn't like they were terrible looks or anything. The shots just weren't falling, and it's like that sometimes. We have to learn to fight through this adversity and just move on."

On digging out of the early hole:

"We always knew they could shoot. Coach was telling us about that earlier. They came out and hit a few tough, early threes, and put themselves up a few and just kept the lead."

"It's definitely tough, we've done it before. Coach was prodding us today to just come out with energy. We need to come back with energy and therefore we won't have to fight back."

On the missed free throw leading to the three pointer:

"That's a tough play. It's really considered a five point play. Small plays like that down the stretch cost us a lot. As a team, we have to learn that everything matters. Once we get that down pat we'll be ready to go."




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