Men's Basketball
Vanderbilt-LSU postgame quotes

Jan. 18, 2014

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
On LSU’s inside game…
“Their team played very well, our team did not. So that is what you get. You get beat, especially on the road. You have to give LSU credit. They did what they needed to do. (Johnny) O’Bryant established himself as the dominant player in the game. He was good throughout. Obviously, I am very disappointed in our rebounding effort. It is quite disturbing to get beat that badly on the boards.”

On the chance to come back at halftime…
“We started the second half and we did not get any stops. Again, our second-half defense and rebounding in the first half needed work. We were doing better on the boards but LSU was still scoring. They were not getting as many offensive rebounds but they were scoring every possession. Our effort on the boards was disappointing. They got a lot more loose balls than we did. We are not going to win games like this if that happens.”

On Vanderbilt wearing down throughout the game…
“No, it started like that at the beginning. LSU was getting offensive rebounds at the very start at the game. As far as I’m concerned, we did not wear down because we were not worn down when the game started and we played the same. LSU did it right from the beginning.”

On Damian Jones’ homecoming…
“He made some freshman mistakes, but I guess he is a freshman. He had a nice game for us, though. He is a good player. We need to keep him going and get him some more experience. As he gains more experience he will continue to get better.”

Vanderbilt Forward Rod Odom
On LSU’s three-point shooting early in the game…
“We knew they had some guys that could make shots, (Andre) Stringer, (Anthony) Hickey and among other guys, so we knew we had to get to those guys and we didn’t do a great job of doing that early.”

On LSU’s offensive rebounds and second-chance points as well as fatigue setting in…
“As a player you don’t want to admit to that, for me personally, as well as the team we just got to be better and got to be tougher. They came out tougher on the boards and gave us all we could handle, we have to be tougher.”

On the game that Johnny O’Bryant III had and how he played in the post…
“We have been playing against him for a few years now. He’s a very-talented and strong player. He plays really hard.”

LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones
Opening Statement…
“We’re really excited for our team and our guys to really be rewarded for their efforts in practice and in games. They’ve been playing hard and to have an outcome like this, it’s great. The victory came against a very solid basketball team who’s really been playing well. They really fought Kentucky and beat Missouri the other day and shot the ball extremely well. I thought defensively our guys did a tremendous job in terms of staying attached to them, crowding them and making sure we contested shots. I thought Johnny O’Bryant III did a super job in terms of setting the tone for our basketball team tonight early in the game and really credit his teammates in feeding off of it in the first half. In the early part of the second half, it was more of the same. I thought because of the way they played and practiced after a setback the other night, it gave them an opportunity to come out and get a victory against a very good basketball team.”

On Johnny O’Bryant III’s big night…
“I really wasn’t sure during practice today. He had a decent practice. It wasn’t great, but right before the game I had a little visit with him. He said he was ready and really focused. He said he was locked in. I thought he went out and did it from the start, rebounding and trying to get extra opportunities around the basket.”

On Johnny O’Bryant III bouncing back from last game…
“It’s just I think Johnny being out there in practice, continuing to work hard, understanding the importance of his energy and being able to put games behind him. He didn’t have a great game the other night, went 1-of-5 and unfortunately fouled out there at the end of the game. I thought tonight he didn’t allow the last game to bother him. He came out focused tonight and continued to play. He got off to a great start, made his first couple of shots and got some big boards. He defended well, and I just thought he played at a whole different level tonight.”

On the execution tonight…
“We were able to put a little bit of a wrinkle in the last couple of days of practice. It was something that we needed in terms of our movement. We wanted to make sure that our high-low action was there. I can tell you that our zone offense looks a lot better when those outside shots are going down and we’re making plays. It looks really bad when we’re not making shots. Tonight was different. We made shots from the outside. Johnny (O’Bryant III) and them were able to attack inside and get some creases. When they got fouled and got to the free-throw line they made some free throws. Shoot, 75 percent from the free-throw line, that’s a good night for us. When those shots are going down it’s a lot easier, but we had a little bit of movement and some screening action up at the top that I thought helped us.”

LSU Forward Johnny O’Bryant III
On the game…
“The team has been taking tough losses, and I put a lot of the team’s success into what I do. I put in time at the gym, I worked hard at practice, and I just knew I had to bring that energy. I know the guys fed off of it tonight, so it really helped us get the win.”

On offensive differences…
“We did a great job of attacking the zone. Our big men didn’t settle for a lot of jump shots. We took it to the rim and got their big guys in foul trouble. We hit free throws tonight pretty well.”

On the improvements…
“The guards did a great job of getting the ball to the bigs, which we didn’t do against Ole Miss. We did that tonight, and we lived at the free-throw line. “

On the game’s quick pace…
“That’s the tone we had to set in practice these past few practices. I came out with a lot of energy, and I pushed the guys to come out with a lot of energy. We just had to turn the intensity up. It showed tonight.

On his performance…
“I was just taking my time, posting hard, going to the rim like a mad man and going to get offensive rebounds. I was just trying to get my team as much energy at each possession as I could.”


 

 

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