Vanderbilt-Auburn Postgame Quotes

Jan. 23, 2013

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings 

Opening Comments:
“The key to the game was the fact that I took over free throw shooting from Coach (Tom) Richardson. That was a joke, in case you couldn’t tell. We made our free throws. We were a little loose with the ball in the second half and I like Auburn’s team. We’re really happy to get a win.” 

On Vanderbilt’s 24-30 free throw shooting:
“It’s about time. This is what we’re capable of and I hope we can build on it and continue it. I’m happy for [the team]. They’ve worked hard on it.”

On the difference between Vanderbilt’s performance in practice and in games:
“We shoot it better in practice than in games. Maybe some of it is them settling in and relaxing. We got good play from our bench tonight. Kyle [Fuller] and Kevin [Bright] did a nice job.” 

On Kyle Fuller and Kevin Bright coming off the bench:
“Kevin hasn’t batted an eyelash and Kyle’s all for the team. We don’t win at South Carolina if it wasn’t for him. He’s being productive, which is what we need.” 

On whether Kevin Bright should take more shots:
“I’d like for him to take more good shots. Kevin is a good player. He’s starting to play like he’s capable of.” 

On the upcoming road games against Missouri and Tennessee:
“I’m not sure what [the team] is thinking. Our mentality as a coaching staff has been, ‘If we’re thinking this, they’re thinking that.’ Our play is getting better as a team. It’s a testament to their hard work and believing in each other through adversity and losing four of five.” 

On Vanderbilt’s balanced scoring:
“What I like is that Kedren [Johnson] had six or seven or eight rebounds at South Carolina and he had seven tonight. I like it when our guards come down and rebound. It’s about rebounding. It’s about assists. We have to have balance.”

Vanderbilt guard Kedren Johnson 

On the team shooting 80 percent from the free throw line tonight:
“We’ve been shooting a lot more free throws in practice, so we’ve been having a lot more confidence on the line. It showed up tonight, especially at the end of the game.” 

On if the team is coming together more now:
“I would say so. We’re in a really nice groove right now. There’s a lot of positive energy in the locker room and in the program as a whole. We’re just trying to capitalize on that in every practice and game.” 

On how Kyle Fuller has been playing since coming off the bench:
“He’s been playing really well lately. He’s getting to the basket and facilitating. Kyle has been playing really good ball.”

Vanderbilt guard Kevin Bright 

On coming off the bench:
“I’m feeling pretty comfortable coming off the bench. I don’t have a problem with it. I’ve been playing better since we made the adjustment, and as long as we’re winning I’m fine.” 

On the team shooting really well from three-point range at home the past two games:
“I think we’re getting loose from behind the three-point line. We’re a good shooting team, always have been a good shooting team. We were just going through a little slump, but I have confidence in every shooter on our team. I think we’re going to continue making shots.”

Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee 

On his team’s performance:
“It was a tough one here tonight on the road. We had our opportunities, but we have to have guys step up on the offensive end of the floor. We weren’t consistent enough on the defensive end of the floor either.” 

On not taking advantage during a five-minutes scoreless drought by Vanderbilt:
“It’s the same issue we had against Kentucky. I thought we got a lot of great looks. To win, you have to score the basketball and we aren’t doing that efficiently right now.”



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