Men's Basketball
Vanderbilt-Georgia postgame quotes

Jan. 29, 2014

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
On tonight’s game…
“Well, our defense played well. We even held them under their average on offensive rebounds even though they still got 14 of them. They are such a great rebounding team, and they do such a good job of getting to the foul line, that we thought that those were the two critical issues that faced our defense: how we could play defensively and keep them off the foul line and how we could keep them off the backboards. I’m really proud of my team. They really competed. Our defense is the thing that won us this game.

On the trouble that travel caused his team…
“I told them before we ever left Nashville that there was a good chance we were going to encounter problems. We were on the plane and I told them, ‘Listen. We are about to fly to Atlanta because they won’t let us land in Athens. And this is going to be a circus. It’s going to take us 3 hours, 4 hours longer than it’s probably supposed to take us.’ Of course we get to Atlanta and then end up in Greenville, [South Carolina]. And I told them that there is no excuse. All that matters is that we have a game at 7:00 eastern time tomorrow and we need to be ready to go.

Vanderbilt Junior Guard Dai-Jon Parker
On tonight’s game…
“This was somewhat of a home game for me with my high school less than an hour away, so I wanted to give a spark to my teammates especially with how long it took for us to get to Athens. Tonight we took pride in our defense and it really created our offense and in this game in particular it gave us a big early boost.”

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox
On tonight’s game…
“Let’s give Vanderbilt credit. They outplayed us and our players got what we deserved. We got beat. We didn’t play well. We can’t shoot the ball like that, we can’t rebound like that, we can’t defend like that and win a game.”

On Kenny Gaines’ injury status…
“Kenny is not cleared to play. I think it’s fair to say that it’s worse than we thought, and he has not progressed to the level of clearing. We can’t put the kid at risk. He’s done a great job. He’s just not cleared yet.”

On dissatisfaction of overall performance…
“I’m perturbed because we didn’t play well. Vanderbilt taught us a lesson. I’m perturbed by how we played. We have to give Vandy credit for playing well, shooting the ball well. I’m not happy with how our team approached this game.”

On struggling historically against Vanderbilt…
“Vanderbilt plays different than everyone else. [Coach Kevin Stallings] is a terrific coach. They’ve got enough pieces. They don’t have a lot of pieces, but the pieces they got are pretty good. He has them well organized. They are playing their best basketball. You have to give them credit.”

Georgia Junior Forward Marcus Thornton
On the shooting performance…
“I just think that we’ve got to be assertive. I think we just kind of existed on offense and didn’t establish ourselves in any way, shape, or form in any facet of the game, so we didn’t get anything done today.”

On the team’s lack of spirit tonight…
“I’m not exactly sure what was behind it. I don’t know if it was the snow or the weather changing, I don’t know what it was. We just didn’t have it today spirit-wise and that’s disappointing because you can always control that.”

Georgia Sophomore Guard Charles Mann
On what he took away from the game…
“We started out very flat and on defense we didn’t play very well on defense in the first half. The game was kind of decided in the first half. They were up by ten in the half and we’ve just got to play better on the defensive end and be more committed.”



 

 

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