Feb. 8, 2014
Vanderbilt Coach Quotes
Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
“I didn’t think our defense was very good. Obviously, we’re disappointed to lose one in this fashion, but our guys fought hard and played hard. They just made one more play than we did.”
On whether he would’ve preferred to play less zone defense late in the game:
“We probably would’ve preferred it, but I thought the last seven or eight minutes of the game we finally kicked in. But, we had some breakdowns and it’s disappointing because you shouldn’t have breakdowns and we did. We were fine playing zone. We got stops in the zone there for a while. [Arkansas guard Rashad] Madden hit two big shots against us and [Arkansas forward Michael] Qualls hit that last one.
On the last shot by Rod Odom:
“That was the one we were playing for. We got one of the best shooters in the league a pretty open shot and it just came up a little bit short. That’s how it goes sometimes.”
On whether he felt there was a defensive breakdown on Arkansas’ last possession:
“Well, the guy has to make the shot, but I’d have to look at it again. It was a play or two before there where we broke down. We had the lead and they hit a three over there from that same side. We just had a guy that was six feet out of position for no reason.
On his thoughts about Fuller playing through injury:
“He just cramped up a little bit, but he’s a competitive kid. He’s one of those guys that walks towards the fight and you can’t get enough of those [players]. He’s a competitive guy and I knew the cramping wasn’t going to stop him.”
On holding Arkansas scoreless for a six-minute stretch in the second half:
“We were more locked in. We were taking the fight to them. They spent most of the afternoon taking the fight to us, which is why they won. In the last six or seven minutes we started taking the fight to them. They shot the ball well. They just made too many shots and, again, some of that was because of our defense and some of was because of really good offense.”
On the two shots Rashad Mann made down the stretch:
“Those were big shots. I thought on one there might have been a charge, but that was a long way away from me. I’d have to see it on film to see whether or not I was right from 95 feet away. He just made big shots. Those were two of the big ones because we had them stopped until he made a couple of those.
On playing shorthanded against Arkansas’ style of play:
“We were pretty effective offensively; we scored points. We weren’t having any trouble scoring. We turned the ball over too many times against the press, which I thought was completely unnecessary. Dai-Jon [Parker] getting in foul trouble was a problem, especially as early as he got in foul trouble. But that’s what we’ve got. We still had a chance to win the game. We had it right there for us and we missed some free throws and didn’t get a stop when we needed to.”
On the first half pace:
“The pace wasn’t the problem. The turnovers for layups were the problem, as well as the fact that we didn’t get stops in the half court. Nothing we did defensively worked in the first half and we turned the ball over and gave them points off their defense, which is what they want. They did a better job of doing what they do today than we did of doing what we need to do.”