Vanderbilt-Arkansas postgame quotes

Feb. 9, 2013

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings 

Opening Comments:
"I'm certainly fired up for my team. I thought that was a tremendous effort, especially a tremendous effort defensively. They continue to come out and fight and play with a great deal of energy and purpose. Fortunately, we were able to make some shots and get some things done and win this game. 

"I thought there were several keys to the game. One, we were able to get (Marshawn) Powell in foul trouble, which was a point of emphasis going into the game. I thought our play off the bench, (Kyle) Fuller and (Josh) Henderson in particular, were very impactful. Overall, I just really liked our defense and how we guarded." 

On the difference between the game here and in Fayetteville back in January:
"We played better and they (Arkansas) played worse. They had us on our heels in the first game from the very first possession. I thought the only time we got on our heels was early in the second half today. There was some neutralizing going on, but I thought that was the only time they had us on our heels. They are probably a little better at home and we are probably a little better at home." 

On Rod Odom's play the last couple games:
"Rod is starting to play like we expected Rod to play from the outset of the season. He's making shots and being aggressive. He looks like he means it when he jumps up to shoot it. He's going to the basket with a purpose. We're happy because the last couple games he has been pretty stellar for us." 

On Josh Henderson's play:
"I thought he was very good. He was aggressive and I thought his length bothered them (Arkansas) some. He finished (at the rim) and got some offensive rebounds. I thought Josh was real good for us today. It's not a secret, if we get some productivity out of that spot, it makes us a better team." 

On Sheldon Jeter getting more playing time when he scores like he did today:
"We'll see Sheldon's minutes go the way they need to go in order for us to win games. In theory, I would like to get him more minutes and he has certainly become one of our better offensive players. If I recall correctly, he had all 13 of his points in the first half. He was very good for us in the first half. He doesn't have any fear when it comes to playing on offense, so he is a good guy to have out there. He made his free throws and shot the ball well, but the other thing he does, even though he didn't get that many today, is rebound the ball well for us too."

Arkansas Head Coach Mike Anderson 

Opening Comments:
"I thought Kevin (Stallings) had his team prepared. (Vanderbilt) came out and did a good job defensively on containing (Marshawn) Powell. Then of course he (Powell) got in foul trouble and that kind of got us out of kilter for a while. As a team, guys have to step up. We didn't make shots and they did make shots. I thought they Vanderbilt just came out and played loose." 

On if he was surprised his team didn't come out with more energy after beating Florida:
"I'm real surprised and I guess I'll take the blame. I did a poor job of making sure our guys were on an even keel. Sometimes when you play a team such as Florida, people are patting you on the back and you start believing it. I think we got caught up in that, but that's not taking anything away from Vanderbilt. When we played Vandy in the first conference game and it was their first road conference game, we didn't play particularly well, but we beat them pretty well. I'm sure they remember that. It just seemed like they played with great intensity, which was much better than ours." 

On Josh Henderson's play for Vanderbilt:
"He did a good job. He did a good job of taking what we gave him and they did a good job of getting it to him. We were concentrating on getting to the three-point shooters. He did a good job of slipping (to the basket) and even when he caught it, he finished inside."



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