Men's Basketball
Vanderbilt-Auburn postgame quotes

March 2, 2013

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings
On being the only SEC team to get a road win tonight…
“We’re very happy to get a very ugly road win. I don’t know if both teams played really good on defense, or if both teams had really bad offense, and I certainly don’t want to speak for their side, but it didn’t feel like either side played very well tonight for me.”

On their momentum boost late in the first half…
“At the first media timeout they were up 9-4, I think, and then they scored eight points the next 15 minutes, so I think our defense picked up and held us in the game, because our offense didn’t start clicking until the last three or four minutes of the half. We made some shots and created a little bit of a lead and spread there. It was an ugly grinded game. We never got into a real flow offensively and they didn’t get in too much of a flow either. We shot 32 percent from the field in the game and 38 from 3 percent. We missed a bunch of free throws, but we also got a lot which was key. It was an ugly game, but we’re happy to win. We don’t care if it’s ugly or pretty, we’re just happy to be the only team to win today.”

On free throws…
“We made them at the end. I was disappointed because the way we started the game was like we were a bundle of nerves. Kevin Bright caught the wide open ball. They don’t get picked up on our very first possession. Kevin seemed surprised he was open so he didn’t shoot it, and then he drove it in and nothing good happened. We started the game off offensively, but defensively we clicked pretty quick.”

On the game…
“Sometimes it feels like we play good basketball and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s nice to have won three in a row. We’re heading in the right direction. All we can do is keep at it and keep working and getting better.”

Vanderbilt Freshman Guard Kevin Bright
On the tough start …
“I thought we didn’t come out with the right energy level. They punched us in the mouth, and we woke up and realized we had to play harder. We bounced back after the first four minutes and got the game under control.”

On having more plays designed for him...
“We have one or two plays. I would say I’m not the player who needs a play to shoot the ball. I’m waiting for someone to create for me. That’s the way I can shoot threes. Also, out of a play is possible that I can shoot a three.”

On not letting the game affect their defense…
“I mean we’re a team and we’re having problems, and sometimes we have problems playing offense and defense at the same time. Tonight when we let down on offense, our defense was still good, so that was positive.”

On missing free throws…
“We were really frustrated. I was really disappointed in myself. We made important free throws at the end with Kedren (Johnson), and that’s what counts.”

On coming out strong in the second half…
“Coach always says we play in four minute wars until the media break. It was important that we came out of the locker room and play the best we can. We were trying to execute and find open shots.”

On playing well this time of year…
“It is most important to play well in this time of the season rather than the beginning. We are making progress in offense and defense. Now it’s nice that we are finally clicking together.”

Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee
On the turn in offensive play…
“I saw a lot of wide open shots. I saw a lot of point blank shots at the rim. I saw a lot of wide open threes. We collectively fought harder, collectively. I thought we were engaged. I thought we were persistent defensively, but you’re not going to win many games in this league shooting 35 percent from the floor and 16 percent from the three.”

On any sort of offensive improvements made during conference play…
“You have to have confidence as a player. This game is about confidence. It makes the difference between All Americans and the average Joe, it’s you level of confidence. You have to believe that you’re the baddest guy walking on that floor, not out of arrogance, but out of your hard work. We’ve got guys that are working hard, but then when you step on that floor you’ve got to believe. You’ve got to have confidence. When they [Vanderbilt] shot the ball, they looked like guys who had confidence shooting the ball. We had some guys who played tentative offensively. You guys have seen me coach for a while now, and there’s not much I say offensively unless I see a guy being selfish, which we don’t have many guys being selfish. It’s effort, defense, toughness, is what I comment on, because I don’t want these guys to play tight offensively. I get on them about defense and effort and toughness and grittiness. It’s got nothing to do with offense. Offense is about confidence, and these guys know I’ve got confidence offensively because they work hard. But you’ve got to go out there and believe and make it happen.”

On meeting with the players individually to boost their confidence but not seeing results…
“I don’t know. I can’t shoot the ball for them. That’s something you’ve got to ask the players. We’re getting pretty good looks.”

On the difference between the beginning of SEC play and now…
“It’s been just a steady progression of a lack of confidence, which is something Frankie [Sullivan] has never lacked for. He plays hard, and he competes in all those things. He’s a guy who believes in himself, and I believe in him. He’s got to make it happen when he gets out there on the floor.”

On the goal for Wednesday’s game…
“To beat Tennessee.’

Auburn Senior Guard Josh Wallace
On how hard it is, being a senior to take these losses…
“Very frustrating. I mean I don’t even think words can explain, but you can’t dwell on it. You just have to go back and take a look at it. We just have to keep fighting. We had that stretch in the first half. We missed shots, and we did well on defensive end, holding them around 30 percent shooting. We just have to make shots.”

On missing 17 straight shots and what happens when they get into those slumps…
“I don’t know, I mean we’re getting good lucks, but we just have to step up with confidence and knock them down.”

On Coach Barbee saying this is a lot about confidence issues and if there is a lack of confidence…
“I mean hitting shots is just confidence, in my opinion. You just have to step up, believe in yourself and knock them down, and I guess we didn’t do that in the little stretch we had in the first half.”

On as the minutes go on in a bad stretch, does the pressure build up…
“I don’t think you dwell on it, during the game you really don’t dwell on the stretch. You want to go down and execute on offense and you want to get a stop. You can’t dwell on it during the game, that’s about the worst thing you can do. It’s frustrating, but like I said you just have to focus on the possession at hand. If you dwell on it, it will probably get worse so you just have to keep pushing forward.”

On the disconnect from practice to the floor…
“I don’t know, it’s just confidence. Hitting shots is all about confidence, that’s the bottom line. There’s no way around it, and I guess we just have to find that confidence when the lights come on.”

On doing well on defensive end…
“We got our rebound tonight, but we just have to get clean rebounds and push it. Sometimes we didn’t get clean rebounds and push it out. We had to play against their hard second half court defense. Hopefully, we can squash some offense from there.”

On games still being fun…
“We still have a chance in the SEC Tournament, we could swap out some games. It’s frustrating, trust me. It’s been frustrating but you can’t quit, you always have to go out and play.”

Auburn Junior Guard Chris Denson
On if he is trying to get any kind of spark offensively…
“Most definitely. With me having a two game slump against Ole Miss and Alabama, I tried to make my duty today and just come out and bring that extra spark. Especially since we had this slump in the first half by missing 17 straight and Coach just told me and the other players that we had to pick up our confidence level. You’ve seen me play, and I feel like I play with a lot of confidence, so in the second half we just had to come out and play with confidence.”

On what it’s like to be on the court with a 17 missed field goal slump…
“It’s frustrating but still at the same time, I think we messed up when we were making shots. We were defending well, but we gave up a lot of plays so we have to make sure they don’t score if we’re missing. We still held them to 30 percent in the first half, and you can’t do better than that. We just were off in the first half.”

On as the minutes go on in a bad stretch, does the pressure build up…
“I really can’t speak for everybody. Like Coach said, it’s all about confidence.”

On games still being fun…
“Of course it’s frustrating, having the season go like this but everybody has love for the game and everything is still fun. We don’t come to practice drooping our heads and things like that. We go out every game like we can win it.”

On there being any doubt creeping in because of the losses this season…
“There’s no doubt at all. If you look around the SEC, it’s getting kind of crazy. We saw Mississippi State beat Ole Miss today, so that means anybody can be beat. There’s no doubt at all.”



 

 

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