Western Kentucky 76, Vanderbilt 69 Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings Opening Statement: “We certainly congratulate Western Kentucky. They outplayed us and I’m not trying to take anything away from them. We’re not a very good basketball team right now. We have some time or practice coming up right here and we’ll work on it.”
On the new starting lineup: “You have to acknowledge effort or lack thereof. Your most talented guys, if they’re not playing with the effort that is needed, tears the fabric of the team apart. It’s not a team-wide thing. We’ve got guys giving great effort, but we have key guys not giving the effort we need.”
On first half of the season: “We’ve got to get better. We’ve had a tough stretch. Our 9 games were pretty tough. We were hoping to get through this one and couldn’t, but we’ve had a difficult stretch.”
On perimeter shooting: “They made better plays than we did. They didn’t want it more. Going into our first game, we had one of our guys was shooting over 50% from the 3 and 2 shooting from 47%. We never thought we would have shooting statistics we have right now. Confidence is a huge thing right now and we don’t have it. I’m not disappointed with the shot selection, but we just haven’t made them.”
On coaching choices: “If you’re going to have a good team, you need to know what to expect. I hoped we would win, but hoping isn’t good. Hoping isn’t everything. It’s up to the coaching staff to get it right. We have good kids, some played really, really hard. We’re coming off two hard losses and we were a broken mess after Illinois. We have two days to put it back together and on the third day, we played and we lost. We were a broken mess again tonight.”
On WKU’s offense: “A.J. Slaughter concerned us tonight. He did a lot of damage tonight. We’re not defending well and that’s our responsibility. A lot of that is lack of effort and lack of know-how. It’s kind of a precarious thing when you coach basketball because games come at you quickly. We’re at the end of a 4-game stretch and you know there is going to be some slippage, but this rocks what we’re trying to establish and build.“