Jan. 6, 2008
Head Coach Jeff Lebo
"Xavier just shot the ball really well. I was proud of the run we had at the beginning of the second half, but they answered like a good team does. We didn't get a lot of looks inside, and we didn't shoot well on the perimeter."
On zone defense...
"We played a lot of zone and forced them to shoot outside, but they just made a lot of baskets. I was proud of our defense. We just ran out of gas at the end."
On Xavier's shooting...
"We really couldn't stop them. They were hitting every shot. They were 16-of-26 from 3-point range, and they were perfect from the free throw line. We have to work on making our shots inside and outside."
Junior Guard Rasheem Barrett
On second half run...
"We made a good run. We shot the ball tremendously well as a team, and we can take this game and learn from it. We played intense defense in the first five minutes of the half. We really wanted to come out strong."
On Xavier 3-point shooting...
"They obviously practiced 3-point shooting before the game, and they shot really well throughout the game. It was frustrating for us because we played good defense, but all of their shots were falling."
Junior Guard Quantez Robertson
On going into SEC play...
"Xavier is on the SEC level, and this was a good game to measure up against. We need to execute better and play sounder defense. We will play in the SEC like we should have played against Xavier."
Head coach Sean Miller
On the way Xavier responded to Auburn's 11-0 run...
"It was very exciting how we responded after Auburn's 11-0 run. B.J. Raymond stepped up with some big three pointers. Then we went on to our own 13-0 run."
On Auburn's defense...
"Auburn went with a zone in the first half and we took advantage of it by hitting our three's. We had to adjust to their different strategy in the second half where they tried to take away our deep ball because we were making our shots. Then we started to work inside more. We are a team that wins with balance. We have been shooting the ball at an amazing rate. It was great to go on the road and pick up a win against an SEC school."