LSU vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

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Jan. 8, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On the first half....
"I thought it was a combination of LSU playing great defense and us missing shots. I thought we got some great looks in the first half. Eight percent, I don't know what kind of defense could hold a team to eight percent shooting. I thought we were stagnant early on against the zone. I was begging and pleading them to move the ball and bodies quicker. Even with that said, we tracked because our offense is designed to get the ball as close as we can to the rim the majority of the time. We missed 23 layups tonight. You're not beating anybody when you get the ball five feet within the rim and miss 23 layups. A lot of that was us, and a lot of that was LSU, because they challenged at the rim. I told the guys that I was proud of them for the comeback, but really it was irrelevant. When you dig yourself that big of a hole, you are going to expend so much energy trying to come back that it is going to be hard to get over the hump, and that is what happened to us."

On Earnest Ross in the second half...
"He made shots, but it is like I told the guys, just because you made shots don't think you played well. It is easy to make shots when it doesn't matter. It's hard to make shots when the game is on the line or when it is 0-0 and every shot you take matters. When you are down 30, it is easy to make shots because the basket doesn't matter, so now you play free. It is just disappointing on our SEC home opener, with a great crowd, that we came out with that lack of energy. We are going to have to let this go, because we have a quick turnaround for our game Tuesday going to Kentucky."

On not scoring in the first half getting to the players mentally...
"It is momentum. Momentum is big in basketball. It can work your way and work against you. The more shots we missed, the more we hung our heads, and you can't do that."

 

 

On Frankie Sullivan not playing tonight...
"Obviously not making any excuses, but you have seen the effect that he has on our team in those categories of toughness and intensity. It is contagious. That is what he brings to our team. After the Florida State game, his leg has been really bothering him. You can see his production has gone down through the four games he has been back. It was way down against Florida State, because his knee is swollen. He has a lot of pain in that knee. He tried to warm it up tonight, but he just couldn't tolerate it. It takes a guy off the floor that really knows how to play. Not that he was averaging 30 points a game or anything, but his leadership brought a lot to our team. When you take that off our team, you see what happens to us. We were lost out there so other guys have to step up and come along. It is what it is. If he can go or not, other guys have to step up and play, and we didn't have that tonight."

On if Frankie will play against Kentucky...
"It is a day by day or game by game case. It just makes it hard because he is limited in practice, and he can't go all the time. We're going to see what he can do over the next couple of days, and it will be a game time decision."

On if Frankie can still be redshirted...
"It is still a possibility. He hasn't gone over the number of games. If it gets to that point, we will obviously look into it then we'll obviously we'll look into that, but it was just disappointing that he couldn't go because he means so much to this team."

On if he had ever been a part of a first half like the one tonight...
"Shooting eight percent and only six points? No. That is not the type of records I want to set."

33 Earnest Ross, G., So.

On the first half...
"Mentally, it hurt us a lot. This was the first SEC game for a lot of guys being put into a situation like that, it really hurt us. Coach kept telling us that we have to fight back and we can't let this effect how we play. We can't do this in front of our home crowd. We have to come back in the second half."

On what they talked about at halftime...
"We talked about trying to come back and try to win. There is only so much you can do. They had a good lead on us at halftime, and it seemed like the harder we fought, the harder it was to come back."

On ever being a part of something like this...
"Never before. It was tough. This year we were down by 20 or so, but we came back. It was very tough situation to handle."

On what they need to improve on most before the Kentucky game...
"We all need to stick together mentally. This isn't the time where we need to break a part as a group and get down on this game, because we have another one coming up. You can't just dwell on one game, and you have to continue to play."

On if the second will carry over to the next game...
"On a positive note, it can carry over. Most importantly, we can never let that happen again."

On if they will try to pick apart the first half or forget about it...
"We will probably look back and pick it apart. We already know what we did wrong, but we will probably look back and look at film. We have to move on and focus on Kentucky."

22 Kenny Gabriel, G., Jr.

On the team's second half performance...
"As a team we have to come out with fire like we did in the beginning of the second half, at the beginning of the game, so you won't have a big deficit like that. We have to come out stronger like we do to start the second half every game."

On what caused problems in the first half...
"They were just running a zone, and we didn't make enough plays."

On pressing in the second half...
"We were just trying to speed them up, and get them uncomfortable. It hurts everybody when we do that, because we all start to lose energy. If we come out with intensity at the beginning of the game, we wouldn't be in that situation."

On if they will try to pick apart the first half or forget about it...
"After you look at it, you have to forget it. If you look back and dwell on it, you never know against Kentucky, with 26 or 27 thousand fans, you can get down by 30 easily. We need to play our game, not their game."


LSU Locker Room

Head Coach Trent Johnson

On way the game finished ...
"This is an SEC team with good players and are well coached. In the first half, we were very good defensively with a combination of their defense and us missing some shots. In the second half, we didn't handle their pressure very well, but our kids kept their composure and found a way to win. This is a good win for this team."

On holding the lead on the road in an SEC game ...
"We've been there before. We've came up short where we had to sustain and play two good halves. We got off to a good start in the second half. I think we scored the first five points, and they were relaxed and thought this was going to be easy, and that's just human nature. We haven't had a chance to enjoy a win in a long time, and this is our first big win for this group, and we're going to enjoy this win and worry about Arkansas tomorrow."

On how the win will be celebrated ...
"Probably get on the bus, have food and go home. I'll sit on the bus and do what I normally do. We're still smiling. I'm just happy for this team. We have a great group of kids. Somebody brought it to my attention that out of 345 Div. I teams, we're #326 in terms of having the youngest team in college basketball, and I think Auburn is #311 or something like that. So this is good for us."

#21 Matt Derenbecker, Forward, Freshman

On hanging on ...
"There was no doubt in our mind they were going to come out and put that pressure on us. It's league play, no one wants to lose. The strongest survive when it comes to the full-court press. We had to be mentally tough to handle that run whenever the crowd got into it, and the game started to get away from us."

On Auburn only scoring six points in the first half ...
"They didn't shoot well in the first half, but I have to give credit to our defense. We've been stressing point-of-attack defense since we went to a zone. We were talking all the time. We knew where they all were at all times."

#3 Garrett Green, Forward, Junior

On turning back Auburn's second-half rally ...
"Not once did I second-guess myself during the game. During practice, we've been pushing really, really hard. We want to win so bad as a team. We came out and put everything out on the court. We came out with a win."