Alabama vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes
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Jan. 22, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On scoring...
"We can't score. I thought we played hard. I thought we played tough. We out rebounded a really good rebounding team, but we can't score. We played well enough defensively to win the game, but we need to score. I hate losing more than I like winning."

On the team's progress...
"I think we're close. They're competing, playing hard, and we're playing tough in spots. I have some other guys that don't quite understand how tough you have to be. Whether it's the playground, the backyard, a one-on-one game against your buddy, competing and competing to win in this only thing that matters. We did that in spots. Just like the Florida game, we played well enough to win, but we just have a problem getting the ball into the hole."

On the players performance...
"They all competed. Every single one of them competed in spots. We had some guys break down in some crucial spots, and that cost us the game. We had some foul trouble. We struggled to score, so I was trying to go offense defense on some guys. There are some guys that can score better than others, so that's why the rotation was what it was tonight."

On the crowd's support...
"The crowd was great. The crowd was electric. I don't just need them here for the Alabama game. That's an obvious one, but If we're going to make this a top 20 program then they'll come every game, regardless of who we're playing. Hopefully our fans understand and see that these kids are giving it everything they have and playing unbelievably hard, and they need to be rewarded with a crowd like that every single game if this program is going to get to that level and the level I know they all want to."

#33 Earnest Ross, G, So.

On the offensive struggles tonight...
"All the defensive stops that we get, we have to convert that on the offensive end by scoring the ball. Tonight we didn't have enough guys scoring the ball. That made it tough to keep up with them because every time they scored, it made tougher on our offense and it put more pressure on our offense to score the ball and we weren't converting. When we get the chance to make plays, we didn't have enough people to make plays tonight."

On staying in the game until the end...
"You have to play through the horn. When the buzzer ends, that's when the game is over."

On Alabama's defense...
"Their defense was pretty good. They pressed us earlier in the game which caused a lot of turnovers, put pressure on our point guards and our two-guards, and made us turn the ball over a lot. That's a thing that we're continuing to work on in practice and we're going to continue to work on in practice, so when we get in game situations it will become natural."

#22 Kenny Gabriel, F, Jr.

On losing the game with such a big crowd...
"It was very disappointing because with a crowd like that, they helped us a lot through the whole game. To see all of their support, we just didn't want to let them down. Knowing that we let them down, all I can say to them is we appreciate y'all coming out and hopefully y'all will come back and we'll have a crowd like that the next home game. We're going to continue to keep fighting and we just have to keep executing our offense so we can pull out these victories."

On the offensive game getting closer to being where they want it to be...
"We're really close, we just have to get a screen here, make a shot here, and we need to start getting some and-ones on the offensive end when we're close by the basket. We need to put it in the rim and just be tougher."


Alabama Locker Room

Head Coach Anthony Grant

Opening Comments
"First of all I am very happy to get the win today. I thought coming into the game today, watching Auburn on film, trying to get their first win in the league, but what I think it is so impressive is how hard they play and the way they have defended throughout the SEC season. We knew coming in that it would be a battle. We knew coming in it was somewhat of a perfect storm for them with the emotion that was on campus today, and a sold out arena. I am just really proud of our guys for their perseverance and our resilience that we showed. We talked about it before the game that we had to play for 40 minutes and that it was going to be a challenge and there were going to be periods that we didn't play that great and we would have to overcome some adversity and we did that. I am really proud of the effort, and I thought we really locked down on the end of the stretch and we did the things offensively and defensively to get the win."

On how the team was able to keep the lead and keep the pressure off...
"I thought all of our guys did a great job. I think us going with Andrew Steele at power forward, he was able to match up pretty well from a defensive standpoint. He is a veteran guy, even though he hasn't had much time on the court because of injuries. He has a high basketball IQ, and he knows what he has to do defensively to get the job done. I think our guys really picked it up in the last 10 minutes from a defense standpoint.

On free throws at the end...
"Our guys really stepped it up and made plays. I really don't know what to say, other than that I am proud of the effort and I am proud of the way we played. I felt that every guy that stepped up there did it with confidence. It was great to see Chris Hines to step up. I think we all know that he has struggled at the free throw line and he made some big ones and some timely ones. Really everyone contributed."

On maybe becoming overconfident...
"When you are dealing with 18 to 21 year olds, you never really know. I think this game was a character win because of the emotion coming off of Tuesday night. You have so many distractions with people patting you on the back with that win. Now to regroup with another emotional game in this environment with everything that is going on. When I talk about the perfect storm that is part of it. I was really proud of our guys for being able to lock in and persevere and get this win today."

#1 Jamychal Green, F, Jr.

On the defensive stretch at the end of the game that held Auburn scoreless for four minutes ....
"We just locked in. Starting out the game, we were not doing what we were supposed to be doing on the defensive end. Like Coach Grant said, `Down the stretch we did what we had to do to get the win.' "

On how he was being more active offensively in the second half...
"I was not worried about touches, I just wanted to win. I knew when I got the ball that I had to be aggressive, and when they were double-teaming me I had to make a quick move."

On how different the team is from a year ago...
"Well we are finishing games. We know what we have to do. Getting key stops, playing together, and fighting through adversity."

On scoring his 1,000th career point...
"I did not know that, but I guess that is good."

#21 Senario Hillman, G, Sr.

On how good it feels to get his first win at Auburn....
"It feels great to get my first win at Auburn. I am just going to enjoy the day, enjoy the win, and get ready for LSU."

On the defensive stretch at the end of the game that held Auburn scoreless for four minutes ...
"We hang our hats on the defense end, and we knew that we had to get stops. Everybody was focused, and we just got stops."

On playing eighteen minutes in the second half...
"I am not concerned about starting, I just want to play and do what I have to do to help our team win."