Jan. 29, 2011
Auburn Locker Room
Head Coach Tony Barbee
On a strong start to the second half
"It was important, but it's like I told the kids we have to fight and be
tough through the drought offensively. I knew the drought was coming; the
kids knew the drought was coming. I thought we didn't let that affect us
mentally on the defensive end of the floor. They made the run with eight
minutes to go, and we didn't hang our heads and pout like it was over. I
thought our kids played to win today. Our defense was key in holding a
really good offensive team to 34%. I'm proud of our kids. This is a tough
place to play against a really good team."
On getting through the rough stretch to begin SEC play
"It's hard, especially with a young team, to go through the losses that we've
had while playing as well as we had. We had to keep them upbeat and
positive. The one thing we've done as a staff is to stay positive because
the players will feed off of you. It's great to get the win so they
understand I'm not just making them work and driving them without a reward
at the end."
On the team's mood after the game
"It was great. It feels good to get that bitter taste of losing out of our
mouth. It's something that we don't want to taste again, so we're going to
try to keep it going from here."
On coming out strong in the second half
"It was really good because you don't want to get down double digits coming
out of (the) Arkansas (game). Today, I think we came out with a little more
fight in the second half and got the `W'."
South Carolina Locker Room
Head Coach Darrin Horn
On the offense
"We've said from day one that there would be some games that felt like year
one and I thought it looked like it today. It looked like a young team that
somehow thought we had done something and thought it was an easy game. We
got off to a decent start and then we did not guard at all. We collectively
did not rebound well. We did not get the presence from some guys that are
important to us. Credit Auburn, they played terrific. They did a great job
inside against us especially. A team that was getting around 56 points gets
79 and they were getting to the foul line and making foul shots. They also
shot a much higher percentage than they have all year. So, credit them for
making the plays to win the game today."
"I don't think the loss had anything to do with offense. We made some shots
and got to the foul line. We had some put backs and we had that three
possession stretch where I think we had about six offensive boards. We just
did not guard anybody. We cut it to five and had a chance and then we just
let them come down three-straight times and score. After that, the lead was
back up in double digits. It had everything to do with defense."
On the upcoming road trips
"I'm not really worried about our games coming up. We'll be fine. I am more
worried about our team being focused on the things that they need to be
focused on. We had the expectation that there would be some bumps in the
road with a young team and it looked like it tonight. We are going to find
out a lot about them coming up here. We really want to be about the things
that we say we are. It doesn't mean we are going to win. We just did not
play South Carolina basketball today at all."
On the team's performance today
"The energy level was just not where it was supposed to be today. Coach
emphasized it in practice and we did not perform today."
On the post defense
"We were not moving our feet today. We need to play good post defense and we
have to box out."