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Feb. 1, 2012

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Quoting Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On the success of the zone defense...

"We have been playing well defensively. The last three games, we have held our opponents to under 40 percent shooting, which is a goal of ours. Tonight we held Georgia to under 30 percent, and it was much needed because we only shot 33 percent. We have to be better at rebounding and we have to get better offensively as individuals."

On holding Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to only six points...

"We wanted to stop not just him, but also their perimeter players with their strength offensively, so we wanted to limit what (Dustin) Ware, (Gerald) Robinson and Caldwell-Pope got because they are a fantastic threesome in the backcourt. Robinson got it going a little bit in the second half, but I thought we did a good job on Ware and Caldwell-Pope."

On the scoring run in the first half...

"We got off to a slow start offensively. It goes back to our defense. We continued to guard. Earlier in the season, when we only scored two points in the first nine minutes of the game, we could have been down 15 or even 20 to 2, but we continued to guard. We were able to break the ice on the rim. We were able to get it going. When we get stops on defense and play fast in the transition like that then that will lead to easy buckets and boy do we need to find a way to get some easy buckets."

On Varez Ward having two back-to-back double digit games...

"The rest that he got after he got kneed in the thigh at Arkansas was unintended but much needed. His legs have been fatigued. That rest seemed to give him more life and energy that I have seen him play with in a while. Attacking the basket has always been a part of his game, but that was taken away with the injury. I don't know if there was any magic to it, but it seemed to have given him so pop in his step that he has been missing for a while."

Quoting Auburn players

Kenny Gabriel, Sr., F.

On the game as a whole...

"That's what coach has been telling us everyday in practice and we've been doing a good job on defense. I mean we have a couple of break downs here and there, but besides the breakdowns we've been playing defense as hard as we can. We know that's the only way that you have a way to win, and that's what we've been doing."

On the importance of defense...

"We didn't score our first real field goal, maybe, in the first 10 minutes. Let's just say if Varez (Ward) didn't get fouled on those couple plays he got fouled on, and we didn't go down and play defense as hard as we've been playing, we'd probably be down 20-0, but that's what Coach has been telling us. Play defense as hard as you can."

On stopping Georgia's run in the second half...

"That's very important, because if you don't stop the run and let the other team get in your head and stop playing defense, then you're in for a long night. But as you've seen tonight, they got it down to under three, and then we started playing defense, and also got a fouled a few times, so that helped out a lot."

Varez Ward, So., G.

On attacking the basket...

"Honestly this is the best I've felt all year, going into this game. I had a few injuries earlier in the year, and now I'm able to show my real game, attacking the basket."

On resting after the Arkansas game...

"I think that definitely helped me. I had three days off, so that was huge for me, and coming into tonight I was going off the momentum I had in the Tennessee game as far as attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line. That's what I've pretty much been going off of these last two games."

On shooting...

"I've never really been a perimeter jump shot shooter. That's something that I'm continuing to work on, so that pretty much my game, to attack the basket."

Quoting Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox...

Opening statement... "We just didn't play well offensively, and I'm so frustrated that we let that affect our mentality. Even with our shooting we still had a chance to win the game. We just made so many unintelligent plays, and that is frustrating."

On their offensive play in the second half. "We got so frustrated, and we let our frustration affect our offensively play. We just felt like if we continued to play the game like we know how, that we had a chance to win it. We put ourselves in a position to win it with a one possession game. Every time we did that we did something to mess that up. You have to give Auburn credit because they got to the foul line in the second half. That was real key for them because I thought we were defending the field goals really well."

Quoting Georgia players

Gerald Robinson, R Sr., G.

On their overall performance... "It was disappointing, a loss. We just didn't come out with the fight that we needed to compete on offense and defense in order to win the game."

On keeping the game close... "They were up by ten, but we cut it down to five a couple times. We did get close, but we just had a couple bad possessions and let them kind of get out in front a little bit and get some cushion."

On moving forward... "We just have to compete harder. We just have to compete."



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