Vanderbilt vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

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Feb. 19, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On not being able to keep up with shots ...
"They made shots in the second half. We can give them credit there, but I thought our offense just made some horrible decisions. We had a team that didn't press us one possession, but we had 19 turnovers. We made the worst decisions with the basketball that I have ever seen in the second half. We had guys wide open on back doors and wide open on post ups. Our guys just had the ball taken right out of their hands. It is disappointing. We turned the ball over, and we didn't get scores in the first half, too, but we had stops. In the second half, we started to hang our heads, and we let our lack of offense and our lack of toughness in securing the ball and making good decisions affect our defense. We did a pretty good job of balling up with (John) Jenkins in the first half, but then all of a sudden we stopped doing that. So in the second half he shakes free and starts to get some good looks. But we give them credit; they're a good team. That's why they're a Top 20 team. Kevin (Stallings) did a good job. It's just disappointing to me that we let go of our rope in the second half because we had our opportunities."

On Vanderbilt's run to win after being tied at 42 ...
"We just had a lack of offense, and they are a very explosive offensive team. You could see that when they went on their run. They are a very offensive team. A guy that might not have a great first half could have a great second half, like (John) Jenkins did at Georgia when he didn't score in the first half and then came back with 21 in the second. These guys are a veteran team, and they play that way. They don't panic. They just do what they do. They made plays and they made shots. We just weren't very productive offensively."

#33 Earnest Ross, G, So.

On what caused the Vanderbilt run in the second half ...
"We broke down defensively and stopped playing. We let go of the rope and we could not get stops defensively which we could convert into offense and make plays. It put us in a hole and when you cannot score the ball and when your defense stops, it makes it hard to win a game. "

On having the same sort of stretch in every game ...
"Yes. That is the type of team we are and we know that. We have to continue to play scrappy. Coach says, `Even though we are going to go through stretches where we cannot score the ball, we cannot let that affect or break down our defense. We still have to continue to play defense and if we are not scoring, then we have to try to stop the other team from scoring.' "

On if Coach Barbee was more frustrated than usual ...
"It might have seemed like he was like that tonight but he is always like that. He is just trying to make us better and make us complete players. When he is doing that, we have to listen and try not to get down on ourselves. We have to continue to keep playing and if you are out, when you go back in, try to make plays and help the team win."

On the team is hitting a physical wall at this point in the season...
"Yes, a little bit. We have got wear and tear on our bodies, but it is around that time when either you quit, or you keep on playing."

#22 Kenny Gabriel, F, Jr.

On how the team can get back on track ...
"Keep practicing hard in practice, executing on offense, and getting stops on defense. That is all we can really do."

On how it would feel to beat Alabama in the next meeting...
"It would be real big because it is a great rivalry, and we just have to go over there and play hard."


Vanderbilt Locker Room

Head Coach Kevin Stallings

On making adjustments in the second half...
"I didn't think we had the same energy level in the first half that we've had in some recent games. Some of that is natural. I think you have a bunch of just really tough ones in a row, and at some point you're going to have a little bit of a let-down probably. We had one in the first half. We bounced back in the second half. It was not a case of taking them lightly. We knew they were going to be tough. We knew they would be good. I was really impressed with their crowd. They're having a tough season, and they really had a nice crowd today, I thought. They have a beautiful new facility here. We put some stuff together in the second half and started getting some stops, and we got behind their press a little bit. John (Jenkins) made some shots, and we got some layups. Our offensive started running more smoothly. Jeff (Taylor) made some plays for us in the second half, so it was a good day."

On settling for the jump shot too much in the first half...
"Fourteen 3s in the first half are too many. That means we only took seven in the second half and made five of them, so there you go. You take less and make more. That's probably how it usually works."

On making defensive changes in the second half...
"At halftime, we just told our guys everything they've done, with the exception of one 3-point shot by (Earnest) Ross has been right within six feet of the goal. We have to keep the ball on the perimeter and keep it out of the lane. We told them that before the game, too, but we just did a better job of it in the second half. (Festus Ezeli) got some blocked shots. He started patrolling the paint a little bit. Steve (Tchiengang) got some deflections, and that started making a difference."

On Jeffery Taylor's performance...
"He missed some shots again, but instead of letting it get to him, he kept playing, and he kept playing well. He kept defending well, and then he started making shots. He's such an important player for us, and it was really nice to see him bounce back and have success today. He had a tough night the other night at Georgia, and he was down about it. I'm really happy. He got a double-double, and that's pretty good on the road."

On Andre Walker's first game back in a couple of months...
"He looked a little rusty and a hobbled a little, but he has to get back in there some time. We decided today was going to be the day, for better or for worse. He went in and did a nice job. He held his hand on the ball. He was afraid of his ankle a little bit, but at the same time, he still gave us some good minutes."

On Kyle Fuller playing well lately...
"Kyle's doing a nice job. He didn't make his free throws as well as I would have liked, but he did a good job of protecting the ball and getting it to people. He got a nice layup on the break, and he had some deflections defensively. He's been playing better, and that's one of the reasons he's been playing more. It's funny how that works. You play better, you play more."

On playing Tennessee next in Nashville...
"We won't have to work at getting them ready to play, that's for sure. We had one over there (at Tennessee) that we thought we could have gotten and didn't, so hopefully we can rectify that on Tuesday."

On being only one of two Vanderbilt coaches to have six 20-win seasons...
"I'm honored. Anytime someone says my name in the same sentence with Coach (Roy) Skinner, that's an honor to me and a privilege to me. I don't deserve it, but I'll certainly take it."

#20 Jeffery Taylor, G/F, Jr.

On the first half ....
"We were pretty much settling for perimeter shots, and they weren't going in for us in the first half. So back in the locker room we said we were going to make a more conservative effort to attack the rim more, get the ball in the paint, and just finish."

On being tied and then making a 14- point run in the second half ...
"It was a huge four-minute war for us. We made a lot of shots and made big plays on defense. Getting the stops and rebounds on defense helped us transition up to offense."

On Andre Walker being back in the game ....
"He does a tremendous amount of things for us. He can take the ball up against the press, catch the ball in the middle zone, and distribute the ball to the scorers. Having Andre back means a great deal to us."

On Kyle Fuller being back...
"Kyle did a really great job on their point guard, got him to lose the ball, and really turned up the pressure. He helped our defensive effort a great deal."

On playing Tennessee...
"It's been a really good stretch for us, and we hope to finish it off well back at home."