Postgame Quotes vs. Texas A&M
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Auburn Quotes

Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On what happened in the second half...

"We couldn't make a shot. It is hard to win the game shooting 26 percent (in the second half). At the same time, we guarded fairly well and they shot 55 percent in the second half. We are not a very good team right now. I am not being a very good coach with this team. It is just disappointing."

On Frankie Sullivan struggling at point guard...

"There aren't any other options on this team other than Josh Wallace. It just makes it hard when people don't guard him because then you are playing 4-on-5 offensively. It is hard to get anything done at that point."

On making a lot of substitutions this game...

"Guys aren't playing well so they have to come out of the game. If they aren't going to defend, they are going to come right out of the game. If they aren't going to dive for loose balls on the floor, they are going to come right out of the game. If they don't pursue every rebound, they are going to come right out of the game. That is why."

On if the team is playing tight knowing they will come out after a mistake...

"It is not a mistake. Effort, hustle, desire, passion and energy are not mistakes. Forgetting a play or not getting where you are supposed to go are mistakes. Not coming up with loose balls or diving on the floor when it's around your feet, and they have three guys on the floor and you are standing at it, that is not a mistake. That is a lack of desire."

Is that something he would be willing to change...

"No. That is how I coach. They've known that since I recruited them. They have heard that since the first day of preseason. The guys that have been with me for two or three seasons have heard it every single game and practice. It is not a surprise."

On if there is anyone he can trust on the team...

"Collectively the effort is not good, and the leadership is not good. The leadership is back on the staff, and I told these players from day one, when the leadership comes from the staff, then you aren't going to be a very good team. It is when the players take ownership. I told them it doesn't have to come from these seniors, because obviously our seniors aren't doing it. They aren't taking ownership. It doesn't have to be your seniors. I am waiting for someone to grab it, and no one is stepping up."

On how he will go about these next few weeks...

"I am going to keep fighting, because that is what I am. I am going to find out who is going to fight with me."

Allen Payne

On how he played compared to the rest of the team...

"For myself, it really doesn't matter if we don't win, that's the only thing that matters. I talked to a few of the guys earlier this week, and the effort has to come with everybody, but it starts with the people that have been with coach for three years, and that's the seniors and me and Denson. We have to take that upon ourselves or we're going to stay in this rut."

On the difference between now and the start of SEC play...

"If I knew we were going to be sitting here with a loss, we wouldn't be sitting here 9-17. The biggest thing I can say is that it has to come down from the guys who have been here and know what Coach wants. That's all the explanation I can give you for that."

On if Coach is still connecting to the team...

"Absolutely, he's not going to give up on us, he's not that type of guy to just quit on anything. He's the most competitive person I've ever been around, and he loves us to much too just let us fall by the wayside. It's not him, it's not the staff, and we can't blame anybody but ourselves. It comes to a point where it's time to stop taking about it and start doing it."

On how he reacts to negative comments about Coach Barbee...

"He's not playing, his playing days are over. He's 40 plus, he's done. He's putting us in the best position possible for us to win, we just have to execute it because he's not playing. As good as they were as players none of these coaches are out there playing with us. We back Coach 100 percent, and we know he's not going to give up on us so we're not going to give up on him."

On a disconnect between how they practice and how they play in a game...

"Most practices we have pretty good effort and energy, I honestly don't know what happens when we hit the floor. That's the time when energy and effort, and the passion for the game should rise to a different level, not drop to almost zero. We practice hard. We have to come out and play that way."

On how hard it is to establish a good rhythm with a lot of substitutions...

"No because coach knows what he's doing. He's been here before, and he's won and every level that he's played and coach. We know that he's going to try to figure out the best way to put us in a position to win. Sometimes it can be tough, but we know we've got to go out there and execute and out short memory."

On if it's hard to establish a good flow when being taken in and out a lot...

"I got the two quick cheap fouls that were bad on my part, one was an effort foul and one was a little push off. It's not that hard, you've got to have a short memory."

On what it feels like to lose a lead...

"We didn't come to a huddle and say 'here it goes again', I don't think it was that. We started to knock down some shots, and then it got them going and then we had way too many break downs defensively. I had one at the end of the half that cut the lead to two for them that I didn't switch out on Elston Turner when I was supposed to. We didn't give up and get shocked, it was just they started making plays and we gave up."

Texas A&M Quotes

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

Opening Statement...

"It was a great character win. To have two guys come off the bench in Jarod Jahns and Blake Mcdonald and have quality units with everyone else giving great production, I was really proud of this team."

On the slow start...

"I thought we had great shots in the beginning, we just missed a lot of layups. We had great shots inside. If we weren't getting good shots we would've called a timeout, but I wanted to play through it. I knew there would be some times like that during this game, and fortunately that was the only segment that we struggled in."

On senior Elston Turner...

"When Elston Turner gets 20 points we win, but it's hard to get 20 when teams do a good job defending him. He shared the ball tonight and he had good support from everybody else."

Elston Turner, Senior, G

On overall feelings about tonight's game and how he played...

"We fought. We started down 12-0 and we didn't quit and we got a great work from everyone on our team. Blake McDonald stepped up and Jerrod Jahns stepped up. Our whole team stepped up. It was a great team effort."

On scoring 37 points against Ole Miss, scoring 21 tonight and how it has boosted his confidence and affected his game...

"I just try to do what I can for the team to win. Right now it's just scoring the ball, especially tonight since we didn't have Fabyon Harris and we needed other people to step up, and we did. I'm just trying to impact the game in other ways as well."

On playing from Big XII to SEC and traveling to other schools, the different feelings on the road...

"Not that much of a change. Basketball is basketball and it's always going to be different teams and different venues, you just have to learn to adjust to the game. That's the great part, you get to travel to great schools and great campuses and be in a lot of big-time basketball environments and it's a fun experience."

On the new starting lineup and why it was an issue in the beginning of the game...

"Not really, we just weren't making shots. Everyone is used to playing with each other, so it wasn't anything different. The shots just weren't going in, but once we got it going and settled down on defense, we were able to play off of it and once the game started going on we started hitting."

On how big Alex Caruso was tonight in the game...

"He was big. He was doing everything, running out transitions and getting steals and playing defense. Once he gets his jumper going, he's going to do fine. It was a great win, he played a great game. You don't really get to see freshmen with that much of a basketball I.Q. on this level and that's something special that he has."

On the bench play and how big it was in this win...

"It was big. They all played and they all prepared themselves. Blake and Jarod have been working hard, they are the hardest workers on the team so we knew that they were going to be ready and produce. They played a great game."

Alex Caruso, Freshman, G

On saying that he grinded out this win tonight being an understatement...

"Yeah, the quote for this game was, 'The time is now' and I think I just really took that into effect going through pre-game and mentally preparing. I think that I just came out with a grinding attitude and grinding out, especially on the road because you always have to have that mentality."

On how tough the team is to beat when Elston Turner is on his game...

"When he's on, it's hard to just beat him by himself. This team with him, with Fabyon Harris when he gets better and the things that the post can do, it's a talented team. It just all comes down to us getting stops because when we're making shots, it's really fun to play with and it's really hard to stop."

On how big the bench play was for this win...

"The bench, for you all it might seem like a surprise, but for us we see it every day in practice. We see them making the plays, making the hustle plays, handling themselves and I think them coming out proved the toughness of our team and the completeness that we have. We can rely on anybody to come in, like Blake McDonald who's only had about three minutes all year and Jarod Jahns and Jordan Green. I think they bring something special for us." On what it's going to take to get the momentum going for the game this weekend against Tennessee...

"I think it's just belief. Believing in ourselves and we just have to go out and put it on the floor and make it happen."

On scoring a career-high 14 points, being a freshman how he feels about upcoming games...

"Each game is kind of a fresh start for me. I can do a couple different things with the skillset that I have. Whether it's scoring 14 points or throwing out however many assists, getting a steal, taking a charge. Whatever I have to do for that game to get the win is kind of what I focus on."