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Feb. 24, 2008

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Head Coach Jeff Lebo

Opening statement...
"I'm proud of the team. We made adjustments and handled the pressure well. Our main goal was to stop Mykal Riley and Brandon Hollinger, and we were able to do that. It was a good effort overall, and we are happy to get a win at home."

On Auburn's rebounding...
"Quan Prowell had a great game rebounding. Everybody did well in the second half, getting guys around the ball. We knew we had to be aggressive and have as many guys around the baskets as possible to be effective."

Senior guard, Frank Tolbert

On last career game against Alabama...
"It definitely feels good to beat Alabama the last time. My first two years at Auburn were tough, but we have been able to beat them the last three out of four times we have played them. That just shows we have been improving as a team, and it does feel good to win this last game (against Alabama) at home in front of our fans."

Senior forward, Quan Prowell

On his overall play...
"I got in some foul trouble early and that was a little frustrating, but coach told me at half time to be aggressive shooting the ball. So I did that second half, and I was able to make some baskets."

Sophomore guard, Lucas Hargrove

On first start of the season...
"Coach told me five minutes before the game (that I was starting), and I had to go out there and play my game; I did not want to disappoint him. It does not matter if I start or if I come off the bench, I am still going to do everything I can to contribute to the team."

Alabama Quotes

Head Coach Mark Gottfried

Opening statement...
"First off, Lucas Hargrove and Quan Prowell played great. Especially Lucas Hargrove, we were not expecting that kind of game out of him. As the game went on they hit a lot of big shots and we missed a lot of open shots. They did a good job of taking Richard Hendrix and Mykal Riley out of the game. In the end they hit big shots and we did not."

On success of Auburn's offense...
"They ran a lot of pick and roll and pick and pop. That was hard for our big guys to defend and also our guards just didn't rotate well so they got a lot of open shots and knocked them down. That is what cost us the game, them hitting shots and us not."

On defending Richard Hendrix...
"They played a triangle and two defense that puts three guys down low and left the guards open. So, there wasn't a lot of room for him to put up shots or for our guards to get the ball to him. This defense dares the guards to knock down open shots and we didn't."

On losing three of the last four games against Auburn...
"When I first got to Alabama the program was on an up-hill battle. I feel that we turned the program around and won a lot of the games against Auburn. Last season, they won both which was hard on the team, but this season we split the series so, it isn't that bad."

Junior Forward Richard Hendrix

On his performance...
"They had great pressure on the ball. I was missing a lot of shots that I would normally make. They were making it really tough to buy a basket in the paint. I have to give them a lot of credit."

On this being his toughest game this season...
"It was one of the rougher games this season but you have to move on and learn from it."

On guarding Quan Prowell...
"The stuff that they run it makes it difficult to guard Quan. We have to do a better job of adjusting and knowing what we are supposed to do."

On season goals...
"We just want to win. You should never come out to play a game and not want to win it. The goals should never change."

Senior Guard Mykal Riley

On guarding Auburn from the arch...
"They were doing the pick and roll and pick and pops. They were making great shots. Hargrove made some great shots. We were just switching and trying to make the necessary adjustments.

On Lucas Hargroves performance...
"We did not expect Hargrove to make the shots he made. He played a great game"

On the teams overall performance...
"We just did not have it today. You cannot harp on it too much; you just have to move on."