Arkansas vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes
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Feb. 26, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On the last few possessions...
"In that moment of the game, execution is very important. We executed our tails off offensively down the stretch. We executed our tails off defensively down the stretch, except for the very last play. We broke down."

On what happened on the last play...
"We were switching everything and we had a guy that didn't switch. I told the guys even though that play happened, we lost this game a long time ago because of the way that we started. We started slow and know you find yourself trying to dig yourself out of a hole. I'm proud of the guys for the way they fought back, but if you're a little better offensively then we're out digging ourselves out of a hole the entire game. We are up seven at half, ten at half, or fifteen at half. I'm proud of the guys for the way they fought back, but we lost this game way before that last play when our execution broke defensively. Give them credit they executed a well-run offensive play."

On missing uncontested layups...
"Have we seen that before? Is that something new? We have seen it all year long. Offensively, we are what we are. We are challenged, but it is nothing different. We've done it all year long, but there is no quit in this team. That is what we have to be about as our foundation. We are coming at you and if we lose it is because we ran out of time, not because we gave up, and our team has done that all year long. I am proud of them for that."

On the team's effort at the end of the game...
"We executed great down the stretch and for the better part of the game. We couldn't come up with any loose balls. They got every loose ball, every loose rebound, but over that last ten minutes, we got every loose rebound and every loose ball. We made the plays. We made the stops. We made the plays offensively to give ourselves a chance. When your margin of error is very small, all it takes is one play to break down, and we broke down on that last play."

#22 Kenny Gabriel, F, So.

On defense at the end of the game ...
"We knew we had to go in there and get stops. On the last play, we were switching on every player. Chris Denson got caught behind them at that opened the little slip pass and they scored on that last play. ."

On ending the season with a win ...
"We want to just thank the crowd. We want to let them know that we will always come out and play hard for them and we really want to win the final regular season home game."

#11 Josh Wallace, G, So.

On late game pressure put on Arkansas ...
"The home crowd was behind us so there was no pressure on us. We knew that every time down on defense we needed to get a stop and on offense we had to come down and execute. So, there was no pressure on us and we came up with some big defensive stops down the stretch."

On his end of half shot and end of game shot...
"I just guarded Julysses Nobles and we got the stop. Then I came down and heaved it up and we got the goaltending. Then at the end of the game we knew we had to get a stop, but we got mixed up when Rotnei Clark came off a down-screen. That last shot is something that we actually practice before every game so I thought it had a good chance to go in. It hit the back board and it was almost in.

On Arkansas ...
"They are a good team. Rotnie Clark is a knock-down shooter. Hat is off to them, they came up with the win. I feel that we could have got this one, but we let it slip away."

On back-to- back loses ...
"It is draining. We want to win but it hurts, especially the last one against Alabama. You really want that one when you play for Auburn. We just need to watch film and learn from them and get ready for Ole Miss on Wednesday."

On Rotnie Clarke ...
"He is a pretty good scorer. He put it on the ground a few times and executed the one-two dribble pull-up shot. When you strap up to guard him, you really have to be ready. It is a full-time job."

On ending the season for the win ...
"It would be great. We really appreciate the crowd for coming out and supporting us through this rough season. It would be great to give them a win and be able to finish right at home."

On getting out rebounded ...
"It is about boxing, being nasty and just wanting it. They out played us in the first half and got down by 7. When the shot goes up you have to find your man, put a body on them and go get the ball. They were going through us and getting the ball."


Arkansas Locker Room

Head Coach John Pelphrey

Opening statement ...
"Well we are very fortunate with the win. I thought we played very well to start the game with our defense and our rebounding. We actually scored the ball toward the end of the first half. We just missed some easy plays and weren't able to finish off some free throws. Then we had a bad play there where we went too early on the last shot. Then we actually turned it over and they got one and made another bad play by goaltending the ball. Second half though we came out and got a pretty good start there. We got it out to about twelve or thirteen again. Foul trouble obviously hurt us. I thought our defense in the second half fouled too much and gave up some easy baskets, but you have to give a lot of credit to Auburn. They are very much improved from the last time we played them. We knew it was going to be a battle in this building. Auburn is the type of team where when they get behind they start to play harder. It's really a tribute to the coaching and the character of those kids. We are very fortunate to win the last play."

On coming up with the play during the timeout ...
"We talked about a couple of things as a staff. We talked about what was working and what wasn't working and how we could create a shot for ourselves and the best chance to score. We thought once about putting Rotnei (Clarke) with a high-ball screen out there. Then they made us trap him. We just ran one of our plays. The biggest thing for us coming out of that timeout was to make sure we managed the clock enough so if we did score or didn't have a chance to tip it in, or if we did score not to give them to much time and we were able to do that. "

On how well you executed the play...
"Those guys did it to perfection. They really did. Rotnei (Clarke) set it up great. Delvon (Johnson) screened. We have to go back and look, but I don't know if they swished it. Julysses (Nobles) probably ended up making a longer pass than I would have liked. I would have liked it to be a little bit closer to the three-point line. He threw it hard and Delvon (Johnson) got it. Somebody was trying to get up underneath him, but he wasn't having it. He chinned the ball and went right to the basket."