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Feb. 28, 2007

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Auburn 80, LSU 68

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

 

Associate Head Coach John Cooper

 

Opening statement...

"Obviously we did a good job taking care of the basketball.  I thought in the second half our energy was really good.  I talked to the team about the first half seeming as if we were just waiting for something to happen instead of going out and being aggressive and doing it ourselves.  We were able to knock down free throws down the stretch in the second half.  We only shot 64 percent for the game, but we made the ones that counted.  Obviously Korvotney (Barber) has been playing extremely well, 14 (points) and eight (rebounds), almost another double-double.  Of course Josh (Dollard) was able to give us 16.  We had some guys step up, Quantez Robertson at the two-spot with the rebounding and the toughness that he brings to our team and his ability to help other people defensively has really been important to this run.  It has really allowed DeWayne Reed to get into the lineup and to feel comfortable and to be able to push the pace."

 

On the importance of Auburn's inside game...

"That is extremely important.  Obviously Glen Davis is not in there, but anytime you can play from inside to outside, you have a chance to win.  It just makes the three-point shooting a little bit easier.  Not only that, but they also have to honor our inside game.  I think all of you would agree that Korvotney has been getting the ball inside, and he has been really good when he has the ball inside lately."

 

On when he found out that he would be coaching in place of Jeff Lebo...

"I got a text message from Dave Lebo around 1:15 or 1:30.  I did not know that he was not going to be here until I was driving in and I happened to call the office, and that was about five-something." 

 

On being nervous coaching the game...

"Obviously you have pre-game jitters.  I have always said even when I was playing that pre-game jitters means you are ready to play.  This is the second time he has done this to me, though.  I really appreciate him doing this."

 

On coaching a significant game...

"We were on our home court.  We had an opportunity to do something, an opportunity to get to .500.  We still have to go on the road and win another game.  I didn't really think about it.  I was just hoping that our guys would come out and play hard and compete.  You get to this point of the year, I think it one thig you understand that Jeff does an excellent job coaching.  I don't care if Korvotney was standing in that seat, he would have done the same thing.  It's just a matter of executing and doing the things that we have worked on all year.  Obviously we have played a lot better in the past three or four games.  Actually I thought it started at Georgia even though we lost."

 

On playing nine players...

"We want to play our guys.  I will tell you this, the hardest thing in moving over one chair to the left or the right depending on which way you are facing is to make sure you get guys in and get them in at the right opportunity and not mess up the flow that Jeff has been able to create over the past three games.  That is one of the biggest obstacles that I faced now, Frank getting in foul trouble, then we have to change it up a little bit and leave some people in there longer.  I thought if we could continue to pressure them a little bit in the backcourt, change our lineups and get some guys some minutes and work on their depth.  Garrett Temple does most of the ball handling for them.  Work on him and maybe that would give us an opportunity.  Heck, then they started going to Tasmin Mitchell, and we didn't seem to have an answer for that one."

 

On talking to Jeff Lebo after the game...

"I have not spoken to Jeff since yesterday actually.  I may call him tonight.  He may feel better.  If we had lost, I wasn't going to call him."

 

On the importance of the win...

"This is three SEC wins in a row.  Previous to that we hadn't even won two in a row.  I think the guys understand now what it takes to win.  They are playing with some confidence, and now it's just a matter of executing.  You always want to play well down the stretch of the season.  I think more than anything you are starting to see some young men that were freshmen last year and still to a certain degree they were freshmen at the beginning of this year.  They are starting to mature and they are starting to understand the little things that are necessary to win a basketball game and to compete in this league."

 

On playing for the Western division championship Saturday at Ole Miss...

"Since you are the first person to tell me that, obviously as I told these guys before in a timeout, you can't be afraid of success.  I didn't think we had enough energy early in the second half.  You have to go out and you have to grab it.  The same thing can be said for a championship.  This is what you play for.  This is what you practice for.  I have been fortunate enough to have been on the bench and win a couple of championships in my career.  More than anything, I want the guys to enjoy the moment and understand what's going on and not be afraid to grab it and go out and  compete and let the chips fall where they may."

 

On the Ole Miss game...

"They are a very good team first of all.  Their three guards played exceptional.  (Todd) Abernethy never turns over the ball.  I looked at his stats earlier this week, and if I remember, he had 154 assists and 45 turnovers.   That is a joke it's so good.  We have to go in there, and we know we are going to have to play well.  We don't do anything different.  We'll prepare the same way.  We'll go out and compete.  We know what it's going to take.  It is going to be hard for us to go in there and win.  This is going to be something new for this team that we have, but it is going to be something new for the team at Ole Miss as well."

 

On whether he is going to take Jeff Lebo to the Ole Miss game...

"I'll take his paycheck.  Hopefully he feels better.  From what I understand, our trainer went over and they gave him some fluids.  I think it's just a virus, but hopefully by Friday he will be able to go.  If not, I will take it tomorrow.  That is no big deal this time of the year, especially when we try to get him out recruiting.  That won't be anything new to us."

 

Sophomore Forward Korvotney Barber

 

On being tied for first in the West...

"We were just going through some things when we were in the slump. We got it back together and started to win with a three game winning streak. Being tied for first sounds really good right now."

 

On the team now compared to two weeks ago...

"We are a lot different. I think that we learned how to play together and what it takes to win. I think that is a big learning experience."

 

On playing without Coach Jeff Lebo...

"It was tough because we didn't hear him yelling or cussing."

 

On LSU without Glen Davis...

"I think that they (LSU) ran a little more. His presence was lost on their side because he is a big guy to hold. (Darnell) Lezare is a pretty good player, but he is no `Big Baby'. `Big Baby' is real big and he can score around the paint and he can shoot. It was a big difference not having him there."

 

On intensity...

"I think that we got comfortable winning the last two games. We were playing nonchalant. At the half, we went in and talked about how we need to start playing like we wanted to win a championship. We came out in the second half with a lot of intensity and we got the job done."

 

On boxing out in the second half...

"It was real important because they killed us in the first half out rebounding us 21-14.  We work on rebounding everyday in practice and we weren't boxing out that great in the first half. Coach Cooper said to not worry about the ball, just worry about boxing out. That is what we did in the second half."

 

Sophomore Forward Josh Dollard

 

On tied for first in the West...

"We weren't really surprised. At the beginning of the season, a lot of people doubted us. We felt that we could get the job done with the core group of guys that we have. Anything is possible if you work hard and do the right things."

 

On Saturday...

"It is exciting. At the same time, we just have to go in there and get the job done. We can't think about that right now because anything can happen. The league has been up and down all season. We need to stay focused and stay humble and get the job done."

 

On the second half...

"We didn't change too much; we just pushed the ball a little more. The first half, they really killed us on the offensive glass. The emphasis going into the second half was to box out. We got the job done, got some transition points and came out on top."

 

On Coach Cooper vs. Coach Lebo...

"There isn't much difference. Coach Lebo isn't as aggressive as Coop. Coop is a tough cookie. He'll get on you and tell you what you don't want to hear. Both are good coaches. I am glad to be playing for both of them."

 

On playing without Coach Lebo...

"We found out right before the game started that Coach Lebo wasn't going to be here. We have been through this last year against Arkansas. We lost last year, but we knew that we had to win tonight for him and we wanted to give Coop his first win as a head coach."

 

 

LSU Quotes

 

LSU Head Coach John Brady

 

Opening Statement...

"My first reaction is that right now with our team, we can't give up 80 and expect to win many games.  Our team right now, offensively, things have to go right for us. Sixty-eight points, I'd have taken that before the game was played and thought defensively we would have been a little bit better than that.  I told the team at half time that the 35 we scored was pretty good, but we needed to hold them to 30 or less to get the game winnable, and we weren't able to do that.  They made some threes, a couple deep ones.  We had a couple of opportunities at the free-throw line and couldn't convert.  That is about the game to me."

 

On if Auburn was different this game compared to last game...

"When they make timely threes like they did tonight, they can be a pretty good team.  They made timely baskets on us tonight.  I told Jeff (Lebo) after we played them the first time that I liked the flow of their team and the way they play together.  I think he has done a nice job, and when they shoot the ball like they did tonight it makes it a little more difficult."

 

On Magnum Rolle's play...

"I think Magnum is playing better since he has gotten some time.  He got in foul trouble tonight, and I probably should have put him back in the game in the second half. I didn't do that.  I think, since he has been getting time against Kentucky and minutes against Florida, he played well today. I think his confidence level is good right now.  Certainly, he needs to get stronger and improve in some areas, but I think the way he was three or four weeks ago to the way he is now, he has gotten some confidence and he is playing better."

 

Forward Tasmin Mitchell

 

On his playing...

"We've always been taught never to give up.  After half, we still came out with the intentions of winning the game.  I was open a couple of times, and I shot the three and made it.  There were guys on the sides wide open, and my team did a good job looking up.  I hit a couple of them for my team."

 

Guard Garrett Temple 

 

On defending Auburn...

"They're very difficult to defend, because their big guys can step out and shoot threes.  We haven't played a lot against that this year. Defensively, we didn't communicate as well as we could.  They had a couple of back cuts and a couple of good screens.  They aren't that difficult to defend, but their big men can shoot the ball from the outside.  Barber and Dollard scored inside for them, and we wanted to double team them as much as we could.  They post up and their team runs plays for them.  We just didn't defend them very well."