Auburn vs Victory - Post Game Quotes

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Oct. 30, 2012

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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On his thoughts on the game...
"I think it is the first time we have scored 100 since I have been here, so that is a good sign. Offensively, we have some guys that can put the ball in the basket and that makes the game easier. I know this, defensively, we are light years from where we need to be and it is mainly the new guys. They need to understand it isn't about gambling and trying to get a steal. It is about being in the right position and being disciplined defensively. We have a chance and we have some athleticism. We should rebound better this year and we should score better. If we can get to the level defensively where we have to be, we can turn the corner."

On having more talent on this team this year...
"There is more talent, but that doesn't mean we are going to win more. We have to get those young guys to understand the little things that make the difference in this level. I always tell them we want to hit singles and not always go for the home runs. Right now, all of those guys want to hit home runs defensively trying to always get the steal. There was too much of that tonight. There is more talent out there but it is unrealized talent. We have to help these young guys. We have a good core of veterans that know what to do. They are in the right position and they are executing, but that can't do it by themselves, so we have to develop these young guys quickly."

On having veterans to help the young guys...
"It is great and they have really bought into it. They can't do it themselves and they know that. We need them in order to turn that corner. These guys have done a great job doing it and that is part of building a program when your veterans are teaching your young guys. We haven't had that since I have been here. Now that is the case because these guys have been with me for two plus years. These guys are finishing my sentences before I get them out of my mouth. It is what seniors do and what happens when seniors have been around for as long as I have. They are doing a great job of setting the tone in practice every day and teaching and helping me coach these young guys."

On Shaq Johnson's play tonight...
"He did miss one free throw. Leave it to the coach to pick out the negative. He played well though. He is one of those guys that brings a different level of athleticism to the court. He can make athletic basketball plays. We have maybe had one guy who can do that since I have been here in Kenny Gabriel. He is a guy that is electric. I know the fans are excited about Shaq, but he has to grow defensively. He does a lot of ball watching. He got backdoored three or four times. We are working with him to correct that to help him grow as a player."

On being more consistent at the free throw line...
"It has been a big emphasis every year and that isn't going to change. We have to go to the line and step up and make free throws. 68 percent is not going to get it done."

On having tough perimeter defense...
"You saw that I played the younger guys in the second half and we got out of position. We were gambling and we started ball watching. We just have to grow defensively with these young guys. Those are the growing pains with these young guys. They have the ability to do things offensively."

On Rob Chubb's performance...
"That was a great effort by Rob. The other team didn't have a lot of size, but sometimes that is harder when you have smaller guys nipping at your ankles. Rob has put in a lot of hard work during the past two years. In my opinion, he has a chance to be an All-SEC player this year. I keep going back to that it is not what I believe. It is what he believes. He has done the work to do that, now does he have the belief to do that. He has to do it not against the Victory's of the world but also the upper-echelon SEC games. He has the talent level to do it. He has put the work in to be able to do it."

On Jordon Grainger's performance...
"Jordon was good. He is going to be good for us coming off the bench because he gives us legitimate size. He gives us great energy. He is not what you would call a skill player. His skill right now is how tough he plays. He has to learn the nuances of this level in order to compete."

On Brian Greene...
"The point guard position is the hardest position to learn and grow into at this level because there is so much on your shoulders, especially when you are playing that position for me because you have a lot of responsibilities. I am sure his head is spinning right now, but there is not one person on this team that works harder in practice or in the film room than him. He wants to be great. He will get it in time. That's the best part about having a senior point guard in Josh Wallace. I know what I am going to get from him every day. Now it is his job to tutor Brian Greene and Jordan Price at that position. From day one to right now, Brian Greene has come light years in terms of understanding how to play this position."

Auburn Player Quotes

Robb Chubb, C, Sr.

On being a veteran...
"It's been real great. The freshman are all great and they're just ready to go. We got leadership, we've got veterans that have been here and been through the war, so we're going to shelter them, keep them on the right track and so far they're picking it up. Practice is great and games are looking great. It's going to be a great year."

On his confidence...
"Yes. Going one-on-one in the post against Asuan (Dixon-Tatum), he's big, long, 7 feet tall with a 7'3 wing span, so throwing it over him is hard. You have to find your angles and create shots, which is something new for me, because I've been able to hook shot it over most opponents. It's helped broaden my game and push me out to the 15 foot shot a little bit which is good."

On Coach Barbee...
"Coach Barbee is a real intense guy. Until you pick it up you're going to be in the dog house a little bit. You're going to have to sit there and weather the storm, but these guys are picking it up quicker than most freshman do and that's why got their playing time and you saw what they did with it. It's going well. Defense, like he said, it's a new system, it's hard one to pick up. It's a lot of help. It's not like high school. College is all about help and helping out your team.

On his first year with Coach Barbee...
"Sophomore when he first got here. We were just the kids thrown out into the pit and it was survive or die. I was thirty pounds lighter with no experience and I maybe played four times my freshman year. All of a sudden you're thrown into the pit, you're starting, and you're playing most of every game. We've come together as a team, veterans have. We've gotten down to knowing you have to play hard nose and get in the other teams face and make the other team mess up. It's intensity the whole game, and with that type of leadership the freshman coming in are starting to learn that intensity. With the skills and intensity that they have, the sky is the limit."

Jordan Price, G, Fr.

On his first game...
"It was exciting to get out there for the first time since preseason. We've been going through a lot of practices and it's been hard, but Chubb said it best, we've just been pushing through and they've been helping us out and showing us the way. To get out there for the first time was just exciting for me and the rest of the freshman class."

On playing as freshman...
"We just try to go out there and work hard and play hard like our theme. In practice we actually play on the same squad, so we're all very familiar with each other. What you saw out there was just something that we do in practice."

On Barbee's defensive style...
"His defensive style is really new for me and the rest of our freshman class, so we've just been in practice trying to adjust and take it all in and the vets have been helping us also. The toughest part is everything really. It's just starting a new slate like when you come to college on the defensive class. It's a new coach and a new system."