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Victory vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes

Nov. 5, 2011

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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee

On tonight's game...
"I thought we played well. I like where we are in a lot of facets in the game. I like our intensity. I like where our defensive pressure is. We just need to be more consistent possession by possession playing that hard. You can't have four guys playing at a certain level defensively and then have one guy break you down because he isn't playing at the same level. We have to clean that up as we look towards next Friday. Defensively I like where we are. The press that we have in place is making us more aggressive. We have to be better offensively, but we are working a lot of new pieces from last year. We have a lot of shot makers that aren't making a lot of shots right now. Guys have to get in here on their own time and get in some shots to get better. The one thing about this year that I like is that we have a lot of depth. We have a lot of lineups that we can play. We can play small, big or in-between. When you have that many interchangeable parts, you are able to play harder for a longer period of time."

Chris Denson, So., G

On Auburn's full-court pressure ...
"It's something that we have been working on. We have a new press attack that causes turnovers and gets us out and running. Today we did a scouting report, and we saw that they have a lot of turnovers. We reiterated in practice that we need to press a lot and force the turnovers, and it worked. Fortunately we came out with good buckets."

On preparations for upcoming season ...
"Defense and conditioning. The press had us kind of tired. We got a little lazy. Therefore our defense slipped, like Frankie (Sullivan) said, and we gave up a lot of open threes. They missed a lot of shots, but when we play schools like Vanderbilt and Kentucky, they're not going to miss those shots. We need to get into game shape and keep improving on defense."



Frankie Sullivan, Jr., G

On improvement from the first exhibition game ...
"In the first exhibition I was really just trying to find my shape. A lot of my moves are getting to the basket and using my legs, so I'm happy with where they are right now. I played OK in this game. I'm still not satisfied with myself. It's the type of guy that I am. I don't feel that I was helping out my team enough as I should have. I was missing my stances and my defense is not where I wanted it to be either. I think that if I don't bring it then my teammates are looking to me to get it done, and that's something I need to pick up from these two games."

On whether exhibition games are enough preparation for the upcoming season ...
"Yes, they do. The teams we play are good, and they come prepared and play hard. We lack sometimes on offense and defense, or sometimes we don't do what Coach (Barbee) goes over in practice, and that practice helps. We gave up some wild jump shots and some we didn't even defend. We need to build on that, and hopefully next Friday we show improvement and get it done."

On Auburn's overall conditioning and preparation for the upcoming season...
"I think that we are in great condition as a team, but we tend to play in the sense that we never want to get off the floor. With an up-tempo defense, we need a breather. You can't play 40 straight minutes. Coach Barbee says even if you go in for just 30 seconds, you have to play hard every night. We have to play unselfish and not tired, and if we do that, we'll be successful."

Victory Head Coach Scott Robinson

On the exhibition game...
"Actually, we played pretty well. We just couldn't hit a shot. The competition's obviously a little bit different than what we're compared to as in athleticism. Coach (Tony) Barbee's going to do a great job here at Auburn. I worked for him at the University of Memphis, and he's going to bring in talent. The future is bright here at Auburn. He does a great job, and he's going to get the players to play hard. The way they pressure the ball is going to be a force in the SEC to deal with."

On gaining experience from playing the exhibition game...
"We're fortunate we're able to play five Division I schools, and Auburn being the best team. It allows us to get better within our season. It's going to help us out a lot. We're not going to face the same size and athleticism or the strength. It's going to be critical for us to get better every day and just go back and look at the film and see what we can improve upon. At the end of the day, we have to hit shots, and that's what the game of basketball's about."

Mario Jones, Jr., G

On the exhibition game...
"I felt like we could've played better. It's a learning experience. We all knew it's a new program, but we're looking forward to our season."

On gaining experience from the exhibition game...
"We're a young team, so it's experience. It gives us a lot of confidence to move forward for our season. We appreciate the opportunity to come out and play, but it's really for our confidence building for the young guys that we have."

Khaleel Headley, Jr., G

On the exhibition game...
"It was a good experience. We're a young team. We kind of played lackadaisical defensively. I feel like if we'd put a little bit of pressure on them, we would have gotten some more calls. The ball just didn't bounce our way tonight."

On finding a rhythm and being able to hit shots down the stretch...
"Just being more physical. Physicality played a big role. It helped us to open more shots and get us open. We learned a lot. Basically the physicality changed the whole game. That's what we have to work on, being more physical, especially against an SEC team like this. We know they're going to be physical with us. We just have to bring it next time."

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