Auburn vs. Georgia Southwestern - Quotes

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Nov. 5, 2012

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Auburn vs. Georgia Southwestern
November 5, 2012
Auburn Arena

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On the offense getting off to a slow start...
"It shouldn't happen. We have a veteran group starting. We want to make the other team match our intensity and match our play. That wasn't the case for the second straight game. We started better against Victory, but against a higher level opponent, they were working at about a thousand miles an hour and we were about 200. Those are all things that are correctible. When we got into our pace, we made some things hard on them. We probably spent two days on our zone, so for not working on it and spending a whole lot of time on it, I thought it looked good. It is what got them a little stymie because we couldn't guard them man to man. They were tough to guard off the bounce, especially Derrick Dawkins."

On if it is good to have a close game like tonight...
"Of course it was. No question. I told the staff that I am glad it wasn't a 50-point blowout. It doesn't do us any good. I was on the bench saying I hope we lose this so we can learn from it and my staff told me I was crazy. It is always better to learn from a close win than a tough loss. We definitely needed this so I could get some of the guys' attention."

On if he got anybody's attention at halftime...
"I thought Shareif (Adamu) played harder. It is an adjustment. Junior college transfers are no different than high school seniors coming in. It is a different level. They are trying to get caught up to the level too. We try to set the tone of how hard we play in practice, so when we get to the game it is not a shock. Shareif is a guy who has struggled with the level of play and how intense it is. He figured it out in the second half and played a little bit better."

On Asauhn Dixon-Tatum's play...
"He has a chance to be good, but he has a long way to go. He has a chance. He has a great feel and a great patience about him. He has great touch over his left shoulder and right shoulder. We just have to get him more intense on the defensive side. I am glad he challenged some shots. That is what he does. He is a shot blocker. He can rebound well. He can block shots well. He can play offensively too so we have to be able to get him and Rob (Chubb) the ball in the post." On Rob Chubb only having four shots... "We tried to establish him and Frankie (Sullivan) early. Going into halftime, I think Rob was 0-for-4 and Frankie was 0-for-3. We are dependent on seniors to lead our offense as the new guys come along and that wasn't the case in the first half."

On if he knows who will start on Friday...
"No I don't. I have to watch the tape. Everybody knows we grade on the tape and not on the box score. We base it on who does the little things to win us games. It won't all be determined off these two tapes. It will be determined in practice as well. You see based of one performance and in practice there was already a change in Allen Payne playing at the four. Our starting lineup will probably be a fluid situation all year long until some guys come along and establish themselves."

On how many guys he anticipates having in the rotation...
"I like our depth. If we foul as much as we have fouled in these first two games, I will need all 12 guys."

On if all the missed shots will be a good indicator on who will start...
"Not necessarily based on the shots. There is no question that Rob and Frankie have to be better producers on the offensive end of the floor. In this case it is because of the minutes they have been playing. I know what I am going to get out of them. I have to find out what these young guys are going to give us. As disappointed as I was in the foul trouble, I got a more extended look at these younger guys."

On Noel Johnson having a double-double...
"It is really good. I told him that if he rebounds and defends, he will be in that rotation. He knows that he has to get better defensively. He is a good rebounder, so he is capable of being a better rebounder than he was last year."

On Georgia Southwestern's Derrick Dawkins...
"He was new to their team this year. We knew coming into this game that he is a guy they will depend on. He is a little joker. He is good with the ball. He could score. I think our depth and our pace wore him down. Our zone slowed him down because he wasn't in the lane as much. I want to be a team that can play man. We have to contain the ball a little bit more. We can't foul as much either. I don't want to play a zone, but if we have to until we get better man to man than we will do it."

On Josh Wallace's health after the tough foul...
"He is a tough kid. He will get evaluated by the trainer. He landed pretty hard on his back side. He is a tough kid. I think he will be OK."

Auburn Players

Noel Johnson, G., Sr.

On his game...
"I think a big part of my game is rebounding and scoring too. I'm just trying to show my full game all season."

On having fun...
"It's easy to play with no worries. As you can see tonight though, we have fun."

On his rebounding...
"Coach Barbee just told me that in front of everybody. He said that if you rebound like that every night you'll get a lot more minutes, so that's what I'm going to do."

Asauhn Dixon-Tatum, C., Jr.

On feeling comfortable in the post...
"Yes sir. I'm always looking to score. Coach Barbee always told me that if I have the ball down there where they want me inside the paint, attack the basket."

On his blocks...
"It's all about timing and being aware and making sure I'm down in the defensive stance. If I see an opportunity or my teammate needs help, I'm coming over to block the shot."

On being an offensive player...
"I'm getting more rounded and putting a lot of hours in. Working with the coaches, especially in practice, and going against Chubb. That's pretty tough, so yes, I'm developing my offensive game.