Nov. 30, 2010
Auburn Locker Room
Head Coach Tony Barbee
On having 40 minutes of effort....
"It is like I keep telling the crowd, don't cheer when we hit a three. Don't cheer when we dunk the ball. Sit on your hands. I want you going crazy when somebody dives like we just won the World Series. Cheer when we dive. Cheer when we take charges. Go crazy then, because that is the positive feedback I want these guys getting, so they understand that good offense, good defense that is all great and fine. It is the extra effort, the all out everything you got every second you are on the floor that matters. You have to compete every possession. Every possession matters when our margin of error is small. I thought Rob (Chubb) set the tone tonight. After that last game against Jacksonville, we have had some spirited practices, and I have been spirited. It is has been all about the extra effort plays. Those are the plays that made a difference in the Jacksonville game. We bent over for loose balls, and they didn't. You feed off of that, the team feeds off of that. Tonight, the very first possession, or one of the first possessions, Chubb dives like three times in one possession. The bench is going crazy, I am going crazy. We get the ball and we are fired up and go on a 13-1 run to start the game. For the most part, we sustained it for forty minutes. There were times where guys were getting tired, but we couldn't sub them out because there wasn't a stoppage in the game, and they broke down defensively. The biggest thing I told the team was to enjoy the win. Wins are not easy to come by, and two we have to keep taking positive steps every time out. Every day in practice, every game we play we have to keep taking steps in a positive direction. That is just getting better and understanding execution and understanding defensive executions and understanding the little things that make a difference in a win."
On forcing turnovers and not turning the ball over...
"I thought we played harder on the defensive end of the floor. We pressured the ball, and got out into passing lanes. We were on our toes defensively instead of on our heels. Offensively we took care of the ball. They didn't press us, so it wasn't like they were taking the balls out of our hands. Even at 11, when you look back at the game, we had a lot of unforced turnovers. It should have been five or six. Eleven is better than 22 or 23 whatever we had last game."
On three new starters...
"Every game we are going to be searching for combinations that can get us off to good starts. I liked what I saw when we started, a 13-1 run. We started some new stuff before we came out of the locker room, some new cheers, to get each other fired up to play this game of basketball that we all love. I like the results tonight, let's see if it continues."
#41 Rob Chubb, C, So.
On what it feels like to get the win ...
"It was just great that we all came out, and we are starting to come together as a team. We had really no chemistry coming together this year. We had to kind of force it and jumpstart it because we haven't had anybody that has gotten any major playing time. So far we are starting to come together and it is going to get better with time. Right now the win is just amping everybody up and that is what we have been searching for, just something to lift our spirits and get us on the high horse."
On gaining confidence offensively ...
"Last year I did not get all that much playing time, so going in front of a crowd as big as this I've never really done it before, so I'm starting to get more confident with my game. I'm realizing that it's just the game I love. You don't have to impress anybody, you just have to go out there, and do what you love every day."
Head Coach Mike Leeder
"I think Auburn is much improved from where they were at when I saw them on tape in exhibition and against a couple of other Division II teams. Their size wore us down, their ability to just drive it down the lane really hurt us, but I think this team has really improved."
On Auburn's bench outscoring GSW 27-0...
"They've got a few more guys, we're a little limited. We don't necessarily substitute. Our starting five are averaging double figures. We use our bench to try to get a few minutes for our starters. We'll get Colin (Slotter) eligible at the break. We'll get Bobby (Glover) healthy. That'll get us two starter-level guys that'll give us double figures off the bench. Auburn had the size advantage, we changed our starters to account for it, but they were just too good for us tonight."
25 Trayce Macon, F, Sr.
On playing an SEC team...
"It was a good experience for us. We just had a lot of turnovers that we could have avoided, but it was a fun experience. "
On what Georgia Southwestern can take away from this game...
"We need to toughen up with the ball, be more ball strong with the ball and get more offensive rebounds."
On the atmosphere in the Auburn Arena...
"It was a fun atmosphere. We had a lot fans and it was loud. We had good fans here, but we still have to go out there and play as a team."