Nov. 30, 2012
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Auburn Head Coach Tony Barbee
On the team's uncompleted progress...
"I think as frustrated as we all are as a group, players, coaches, as a team, as a family we're getting
closer. We've just got to put it all together on the floor. The other night we had our younger guys play
well and our veteran guys not play so well. Tonight, I thought our veteran guys did what we needed
them to do in terms of carry us in big moments, and our younger guys didn't quite have the game they
did the other night. We're getting closer, there's no question about it. This week was our best week of
practice, we had more energy, we had more effort, we had guys more enthusiastic, and that's a skill
and sometimes it's hard for young guys to understand that but it turned into a better performance for
us because of that. Now obviously there's some clear things we've got to work on, but you look at some
individual performances. I though Rob [Chubb] played great tonight, 17 and 13. Those are great numbers
for Rob. Frankie's got a great line, with 28 points, perfect from the line, five assists. Other than the four
turnovesr. I thought Asauhn played good for us tonight especially with Rob picking up the two fouls.
That's the kind of performance Asauhn can have for us, if not better. Nine points, five rebounds and
three blocks in 15 minutes. We got a chance. Like I told my guys, this is a long season. Our veteran guys
understand it, our young guys don't. So while we're on a five or six game win streak and their heads are
in the clouds and you've got to bring them down or we've lost a few in a row now and you've got to pick
their heads up off the floor, that's part of youth and that's our job as veteran players and coaches to lead
those guys and help them in that way. There's a lot of positive out of this game, we just didn't come out
with a win."
On their problems with late game possessions...
"We didn't execute. I called the play and we didn't execute."
On getting more from the younger guys...
"We have to, that's part of putting it together. Those guys were recruited for a reason and like freshmen,
they're going to be inconsistent. Jordan Price had 19 the other night and he has two points tonight.
We've got to get more production out of those younger guys. The new guys I'll say. Asauhn I thought was
really good tonight. We've got to get more from Brian Greene, 14 minutes he goes 1- for-5, no rebounds,
not good enough for a kid who's that athletic. Jordan Price, even though he didn't score, 1- for-7. He got
beat to a bunch of loose balls tonight. Even if you're not scoring and getting more production is not just
offense, yeah we need them to score, but we can't have the young guys breakdown defensively. You've
got to find other ways to help your team if you're not making shots."
On the change in the second half...
"We got a lot of great looks in the second half. We only had five turnovers, we had a lot of great looks.
Three or four times Rob Chubb in the post, one-on-one, didn't knock them down. I though Noel had two
to three wide open threes that didn't go down in the course of the second half. I think Frankie had three
wide open looks behind the three that didn't go down. Frankie at the rim, three or four times layups, that
he typically makes didn't go down. Now, we had great looks in the second half. Unfortunately, they
shoot 50 percent and make the shots they need to make and we shoot 38 percent and didn't make the
shots that we needed to make.
Auburn Player Quotes: Sr. G Frankie Sullivan
On the game ...
"It's frustrating. We did a lot of good things, but we have to find a way in these four minutes to win
some ball games. It's come down to three games this season where the last four minutes, and the last
second, cost us the game. We're just not making plays. We're not making defensive plays. I wouldn't say
the offense is hurting us, because we did pretty good. On defense, we just broke down a couple times
and got into the lane. They made their layups, and we missed ours. It was a collective team thing, but I
know in the end I missed a crucial layup that hit the bottom, and I should of just went strong, but I can't
take it back. I just have to practice on it and get better."
On his wrist...
"It's okay. I just fell on it."
On his health ...
"It's okay. It comes with what I'm trying to do in life. There's going to be obstacles in everything you
do, and I just look at it like as an obstacle. I'll just try and get treatment. I've been here for so long I
know there is no way you're going to be healthy the whole season. I know that I just try and stay in the
training room for as much as I can."
On getting a break ...
"No, not with this loss. It's miserable when you have to wait that long to come back. It's like waiting
for a football game. You have to wait a whole week and a half just to play a game again. It's going to be
miserable in your mind. Especially, with the competitiveness the guys have this year. You can see it in
the locker room. It's eating us up that we can't finish ballgames that we have our hands on."
On the full court defense in the second half...
"We did it to our self. In the first half, they did the same thing in the first half. We executed and got
through it. I think in the second half we were more in a rush and not getting into our sets, which is
something we're going to have to practice on, but the press didn't hurt us. It was the half court offensive
execution, because we broke the press pretty easily as you can see we got a lot of buckets on the end of
the press. It's going to come down to offensive execution."
On having more production...
"I just try to go with the flow. I was hot the first half, and I just kept taking shots. In the second half, I
tried to do more of running the team, and getting guys like Chubb and Noel open for jump shots. I told
you it's not about me scoring. Noel got hot so I tried to find him. When Chubb got going, I tried to find
him. It's not about points to me, I promise you it's not. I just want to win. Anything it takes for us to win,
I'll do that to win."
On how frustrating the night is even with bench contribution...
"The box score looks good when everyone is scoring like that. I like to go by what coach says. Its plus
minus off how many loose balls we didn't get to, the 50-50 balls that they got, the rebounds we needed
and the defensive stops. Those are the things that I look at. If you can do that, the box score doesn't
even matter. You can score two points and as long as your team isn't down one point, you're good.
That's something we're going to have to focus on more is off the box score. This gets a lot of people
in trouble about the scoring, and then if they don't have a good night scoring they aren't going to play
defense. That's bad for us, and that's bad for anyone trying to go to the next level, or do whatever they
are going to do with basketball."
Sr. C Robb Chubb
On how frustrating it is to be 2-5...
"We have a lot of young guys, and they're starting to realize that it's a struggle. It doesn't come easy.
It's not handed to you, and it's something you have to take. The thing is they're starting to get it. We're
getting close. We're starting to come together as a team, and if we keep playing games like that we're
playing as a team offensively, and we have a lot of chemistry. Once the defense is sound, we're going to
be a heck of a team."
DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell
On team's victory despite being out rebounded and going 19/34 on the free-throw line ...
"I think it's believing. We didn't get down because we missed free throws. You've seen it happen so many times. You miss some easy shots; you miss some free throws that kind of deflate you on the other end. I never felt that way. I felt like our guys kept grinding. I think it was the result of three days of preparation and talking about how tough it was going to be and the fact that Auburn, it's a life-or-death game for them. They were going to play with a lot of desperation, and they're fine, fine athletes. They were going to make some big plays, and, sure enough, they were. They were an attacking basketball team. They were attacking the rim. They were attacking the offensive glass, but our guys just kept grinding. When we do that, you know, good things can happen in a basketball game. We've seen it many times. Teams come back, and this is one of those where both teams kept coming back, so it was a 'grind it out' game."
On the physicality on both ends...
"This is where Wichita State helps you because it was such a physical game. The first time you've been in a physical game like that, it's, kind of, a little bit of a shocker. That game we not only missed free throws, we missed shots too because of the physicality, so this kind of game, that kind of game, gets you ready for a lot of the physical teams we are going to play down the line."
On the road ahead...
"We've been talking after the game about how I wasn't disappointed with the way we were playing, but we weren't playing consistently, so we're trying to get something going. We're trying to get on a roll. We're trying to establish that consistency and build confidence at the same time. I think this gives us a shot to do that. We can go back home and, hopefully, we can prepare for three days, and come out and give a good effort and get better. That's when you've got a chance to get better. That's what this time of year is supposed to be about. We don't want to get bogged down thinking about a loss or injury, this or that. Still, as a basketball team, we have to progress. We certainly progressed tonight."
#20 Brandon Young, Jr., G
On the game as a whole...
"It was a tough game. Auburn is a tough team and we knew they were going to come out hard and compete after the loss they just had. We just wanted to fight for 40 minutes and come out with this win, because we really needed this win too."
On how this win prepares them for the rest of the season...
"It better prepared us because we have that losing taste out of our mouth. Everyone came out to compete today. The bench was great and everyone had a lot of energy. We played hard for 40 minutes."
On how to improve...
"We are going to enjoy this one right now. When we go back to Chicago we're going to watch film, see what we need to improve on from there and start thinking about our next opponent."