South Florida vs. Auburn Postgame Quotes
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Dec. 14, 2011

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Auburn Locker Room

Head Coach Tony Barbee

On responding after the 11-day layoff...
"When you are off for so many days, you lose that game sharpness. I liked the way we responded. We didn't let our lack of offense in the first 10 minutes bury us. We still guarded and rebounded. We kept them off the offensive glass, and they are a great offensive rebounding team. It gave us a chance. When we did find some offense, we weren't that far behind. I am proud of the guys for the way they responded. We have had some tough practices after some time off. What we worked on during that time we had off came into play tonight. You know I want to play a fast paced game with this team. I want to score 80 points a night, but that isn't always going to happen. You have to win what I call a `grind out' game, and tonight was one of those. I'm proud of the way we defended, holding them to just 33 percent. I'm proud of the way we blocked them out, because we really worked on it. I am proud of the fact that guys responded. They made free throws, made plays and made shots when we needed them."

On stopping South Florida's Augustus Gilchrist...
"He is a good player. We didn't do anything different in the second half than we did in the first half. We got to him a little earlier with our pressure, so he couldn't get that quick turnaround jumper that he was making in the first half. It wasn't like he was hurting us by getting those 10 quick points in post ups. He got most of them off of the jump shots. When the pace picked up, it looked like he got a little bit tired. When he got tired, it looked like he got a little bit ineffective. I am just proud of the way the guys defended. That was the key to this game. We have to be a team, until we get healthy and get all of our bodies, that really defends and rebounds. It has to be a group effort, because we don't have a Dennis Rodman-type player who will go out there and get 20 rebounds a game. You look across the box score and Kenny (Gabriel) has eight, Rob (Chubb) has six, Varez (Ward) with six, Frankie (Sullivan) with four and Adrian (Forbes) with three. How about Adrian Forbes tonight? He really helped us out tonight. We are going to need him, especially when we play those bigger teams like we faced tonight."

On Frankie Sullivan and Varez Ward not starting...
"They have been hurt and not practicing. They probably practiced the last two days before this game, and we had 13 days off. Since they didn't practice, the guys that did earned the right to start. It was nothing more than that. They are not at 100 percent. Frankie gets sore from time to time."

On Chris Denson's play...
"Chris played well. He did a lot of good things tonight. He shot 5-of-9 tonight and didn't turn the ball over. He also got three assists and three rebounds, but more than anything, it was his presence on the floor. Defensively, it looked like he was all over the place tonight. He was guarding his man, helping out and rotating. As he becomes a complete player, he is on the floor for more time where he can show his true strength, scoring the ball."

On Kenny Gabriel's play...
"He had an overall game. We need more from him offensively, and he's capable of it. He had opportunities to get it tonight, in the post and on the perimeter. He needs to get his confidence going. That is probably the biggest issue with him. Even though his offense wasn't there tonight, he didn't let that affect him defensively. I am happy for Kenny."

Chris Denson, So., G

On tonight's game after the long break...
"I think the layoff was pretty good for us. As you see, our defense wasn't up to par. We held this team to a low scoring game. All week we just focused on defense, and we just have to get better on the offensive end. That's what our main focus is on right now. I think we have the defense down pat, but I think the layoff helped us a lot in that category."

On defense being an area of focus for him...
"Yes, that's a big focus for me. Coach (Tony Barbee) says all the time I don't have the intensity on defense like I do on offense. He said I'm so aggressive on offense, I need to be aggressive on defense, so that's a big focus for me. I'm still working on it."

On adjusting to a half-court game tempo instead of a transition game...
"Like Coach always says, `Get what you can, and get what the defense gives you.' We have a whole bunch of scorers on our team. We don't have any selfish guys. Everybody has a different type of game. Mine is the up and down. Frankie (Sullivan) is the shooter. Josh (Wallace) is the point guard of the offense. It's just part of the game. Everybody has to get their shots how they can. For instance, they played a lot of zone. We usually don't do good against zone defense, but we overcame that tonight."

On the difference in the defense performance tonight against the Seton Hall game...
"Against Seton Hall, I think we were just too timid. Being back home, we feel at home. We were hyped up from the loss. We came back home and in the locker room before the game, it just felt way different than in the locker room at Seton Hall. The intensity was just there."


South Florida Locker Room

Head Coach Stan Heath

Opening statement ...
"It was a very frustrating night. We couldn't pick and roll, we couldn't find the basket and we just couldn't score. We had good looks at times, but they were blocked or we threw it away and we had open looks that we didn't finish. At times I was impressed with our defense, but we missed marking some guys at times."

On fast start for USF ...
"It looked like we were ready to go. We came out of the gate strong. I was excited because I thought that we had some fire power coming into this game with Ron Anderson and Victor Rudd, but neither guy performed the way that they can. I thought they could have been a lot more aggressive."

On Victor Rudd and team scoring ...
"I think he defines himself as a pure shooter, but at times it seems like he has nothing else to fall back on. I think he can do more, but at the same time, when you're 6-foot-8 and can't rebound then something's wrong. If no one else picks up the slack then you're going to fall behind. I think we needed someone else to step up. I thought Augustus Ghilchrist had a terrific first half, but we were searching for a second or third option and we never found that alternative guy to help move the offense."

Hugh Robertson, Sr., G

On thoughts of the game...
" We just didn't give a lot of effort."On what he learned from tonight's loss that will get him ready for his next opponent...."We just got to come in and play hard."

On Auburn playing its best defensive game since 2008....
"We have to go back to the gym and get our weight up, and hopefully play more aggressive next time."

Augustus Gilchrist, Sr., F

On thoughts of the game...
" I think we came out pretty strong in the beginning of the game. We lost focus. We tied again in the second half. We knew we had to pick up the intensity, but they got a couple of easy buckets to start off the half and they ran away with it."

On Auburn playing its best defensive game since 2008, what will you do to get ready for your next game?....
" Go back and watch tape, learn from it and execute better."

On leading team in scoring tonight...
"That's not important for me. We lost tonight. We have to come together and get some wins."