Jan. 3, 2012
Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger
"We didn't offer much resistance tonight. Missouri is a very good ball club and Frank Haith has done a really good job. We thought we could stand in there and take two swings, but we didn't. I give credit to Missouri for that, but we have a lot of work to do and we will get back after it tomorrow and hopefully make some progress."
On how Missouri plays as a team...
"I think they are doing exactly that. They are very willing passers with a lot of confidence in one another. They seemed to be comfortable with their roles and trusted each other. They take care of their respective roles, and Frank again has them playing great. It appears their confidence is high. We didn't damage that tonight."
On being surprisingly dismantled in the game...
"To a degree, very surprised. We knew that it would be a tough challenge to come in here, but not offering anymore resistance than we did was quite surprising. Our guys have done a pretty good job of battling on the season, and we didn't tonight. We have got to get back to it."
On coming back from an opening conference loss...
"It is a challenge. We are tested at this moment, and we will see how we respond to it. Again, these guys don't like the feeling any better than I do and I know that to be the case and we will make some progress."
On what Coach Kruger would like to see in his club that Missouri has...
"Missouri is a terrific club, they have a lot of guys that can attack and that can make plays for each other. They trust each other and have confidence in each other to make plays. All coaches would like to see that in their teams." ___________________________________________________________________________________
Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith
"Obviously a great win for us, I thought our guys played extremely well. Thought the first half we came out we had the right energy set in terms of how we needed to play. I thought we shared the ball, we rebounded the ball, we knew it was going to be key in this ball game and they were getting 17 offensive rebounds a game. That was a key for us to rebound the ball. I thought we did a great job of that all night. We started off in the first half setting the tone to rebound the ball, and I thought that was key."
On the team having fun this season...
"They are. That's what this should be all about. They are enjoying themselves, having fun. Winning is a lot of fun, right. I want our guys to relax. I say that every game, relax and enjoy yourself, enjoy the moment. We have great leadership, and this team has been through it. I mean, if you have good players, it makes our job easy."
On starting Conference play...
"I think these guys were really excited about getting into league play, but most guys are across the country are once you start playing conference games. There was definitely a different feel with our guys at practice, and they were talking about it. We had a chance to watch Baylor and Texas A&M a little bit last night before our meeting. You could just see the intensity in these games a little different than any other games."
Marcus Denmon, Guard
"We understood that Oklahoma was a really good rebounding team coming in and since the Old Dominion game, we focused on everyone boxing out, guards rebounding and bigs rebounding and we came out and executed the game plan."
On playing as a team
"We try to play together as a team every game and it's something that we focus on. We feel that's a strength on this team and we all buy into what Coach Haith and the coaches are saying. Playing as a team is something that we just come out and try to execute every day. We do it in practice and we try to carry it on to the games."
On this being Missouri's last Big 12 season
"It's something Kim and I definitely talk about. Big 12 play got here really fast. Those 13 games flew by and we understand that this is where teams are made and we want to try to come out and start it 0-0 because none of those wins before conference matter. We want to get ready and prepare for our next game."
Kim English, Guard
On doubling the lead in the second half
... "Things went really well for us. We have been preparing for them all week, we've seen them on film and here they were a really good basketball team. We were relentless on the glass so we knew if we could rebound then some good things could happen for us. Our guys did a good job of securing those rebounds and did a tremendous job of moving the ball offensively."
On this game being the conference opener
... "We played well, like I said. We thought they were a very good basketball team, which they are from watching them on tape. So we were a little amped up. Once you prepare like that and the game starts, you just get so lost in the process and each possession, offensively and defensively. If things are going well, that lead does build. We're not looking at the score that early in the game, but it did increase pretty well for us."
On this being Missouri's last Big 12 season...
"We're not thinking about that. We're just so focused on it now. We have nothing to do with this being the last season. We're just so focused having the best senior season of our lives. You can't help but feel the intensity and the sense of urgency go up once you know Big 12 is here. Coach is getting amped up and we are all pumped. Marcus said it felt like Christmas last night and we're so excited to start the league play."
Mike Dixon, Guard
On scoring even though Oklahoma did not turn the ball over...
"Coach Chew and the rest of the staff told us to guard the ball and drive and stop things like the pump fake. That's what was on the scouting report so we tried to wall up and make them take tough shots and go rebound the ball. I think we did pretty well."
On confidence of getting assists...
"It feels good. Passing and getting assists on this team feels like you scored a basket. Marcus and Kim are two of the best shooters in the country as you can see. Anytime anybody on the team is open, it feels good when they make a shot."
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