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Jan. 8, 2013

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Missouri 84 - Alabama 68
January 8, 2013
Postgame Quotes

Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith Quotes

Opening Statement...
"Obviously it's a great win for us. I thought we had a workman-like attitude there in terms of how we played in the second half. We weren't turning the ball over; we did great job with that and I thought we really executed, particularly down the stretch offensively. And we made enough defensive stops. Great win for us, great first SEC win, really proud of our guys."

On spreading out the scoring...
"We have guys that can score and we've said this all year. We've got guys that can score, we had a couple with Jabari (Brown) and EJ (Earnest Ross) both had big scoring nights. When Phil's (Pressey) on his game like he was in terms of playmaking and looking for guys, and we had guys knocking down shots. It was a good, good win for us."

On offense being effective without Phil handling the ball...
"That's something we've been working on and you saw it with E.J. and Jabari both coming off of screens and making plays and that's important for us to have other guys be able to do that."

On the first SEC win...
"We're excited about tonight with great fan support and energy in the building. I thought our guys handled themselves well."

Missouri Guard Jabari Brown

On hitting his shots...
"Coach always tells me to not get down on yourself and don't let one play discourage you, so I just got in that mindset, (the last) game was history and I had to prepare the same way going into the next game. When I saw a couple shots go down, it just gave me some more confidence."

On being more than just a shooter...
"I feel like I can do those things. I feel like it's just what the team needs. If I have open shots, I'm always going to take the open shot because that's what the offense needs, but if they're closing hard, I can make a play. On pick and rolls I'm just trying to take some of the load off of Phil because I know he's out there with the ball in his hands 90 percent of the time, so I'm trying to help relieve him and make plays to my teammates."

On being on a roll...
"It feels good. It feels like the basket gets bigger out there and I feel like every shot is going to go in, so it was a good feeling."

Missouri Center Alex Oriakhi

On first SEC win...
"We just look at it like a regular game where we happened to get our first SEC win, but it's behind us now. We just have to focus on the next game."

On his last ten minutes of play...
"Just being aggressive. I watched film yesterday after practice with Coach Leitao and I saw I wasn't really posting hard and Phil kept telling me: "you need to post harder." So that's something that was in the back of my mind the whole game and I posted hard and called for the ball and my teammates found me."

On the pick and roll...
"That's the majority of what our offense is. I just told Jabari: "thank you for those two passes he gave me" because I set a great pick and he found me. So the coaches just keep telling me that on the pick-and-roll to roll as hard as possible. I'm just trying to get better with each game."

On the Tigers' offense...
"I thought our offense was pretty good. I think we learned, you know. We were up nine with about three minutes to go and we definitely learned from the UCLA game and we took our time and that's just showing growth. We're just showing positive steps forward."

On recent struggles with rebounding...
"The only thing is boxing out and I definitely think the absence of Tony (Criswell) definitely plays a big part of that. But it comes down to will and we definitely have to clean that up in the next couple of games because we got some great teams we're going to play."

Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant

Opening Statement...
"Give Missouri credit. I thought they fought in the first half and really set the tone of the game. I was proud of our guys the way they fought back and took the lead briefly. We knew at halftime they would come out extremely aggressive and we would need to set the tone from a defensive standpoint. Obviously in the second half we were not able to do that. Missouri did a good job of being aggressive and attacking on their offensive end. Missouri is worthy of all the accolades they've gotten. They have a lot of pieces that stepped up tonight; the numbers for Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross. To get those types of numbers from a redshirt sophomore, the way he shot the ball and Ross obviously a veteran guy that gave them a big boost. They have a very good team."

On Jabari Brown's performance...
"We knew coming in that he could shoot the basketball. He really came in and gave them a big boost. Some of the 3s he got were from Phil Pressey doing a good job of finding him out of their offense and transition. He hit some out there that were deep and you could tell he got into a rhythm. It fueled him and fueled their team."

On Phil Pressey's performance...
"He is a very good player. He is one of the elite guards in our league. He made plays for his team. He contributed on eight of his team's 10 assists in the first half. Even though he didn't take over from a scoring standpoint, he affected the game with 13 assists. I thought he played a good game tonight.

Alabama Junior Guard Trevor Releford

On playing close to home (Releford is from Kansas City)...
"I think this was a good opportunity for me to play close to home and for my family to be able to come see me play. But I treated this game just like every other SEC game and tried to get a win."

On how Mizzou was able to contain him in the second half, following his 19 first half points...
"I think they play very disciplined defense. They help each other and communicate well. With that being said, I also wasn't able to knock down some shots that I was hitting in the first half."