Mizzou vs. Georgia Post Game Quotes



Jan. 8, 2014

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Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith

Opening statement...
"Obviously, give Georgia a lot of credit. I think they played with tremendous toughness, way more aggressive than us. They had 40 points in the paint, 15 offensive rebounds. They played inspired. It's really hard to say when a team just comes in and whips you and they whipped us and kicked our tails. They deserve it. Give them a lot of credit."

On rebounding troubles...
"Rebounding is effort. I don't think we blocked out. They went with way more tenacity than we did. They're long, they're athletic and we've got to check those guys off the glass and we did not. They definitely were really really aggressive around that basket."

On sensing a potential troubling game ...
"I really sensed it during the week preparing. In the locker room before the game, we talked about it and I said `guys I don't think you understand how hard it is to win basketball games.' We didn't have the right look about us. Hopefully we can learn from it. The toughness thing is something that's hard for a coach to accept. You've have to compete and that's hard for me. We didn't compete. We got down 8-0 and then there were still so many plays, free throw block outs and those are competitive things. When they come up with a rebound off a free throw, you have to fight a little bit harder. I'm disappointed that we did not fight."

On overtime struggles...
"Well Jabari said we got the lead and then we had defensive lapses. Djurisic got a three and he got a layup. We were in our switching stuff and I don't want to call players names out, but bad play, bad play, got a layup, bad play, bad communication, a three and they made the plays."

On Jordan Clarkson...
"Jordan's got to pass the ball more. He's got to get that ball in and out of his hands. This first time tonight in league play, he's got to move the ball and get it in and out of his hands. That ball stuck way too much tonight."

On the loss stinging...
"It's going to sting and I want it to sting. We're going to be tougher, I can tell you that."

On playing on the road....
"You've got to be tougher. That's all Georgia did here today. They came in here and played with a great mindset and tremendous toughness."

On overconfidence...
"They better not be now. League play, anything can happen. It is a long season and I think hopefully, something like this, would get their attention."

Mizzou Junior Guard Jabari Brown

On Georgia's run in overtime...
"We didn't execute. They got one 50-50 ball. I think the ball tipped in to their hands. And then No. 42, he's a good shooter, we let him get open and he hit a rhythm shot. From there it was back to an even game and we didn't make the plays down the stretch."

On bouncing back from the tough loss...
"It's definitely going to sting, especially losing at home, but we have to have a short memory and we have to bounce back. We can't let one loss turn in to two. We have to go get a road win and I know we'll come prepared to do that."

On the locker room after the home loss...
"I haven't (lost a home game) either. That's what happens when you don't make the plays that you need to make, when you let the other team play harder than you. We have to learn from it and remember this feeling so we don't have it happen again."

On working for good shots...
"I feel like we got some good shots; I feel like every game every shot is not going to be a good shot. I feel like our problem was on defense and rebounding. They kicked us on the boards. I feel like that was more of a problem than offense."

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox

Opening Statement...
"I grew up in the state of Kansas. As a child, it was all about Big Eight basketball. I was fortunate to become close with Jack Hartman at the end of his life and to win at a Big Eight school the day after my father passed pretty special for me. I was really proud of my team. We beat a very good team and it is a terrific win for us going into SEC play."

On keeping his emotions in check during the game...
"My dad was a real tough son of a gun. I got a little emotional in the first half and I caught myself. I thought, `I am going to get my butt chewed when I get home.' I just tried to compose myself and keep our team on the right path."

On how much of the win was based on emotion and the mentality of the team going and winning one for him...
"I hope none. I hope none. We have great relationships on our team. We lost a great player off of last year's team, we have had a tough time replacing everything that he was able to do for us. One of the areas we have had to replace was on the glass. It has cost us a couple of games. Tonight, we rebounded it well, and that was one of the keys. They have just been committed to getting better and that is the reason why we are playing better."

On the play of Nemanja Djurisic...
"I told him today that a really old friend and former coach was at the services last night and he said, `tell that big kid to play two halves.' I told him that after pregame meal. You have to play two halves and he did. He played terrific in the first half. He got a little upset in the second half but recomposed himself and then made some huge plays down there in overtime."



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