Jan. 14, 2012
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Mizzou Player Quotes
Guard Phil Pressey
On taking over after Texas went on run to close margin within five:
"We just executed what we needed to execute and my teammates hit shots and we ran what we had to ran and we came out successful."
On whether he was more impressed with his ten assists or zero turnovers:
"No turnovers. If I can finish the game with no turnovers usually we win and that's a good thing."
Guard Marcus Denmon
On ways Texas defended him different in the first half compared to second half:
"Yeah, they started playing a little bit different, just as far as playing face defense on me, like face guarding. I think we did a good job continuing to run our offense."
Forward Ricardo Ratliffe
On finishing near the rim with the help of the guards:
"That makes it a lot easier on me with good guards like Marcus, Phil and Matt. They all just find me in the right spots where they know that I'm capable of scoring. Coach just calls the right plays at the right time and gets me within five feet and I just make sure I make the play."
On getting into the flow of the game:
" I like to play physical and the Big 12 is a physical league. I am confident that I can play better defense and do not have to worry about ticky-tac fouls and being taken out of the game."
Head Coach, Frank Haith
"It was a great win for us today. I thought we showed some poise down the stretch. When they cut [the lead] to five, we did a nice job of getting stops. Texas is a great ball club; they are a really good team. I knew after half they were going to come back at us.
One of the things that concerned me in the first half was their ability to get to the glass on us, and [Clint] Chapman, who is their best rebounder, had not played a whole lot. I knew they would keep coming. Obviously, J'Covan [Brown] had a great night, but you have to give our guys credit for hanging in there and making plays we needed to make to win the game."
On Phil Pressey's performance...
"He had a terrific game. What he meant to us offensively, what he did out there was tremendous. I mean, he had the ball, for 35 minutes, all the time, and to not have a turnover, to not have a miscue is tremendous. And then you look at his other production, the assists, the points. He was outstanding."
On three-point shooting...
"There are going to be some ups and downs shooting the basketball. What we don't want to do is rely on the 3-point shot. That's not going to be our staple. Our staple is playing inside-out basketball. We do have good shooters, but the best percentage [shots] are in the paint. There are going to be nights when we don't shoot well, but we have to keep working, keep shooting."
On Texas A&M...
"I haven't watched a lot of them yet. I know they are very talented and very capable; they were picked to win this league. We have to be ready to play. It's a quick turnaround. [Head coach] Billy Kennedy is a great friend of mine, we worked together at Miami, so it's another opportunity to play against one of my buddies."
Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes
On defending against the Tigers' offense:
"We got into foul trouble because Missouri penetrated up front. They've got a nice basketball team. Phil Pressey was great, he orchestrated the whole thing. He had 10 assists and no turnovers. He makes the game really easy for his teammates. Points off turnovers were the difference in the game, since they had 20 points off our turnovers and we only had two off theirs."
On the Longhorns' offensive woes:
"Our problem lies on the offensive end. We don't do the things we need to do to reach our full potential. J'Covan Brown had a great game today, but we've got to have everybody. Our post players didn't play as well as we needed them to. "
On his team's zone defense:
"Missouri hadn't played against a zone much this year. They're going to make 3-point shots, and they play with a good rhythm. We forced the tempo that we wanted, but we needed to play with more discipline."
On Phil Pressey and the Tigers' unselfishness:
"His performance was as impressive as any I've seen this year. I think Missouri enjoys passing the ball. They have four seniors, and they're playing with a totally different style than they've had in previous years. They don't have any egos, and their goal is to help Missouri as a team."
On Missouri Head Coach and former Texas assistant Frank Haith:
"I love Coach Haith. Missouri did a great job to get him, and now they've got to do all they can to keep him. He's young, and he has a great future ahead of him. People have no idea about the job he did at Miami. He's always wanted a job like this, with a terrific arena and fans that care about the program, so I'm excited for him."
Texas freshman guard Myck Kabongo
On the game...
"It's another game. It's another game that if we stuck around, we could have gotten the job done if we'd played smarter. There were a couple of possessions when we were down five, then we had a turnover, and they capitalized on our turnovers. We've just got to play smarter than we did. It's just another road game. We could have won it."
On playing against a zone...
"You've got to be on edge and you've got to know where the shooters are. It's communication. It's a loud arena but we could hear each other if we were yelling at the top of our lungs. So you've just got to be aware of what's going on in a zone."
On the Tigers...
"I'm good friends with Phil, he's a great player. And I think Denmon did a good job getting rebounds, he had three offensive rebounds. They're a great team. They're number nine in the nation for a reason. We had a chance to win. We've just got to get back in the gym, practice and work hard."
On executing plays...
"You've got to execute, that's all there is, really. You've got to execute to win games. We've got to keep playing hard and keep getting better."
On what cost them the game...
"We didn't run out of gas. Just silly turnovers and them capitalizing off our turnovers. We've just got to be smarter than we were tonight. I recall the turnovers that we had that made them score. It's 20 to two, or something like that. When we look back, when we watch film when we get back home, we're going to see where we can do better."