Jan. 28, 2012
"First of all, I'd like to say we had a tremendous crowd here today. Our fans were absolutely incredible and I know our players appreciate that. I thought today we played Big 12 basketball. It was a hard-fought, Big 12 game, where Texas Tech came in and with a game plan to limit our paint production, and they did that. It was tough getting the ball inside to Ricardo (Ratliffe), but I'm proud of our guys adjusting and not getting frustrated, and that's what kind of game it was."
On how teams are catching onto their tactics and making the games a little uglier...
"I think that's a good assessment. I think my feelings the other night in Stillwater were that obviously games aren't always going to be pretty when you play in this league and you play everybody twice. I mean you have good coaches and the other night we had a chance to take control of the game and we didn't finish it. Instead we unraveled. We didn't execute offensively nor did we get stops defensively. But it was just one of those games. And today Texas Tech came in with a different game plan and what they did was take away our paint points. And we just didn't make shots, even though we had a lot of good looks. Does it make the game look ugly? I guess when they don't go in, yes. But we still have to find a way to win."
On what you say to Marcus Denmon while he is in a shooting slump...
"Marcus (Denmon) is a seasonal guy. I mean, I'm not going to make a bigger deal of it than it is. He knows he isn't shooting the ball well, so what do I need to talk to him about? All I have to tell him is to continue taking good shots. He is our guy. I trust him and he puts in a lot of work every day. I'm not concerned with him missing a few shots here and there, I think he is going to be fine."
On getting to the free-throw line a lot tonight...
"I think what we want to do is drive the ball. And they were aggressive and they wanted to play that way. They weren't going to let us get any easy buckets. I thought we did a nice job of attacking off the bounce because we understood that they were going to sit back in the paint, and I thought we did a nice job of that."
On how the defense bounced back after the loss to Oklahoma State...
"First of all, we didn't have a good defensive performance in Stillwater the other night. I thought we were really lax and didn't go after loose balls, and we also didn't guard the ball well and struggled. Now tonight we turned them over 21 times, and even though they shot 41%, we still turned them over a lot. I thought our defense was way more active in terms of what we needed to do tonight.
Quotes from Kim English
On play Phil Pressey:
"Phil is definitely a true point guard--he has a great feel for the game. He could tell where they were trying to take away from our game, and that was obviously Ricardo."
On his first half performance:
"The offense is definitely set up to where we have equal opportunity. We definitely try to get the ball inside to Ricardo. It's a luxury to have a team where we have seven guys who can get it done on any given night; when a team can play unselfishly like that, we will be fine. The shots we had in the first half were tremendous, they just didn't fall for some of the other guys." On coming back from the OSU loss:
"We definitely wanted to bounce back and show growth. We talked all week about executing the offense and getting stops defensively. And when you can't execute, you still need to make stops. There was a point in the game where we focused solely on making shots.
"Different coaches have different game plans. Some were to take away Marcus and me. Billy Gillespie's plan was to take away Ricardo. Like I said, our team is full of different weapons we can use. We just have to find a way to exploit the other team."
Quotes from Marcus Denmon:
On Off-Shooting Night:
"I had a lot of good shots, they just weren't falling. We tried to get the ball into Ricardo, and when they took that away we had to step up as shooters. The shots I missed were all makeable shots, and the shots my teammates missed were all makeable shots. Our coach has faith in us to continue to take good shots and we got to the line a lot, played good defense, and affected the game in other ways. Like coach said, good teams find ways to win games, even if the shots aren't falling."
"Coach always tells me and the rest of the guys if you're working on a shot you get in the game and are still missing it, I still want you to take it 100-percent of the time."
Texas Tech Head Coach Billy Gillispie
"Tough loss against a good team in a great environment for the Big 12, on a day when the coaches are honoring Coaches vs. Cancer. All of us in this world have been affected by cancer and I think it's a great deal that, as coaches, we make a strong statement, and try to do everything we can to fight. Plus, the shoes are really comfortable. Tough day on the court against a very good team."
On competing against Missouri:
"Missouri is a good team. They are a good team for a lot of reasons, one of which is experience. Out of the seven guys we saw, there were a sophomore and junior, but everyone else was a senior. They've been here a long time and done a great job. They can all pass, catch, dribble and shoot. Their floor spacing is as good as anyone in our league, probably anyone in the country. They can all make shots, and they can all beat you off the dribble, so it's a very difficult team to defend."
On Missouri's strengths:
"They make it very difficult for you to play defense because they're able to make shots. That's why they've won 19 games and only lost two. They can shoot it; they can beat you in transition. We did a pretty good job in transition for the most part, that's where they're really special. I think about 45 percent of their points come from that. That's just another real smart thing their coaching staff has done, utilizing the personnel that they have to the best. That's why they are winning a lot of games."
Texas Tech Player Quotes
On how the Red Raiders handled adversity during today's game:
"I thought we gave a great effort today. Our team likes to fight and compete. We wanted to battle for 40 minutes, but we came up a bit short because we couldn't make plays down the stretch."
On how the team tries to overcome a losing streak:
"Coach told us to keep our heads up and keep working hard in practice. Tomorrow's another day to get better, and we're just trying to stay positive."
On playing against the No. 2 team in the nation on the road:
"You have to approach this like any other game. The Big 12 is full of talented teams. It's hyped up by the media, but we have to look at it as a regular game."
On playing in a hostile road atmosphere:
"If you can play like we did today on the road against one of the conference's top teams, you can compete with anybody."
On the team's mentality early in the game:
"Coach wants us to be mentally tough. When you start out and a team scores ten straight points on you like Missouri did tonight, you've got to forget about it quickly."
On Texas Tech's interior defense:
"We knew coming into the game that Ricardo Ratliffe was shooting very well. We wanted to put pressure on their guards to make it harder for them to get the ball inside to him."
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