Feb. 15, 2012
Head Coach Frank Haith
"I think we were guarding the ball better and doing better on the defensive end. We were plus-11 at the half so if we're able to do those things, rebound and defend, we're going to have some special things happen."
On Phil's jump shots...
"We run a lot of ball screens in our offense, and when he's making shots like that it makes him very difficult to defend. If you run ball screens on him, he can knock it down and he's got great rhythm right now as well as Mike Dixon."
On Mike Dixon playing at the next level...
"I will say he's playing at a high level right now and we sense it and he senses it and when he gets in a game he plays with great confidence."
On Mizzou's defense...
"They run a lot of set plays and I think we did a really good job of running them out of their offense and they started to go a little bit more one on one. We did a really good job not letting them start entering and get in their offense and it all started with our guards, they did a really nice job with that."
On how the team has been practicing...
"Sometimes you don't know based on practice. Our practice has been very good, it's been solid. The guys talk about prep work and I think we've had great attention to detail and our guys are asking questions. When we're watching film and they're interjecting, that's when you know you've got their attention. I felt that this week we had really great attention."
On going back to Texas A&M after coaching there...
"Texas A&M are playing a lot better, and will be in full force. I know their coach very well and I know that they will play great defense, they'll play physical. We played well here but I know when we go there, they're going to attack us in the paint, so we're going to have to defend the paint against them."
On learning from their losses...
"I think the two losses we've had have been great learning experiences. In the Oklahoma State game, we had a game where we took control of the game with six minutes left and we didn't finish the game. Our offense execution wasn't good, our defense wasn't good and I think we learned from that. If you look at the games after that one we had some late game opportunities and we played very well late in the games in terms of executing, in terms of free throw shooters, keeping the ball in bounds."
Missouri Player Quotes
Senior Kim English
On him being more impressed with offense or defense...
"Definitely on the defense earlier. Halftime we were really upset with how we defended but we had growth. We grew. We worked really hard this week, diligently and we came out victorious."
On if the team viewed the game as revenge...
"No, just business. It was a game we needed to win because it was the next game on our schedule but we definitely remembered how we did perform in Stillwater. We give them credit. I mean they executed. They won that game but we rose from that loss."
On the team's growth...
"We came out early and really got stops midway through the first half and we executed and played really well out of transition. The extra passes were really good but the growth we got from that game was late game execution and getting stops and running offense. I think against Texas Tech it wasn't a blowout so we definitely showed growth since then. "
On the production off the bench...
"It's really valuable. Mike comes in ready every night and does a really good job when he gets in."
On the senior class's wins record... "Well, it means we won a fair amount of games. But again, those are product goals and we're stuck in the process. You're going to get some accolades along the way if you're really getting better every single day and so I guess that's a testament of us and our preparation every week."
Junior Michael Dixon
On the team's perimeter defense...
"That's what we focus on every game. We take pride in our defense and that's what we try to take game in and game out. I think we did a pretty good job."
On his hot play as of late...
"It's just a rhythm and we all take it as a team as well as me. its shots I've been taking in practice and just fortunate enough to make."
On the current two-team race in the conference...
"We only worry about what we're going to do. We can't control anything that anybody else does and we got Texas A&M on Saturday, so that's what we're going to get ready for." ___________________________________________________________________________________
Oklahoma State Head Coach Travis Ford
"You know, Missouri played like the third ranked team in America tonight. They actually played like the number one ranked team in America tonight. Very impressed, had been, that is capable of what they are doing on any given night. It's all about them. I could sit here and talk about them all night. They are just a really good basketball team that is capable of doing this to people, very quickly. I have seen it done to other teams in our league, we watched some games and seen it. We knew after the first game that we were going to respond and they did with great fashion. They played like a team that is capable of doing some really special things, really impressed with their basketball team. It's just more all about them. They just played really well. We never really responded and got back in the game."
On difference between this game and game in Stillwater defensively:
"They just created a lot more pressure. A lot more pressure on us which I knew they would. I was not shocked by that. They did that in the second half to us at our place. I am very impressed with what Frank has done with this team. He has managed this team extremely well. There may be other teams in the country with more talent, but he has developed some talent, some chemistry offensively and defensively. I am impressed with what Frank has done, very impressed."
On what Senior Point Guard Keiton Paige means to the Cowboys...
"Keaton is our lone senior. After him we're a very young, inexperienced basketball team. I've said it the last couple weeks, he's probably the best leader I've ever coached in 15 years of being a college head coach. He's probably the best leader I've ever had. And he's developed into that because two years ago we couldn't get him to say peep. He's by nature a very shy person, he really is. He's the guy that I still don't think gets the respect he deserves from a lot of people, the refs. I think they get tired of calling fouls on him. He just gets held, and I understand that. It's hard to call them all. He takes a beating every single night, and he's kind of like the Energizer Bunny - he just keeps ticking. We ask a lot out of him. I ask him to score. I ask him to defend. I ask him to lead. I ask him to play 40 minutes. I ask him to do a lot. And he does nothing but try to do everything you ask him to do with the greatest attitude. It's amazing. When he ends his career, here's a man who grew up 15 minutes from Stillwater, dreamed of playing at Oklahoma State. You look at a young man like him, not of an imposing figure, he's going to go down over 1500-point scorer at Oklahoma State in the Big 12, two NCAA tournaments, and he started on both those teams. He's going to go down as the leading guy that I think has played the most minutes ever at Oklahoma State when it's all said and done. Pretty impressive. Overachiever."
On challenging Le'Bryan Nash at halftime:
"We challenged everybody to respond to Missouri's pressure at halftime. It was going to have to be a team effort. When he gets hot, we definitely go to him and he made a couple baskets. I thought we went to him so much, he got a little fatigued. I tried to give him a little break, but then the game got out of hand, so I decided to get everybody out of there. Decided to move on and get out here."
Oklahoma State Player Quotes
On how the game was different from the teams' first meeting on Jan. 25...
"We weren't aggressive tonight. They're the No. 3 team in the country, and they can make the Final Four with the way they play. Kim English played defense against me really well. I wasn't aggressive like I was in Stillwater."
On the Cowboys' early offensive struggles...
"It did frustrate me a lot, especially when I went out with my second foul. They went on a big run after that, and I feel like it was partly my fault. If I could've stayed on the floor, it probably would've been a different game. You can't stop the No. 3 team in the country when they're rolling like that."
On his mindset after getting into early foul trouble...
"I knew I still had to go out there and play defense and be aggressive on offense. I made some dumb mistakes with fouls and Missouri was able to beat us off the dribble. We've got to put tonight behind us and get ready for the next game."
Guard Keiton Page
On the Cowboys' defensive struggles...
"It was frustrating. We knew they were going to come out and give us their best shot, and they're the No. 3 team in the country for a reason. They were hitting on all cylinders tonight. Our defense just wasn't there tonight."
On the Cowboys' defensive effort...
"We played hard, but they spread out our one-on-one defense. They took advantage of mismatches a couple of times when we had to go big. It's tough to guard four guards when we go with two big post guys. They exploited that, and Kim English hit a couple of threes to get them going."
On the difficulties of playing on the road...
"When you're playing a team like Missouri in an atmosphere like this, you have to try to do anything to stop the bleeding. We forced shots a couple of times when we were trying to chip away at the lead."
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