Feb. 23, 2011
MIZZOU BASKETBALL POST GAME QUOTES
MIZZOU 77, BAYLOR 59
Junior Forward Ricardo Ratliffe
On his mindset during the game...
"Coach has been challenging all of the forwards to get double-doubles, so we've tried to step up our game on the boards and it's been paying off the last two games. Some of those guys are projected to go to the NBA, so I tried to rise to the occasion and step up to their level."
Junior Forward Laurence Bowers
On his demeanor during the game...
"I think what lit my fire was not being out there. I mean you want to help your team out so bad, but when you get in foul trouble, you feel like you let the team down. So I really wanted to respond in the second half and pick up my game."
On overcoming Baylor's height...
"Those guys are very long and athletic, but I think that we're athletic and I think we wanted it a little more than they did."
Junior Guard Marcus Denmon
On stopping Dunn in the first half...
"I think just finding him wherever he was on the floor and making him take tough shots was key. It was something that I was looking forward to just because he's been leading the Big 12 in scoring and its just another challenge."
Junior Guard Kim English
On Bowers and Ratliffe...
"They complement each other very well. With Ratliffe being the inside presence that he is and Lawrence being that inside-outside guy, it reminds me of Leo (Lyons) and Demarre (Carroll)."
On the success of the offense...
"That first half of the KU game displayed our offense at its best, it's a motion offense and it works when that ball is moving and never gets stuck with one guy. The ball dictates who's going to be the guy that night."
Mizzou Head Coach Mike Anderson
"I told our guys I thought that was one of our more complete games here in the last 8 to 10 games, and I want to attribute that to our team. I think our defense was the big difference of the game - they were very active. First half alone I think we had 18 deflections and then we were coming up with some loose balls early on and we were able to get up on Baylor's team. But then again that's our defense. LaceDarius Dunn is one of the leading scorers in our league but he's held scoreless in the first half - that doesn't happen very often. I want to commend our fans; I thought it was a great atmosphere. We played great basketball and we played great team basketball."
On Playing Defense Against Dunn and Jones III...
"Our players want to draw some good assignments and our guys did a good job. When he came on strong they'd double up on him and they played the same thing with Perry Jones. At the beginning they seemed to be looking just to see where we were coming from. Dixon came out and he was everywhere. He was touching balls all over the place - It's contagious. Matt, Phil, all those guys so, like I said, it was a team win."
On Scoring Early...
"I think that's what they were giving us. I think there were ample opportunities for us to score early on. I think the nerves were getting us at the beginning but then we got some big turnovers that put those guys on the baseline. Pretty soon they got into a rhythm. That's pretty impressive to get 12 rebounds by halftime."
On the consistency of the team...
"I like what I saw tonight. It's kind of like they are coming together. It's all starting to come together now. The things I talked about in practice - it seemed like they listened. Sometimes I know they hear me but they don't listen; it goes in one ear and out the other. But they listened and I thought that was the difference of the game. If you take away the turnovers that we had I think our defense was really good. I was glad to see that. This is when you really want to start picking up some momentum.
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
"Well I think coming into the game we knew how tough it would be not only because it's such a tough place to play but because Missouri does such a good job forcing turnovers and that's been our problem all year long. It was an opportunity for us to get better at handling pressure, obviously, with six assists and 21 turnovers, we didn't do what we wanted to do . Give all the credit to Missouri. The good thing is we've got three games left, two at home."
On preparing to play Missouri...
"Well I think that, first of all, you look at the Big 12 and everyone it's pretty much a half-court game, with Missouri it's more of a full-court game. They try to take you out of offense and just get you in transition. That's different. I know that teams that have experienced guards, that benefits them in those types of situation. We're a team with young guards and they're learning."
On performances of Ratliffe and Bowers...
"I thought that, rebounding wise, especially in the first half, we didn't do a good job of blocking them out. Part of it is that they rotate guys, they stay fresh, they're active. Our guys get a little tired, maybe don't box out as much because of fatigue, and those guys are good players. So if you don't give them maximum effort, they're going to get the rebounds. I've thought all year long that they've been kind of underrated. Watching film you realize how good they are."
On the upcoming stretch of games...
"I think we're going through a tough streak, but hopefully it's gone. And now we've got two out of three at home against good teams, as is everyone in the Big 12. I was really pleased with how we competed until the end. Most teams, you get down 15, 20, you lay down and die, especially when you're tired, and on the road. We didn't do that and I liked our leadership tonight, I liked our togetherness and I'm very confident we'll play well the last three games."
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