Mizzou vs. Mississippi State Post Game Quotes

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March 1, 2014

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Post-Game Quotes

 

Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith

Opening Statement…

"This is a great win for us. A couple of things that jump out, obviously, our post production, going 15-of-16 from the floor, and our nineteen assists. Mississippi State is one of the best teams in the country at getting steals, and for the most part, the first 35 minutes of the game, we only had four turnovers. So I was really encouraged and pleased with our ability to handle the ball and share the ball.”

On the basket to end the first half…
"I thought it was good, obviously it was really close. The officials had to look at it a couple times, it was a bang-bang play."

On how this game felt in relation to other SEC games…

"It felt good not to have to come down to the last two or three possessions. These games become fun when everybody has a hand in what happens, and winning. Everybody had a hand in us winning tonight".

On the ball rotation…

"We really emphasized that, emphasized the ball not sticking and hit the first open guy. Hit the first open guy and we'll flow into our offense. So I thought we did a really good job at that and I don't think we'd done a great job of that all year. There is no question that was emphasized during the week".

On Keanau Post and the frontcourt performance…

"We've all seen Keannu, we know the skill set he has, and he can do some things that none of our other big men can do. I just think that with him it's all about confidence and believing in what he can do, and he's gotten so much better at that.

On Clarkson and Brown trying not to press mentally…
"We talked this week about trusting your teammates because I think when you lose trust you start to press. It was evident on tape watching them. I just wanted them to understand that you take pressure off yourself if you trust your teammates. They did a good job of that and hopefully that's something we can build on." 

On Wes Clark…
"Wes is going to be a really good player. He's tough, he had six assists tonight, and he had two turnovers, but he is a floor general, one that can score a little bit. He's shooting the ball better than he did earlier in the year and he's definitely more comfortable and he's really working hard. One thing that young players struggle with is understanding the speed of the game. When the game slows down, that's when you figure it out. I think the game has slowed down for him".


Jabari Brown  - Junior Guard


On passing to Keanau Post and the other big men in the paint…
"Keanau (Post) has definitely been working hard in practice, as well as the rest of the big men. Just having them play how they played tonight, consistently, is allowing them to get better and get more production. That just helps me, Jordan (Clarkson), EJ (Earnest Ross), and Wes (Clark) out there."

Was there more of an emphasis in this game to look for the big men…
"We watched some stuff with Coach (Haith).  Watching film you see some things that you might have missed in the game that we did not really realize. So that is something that we try to make sure we focus on."

On bouncing back after two losses…
"You always want to bounce back after losses. This is March now and we do not want to lose any games in March. March is our money time and we try to make the most of it."

On taking advantage of fast breaks and turnovers...
"It all starts with defense. I feel we played pretty good defense for the most part and when we rebound, when the guards help the bigs rebound, we are able to start our breaks quicker."

On whether or not this was the most fun the team has had all season…

"We have had some fun games, but most recently today, I would say yes, it was one of the most fun games. Everyone contributed. Coach talked about (it being) March and we are fighting for something and not everybody is in the position to make the (NCAA) Tournament. So just cherish that and go out and play as hard as you can and have fun."

On what this win does for the team…
"It helps, especially how it was a collective effort from the whole team. I just feel guys like Keanau (Post) are going to keep getting better. We have to have a short memory though and get ready for a good Texas A&M team and be prepared for Wednesday."

Keanau Post - Junior Forward

On scoring a career-best 14 points…

"The last few games I have been playing well and I think it is just a build up from that. Our guards did a great job moving the ball and passing, so you have to give them a lot of credit for that."

On having a breakout performance after struggling earlier this season…

"It felt great. It just felt great knowing that the whole team was contributing to it. It was not just me, it was the guards with their passing ability."

What does this game mean moving forward…
"It is a stepping stone, but at the end of the day I have to put this game behind me and focus on the next game. Be calm, stay confident, and keep working."


Mississippi State Head Coach Rick Ray


Opening Statement…
“I am terribly disappointed in our defensive effort today. Regardless of what you do on the offensive end, and we have our struggles on the offensive end, until we learn how to defend, you are not going to beat a team that shoots 62 percent from the field. That is our biggest thing right now. We have to figure out how to defend. We don’t deal very well with adversity. I believe it was a 12-point game and it ballooned into a 27-point ballgame in a short amount of time. When some adversity sets in with our guys, we don’t have enough guys that deal with that well as a team.”

On what was said during the timeouts in the second half to try and stop Missouri’s run…
“I just thought we were turning the basketball over. When you turn the basketball over, it is hard to play transition defense and that is the one thing in transition defense, to take care of the basketball. I thought we did a poor job and I thought we got into the paint and didn’t finish. We had some opportunities and it would turn right back around where Missouri would get into the paint and finish. So, our perimeter guys were not finishing layups and I thought their guys were finishing layups.”

On trying to keep his players up during the losing skid…
“I have said this before, but I would be worried if our guys weren’t coming to practice everyday and working hard. I know everyone focuses in on the losing streak, but you have to make sure that your team keeps coming out and working and being enthusiastic about being in practice. That is hard no matter what your record is in February and March. It is difficult and there is no way that you cannot look at the losing streak. I would be more concerned about it our guys weren’t giving effort in practice on a day-to-day basis.”

Mississippi State Player Quotes

Fred Thomas – Sophomore Guard


On his team’s play…
“I think overall we played pretty decent today, but we could have played a little better.”

On his recent success…
“I’m feeling like I’ve found my confidence and I’m getting into a groove of starting to make shots for my team. I think it’s coming along well.”

On looking to bounce back…
“To find success going into the tournament, I think we need to first get a win. That’s going to give us a whole lot of confidence going into the SEC tournament.”

Freshman guard I.J. Ready


On why Mississippi State fell so far behind…

“We just got outfought today. I think that is really what resulted in the loss.”

On overcoming his team’s struggles…
“We have to stay together. Playing better defense is important. If we lessen our turnovers, we play together and we play better defense, I think we would get a different outcome than what we’ve been having.”

On what Mississippi State did well today…
“I think we did compete in the first half. We played harder in the first half. I think once we get punched in the mouth, we have to fight back. In the second half, we didn’t fight back, so they expanded the lead and it was too late for us.”

Sophomore Forward Gavin Ware

On Mississippi State’s performance…
“Overall, we fought. But still, as far as scouting report, we weren’t able to keep up with all the assists they were running. As far as being competitive, we gave that effort. But mentally being in the game, I believe we fell short.”

On Mizzou’s success in the paint…
“In our man, we stayed aggressive. When we went to 2-3, we kind of slacked off because we were in a zone. And I think that’s what gave them the edge on my part, allowing them to get buckets inside.”

On what to improve moving toward the end of the season…
“We have to keep giving full effort for the full 40 minutes. If we give that the full 40 minutes, we will come out with a victory. But if we take plays off and we’re not consistent and just let teams get on spurts, I don’t think we’ll have very good success.”

Freshman guard Jacoby Davis

On Mizzou’s second half run…
“I think we started off pretty good, but in the end, I think we gave up a little bit. Jabari (Brown) made that big run with a couple of threes and there were a couple of transition dunks. We struggled at that point.”

On finding their next victory…
“Just like Coach (Rick) Ray said in the locker room, we just need to focus when we get down and be a team that can always come back. We have to fight back. I think if we can get over that hump, we’ll be fine.”

On moving forward to the SEC Tournament…
“I think I saw the schedule and we have Alabama first. All the teams we lost to, there weren’t as big losses as it was today. But I think we can beat every team in the SEC if we go in and play hard and smart. I think we can get there and hopefully be in the finals.


 

 

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