Missouri vs. Truman State Quotes



Nov. 2, 2011

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Head Coach Frank Haith

Opening Statement
"I thought we got off to a little bit of a slow start but when we put Kadeen (Green) and Steve (Moore) and Mike Dixon in the ballgame I think we went on a 20 point run. Those guys were instrumental in that, in terms that they brought the energy necessary for us to have the kind of game we wanted to have on the offensive court, not just on the defensive end."

On Marcus Denmon "Well if he's open I want him to shoot [the ball]. I don't know any other way to say it than that. Marcus is a terrific player and I did tell him before the game that he would play about 20 minutes regardless of the score. I think he probably figured that he'd better get his clips up early. He shot the ball very well, I think he's a great shooter. I've been around the ACC and some really good guards and he's right there with them. He's efficient, very efficient, in terms of shots he's so solid in what he does and how he scores and transitions too."

On three pointers
"I don't think so, we stress getting the ball inside. Obviously we can score in transitions, that's something we're really used to and really good. But I really got our guys to understand that we've really got a run offensive here, really moving the ball. "

On Kadeem
"I thought he played really, really well and that was encouraging and we need that out of him tonight. Kadeem is a guy that if he's able to help us he can and it gives us another guy with some size."

On the pace of the game
"Like I said earlier, we're comfortable playing that kind of game but as we move on to some of the other teams we play, we've got to be a run offense. I've stressed that with these guys because I thought we we're playing in transition all ballgame but we really need to learn how to play half-court offense."

Senior Marcus Denmon On what the team got out of the game
"Going out there and getting everyone that feel of playing in front of the fans, getting reps and getting that feel for the home game. It also allows us to give some other guys quality minutes on the floor. They can get out there and play against someone else. These guys we feel are going to have to help us this year and these games gives them a chance to get that practice."

On the difficulties of settling down in the half-court offense
"Coach allows us the freedom offensively to play up and down. On the defensive end we will pressure the ball full-court, we do different up-tempo things. But right now we are adapting to playing this style of play, even though it is a fast-paced and up-tempo game, it is a little different."

On the importance of him shooting well
"To be honest, that's something my teammates expect from me. They see me working on my game every day in practice. But we have a lot of guys offensively that can score. The things that we work on every day to be consistent in because no matter how hard you work on, there's going to be some nights that you can't shoot the ball great. The things you can be consistent in is the defensive end, and that's something we have been trying to focus on. But I do believe that we have a lot of offensive abilities on this team."

Junior Michael Dixon On the play of Kadeem Green
"I think he played pretty well. He came down with 11 rebounds, caused some drop-offs, things like that, what you want a big man to do. In this day and age it's not about a super-skilled big man, so if a guy can catch the ball, rebound, block shots and finish, he's a good big man. We're new to this offense as well as defense, so anytime we can go up against anybody else it's good."

On the difficulties of settling down in the half-court offense
"No, not at all. We've been working since the spring, and we've been putting the time in and of course there's always going to be some adjustment period. I feel we hit the ground rolling and we really have adapted to the new playing style on offense as well as defense."

On what the team needs out of Marcus this season
"Obviously Marcus is a big part of what we do. I think we contribute off him as well as he contributes off us. Marcus is a real unselfish player. We are going to need him to be pretty well every night. That's a lot to bestow upon someone, but I feel like he has the mental toughness and makeup to be able to do that. I feel like we have a good team--we have a senior-laden team and we are experienced. It shouldn't be too much weight on his shoulders because we are so experienced." On his role as a spark plug
" I don't really like that word. I just feel like I'm a facilitator, and when scoring opportunities present themselves, I take them. I feel like I am a point guard but everyone knows I can score. I feel like I'm a pretty good passer as well. I do whatever it takes for the team to win, whether that's coming off the bench or starting. But I'm not really into the spark plug."



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