Nov. 11, 2011
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Coach Frank Haith Quotes
On SEMO's effort:
"Everyone's always amped up for the first game of the season, ready to play. They are an in-state team and have guys that can play. You know Tyler Stone was going to be anxious and excited to play. You've got to give those guys some credit."
On Missouri's play in the first half:
"Did we do exactly what we need to do? Not always. I did think the guys shot too quickly in the first half. You can't start games just firing out threes. We need to start the game getting paint touches."
On the team's ability to get to the free throw line:
"The thing that I really liked about our team was our ability to get to the free throw line. If we continue to attack, get the one and one, that's a plus for us. It slows the game down."
On his calm demeanor on the sidelines:
"I just am who I am. I think our guys could tell you I could get pretty intense. I needed to be tonight. A little bit. Just in terms of challenging our guys."
On the play of Kim English:
"Spending a lot of time with him has helped. Guys have to know you believe in them. Trust is such an important word in building your basketball team. They have to know you trust them. They have to trust me. You only build that that through communication. Encouraging him to just be himself is the most important thing. Watching him last year I think he tried to do too much at times."
On the tempo of play:
"We don't want to take contested shots in early offense. We want at least five passes. That's something we need to continue to stress with our guys. We made a lot of bad decisions on early post ups and some bad turnovers. Getting the defense to move, you're going get a better chance to drop the ball in the post."
Missouri Player Quotes
Kim English, Sr., Guard
On the team's halftime adjustments :
"Coach challenged us. He's confident, because we prepared well all week. He told us we needed to step up in the second half and we responded with a better start defensively in the second half."
On bouncing back this season after a tough junior year:
"I'm working to put last year behind me. I'm just focusing on this year, trying to get better each day. I've been watching film to see how I can defend better, especially in the post. Last year was last year. It's out of my mind."
On his fast shooting start coming out of halftime:
It's always a good feeling to help the team however you can that night, whether you're getting assists, taking charges or knocking down shots. We're a unit, and whatever your role is that time down court, the team depends on you to do that. My teammates found me open, so I knocked those shots down."
On his "catch-and-shoot" style of play tonight:
"I'm don't come into the game thinking to play a particular way. It all depends on how I'm guarded. If they guard me tight, that gives Ricardo more room. If they collapse toward him, the floor will open for me."
Marcus Denmon, Sr., Guard
On adjusting to a four-guard offense:
"At times it's a little different, but it's something we've been working on. It gives Ricardo a lot of space to work when we run a four-guard set. It's working for us so far, so we just want to keep getting better."
On the team's slow first-half start:
"Give credit to SEMO, they came out with a lot of energy and they played hard and made shots early. Some of those shots start to come up short as you play defense, and that allows you to get some misses and get your rhythm going. Also, we boosted our energy level in the second half."
On his eight rebounds tonight:
"I tried to crash the glass every time a shot went up. I feel pretty big out there most of the time, and it's about who wants it most. I'm trying to get in and mix it up to help my team."
On the team's collective speed:
"We have a lot of speed and quickness. Sometimes we play too fast, and that leads to turnovers. That's something we need to work on."
Ricardo Ratliffe, Sr. Forward
On adjusting to a four-guard offense:
"It frees me up for shots underneath the basket, and if the opposing team tries to double-team me, I can find one of my guys for an open shot. I'd rather have an easy-three pointer for one of them than take a hard two-pointer myself."
On the fact that he had only one rebound at halftime:
"I knew I had only one rebound, so I was thinking about it all the way to the locker room. I tried to go out and get as many rebounds as I could in the second half. I wanted the ball more in the second half."