Nov. 25, 2013
Associate Head Coach, Tim Fuller
"Obviously, it was a hard fought game. We are excited, the mission was to go 5-0 during this period, and we did that. So, we accomplished that mission. One of our goals was to start to form our team identity and that's in progress to being made. I am excited about Jordan and Jabari. As I see them out there on the floor, it gives any coach confidence to finish games when you have two high-powered wings that can play the way they play. Again, Johnathan Williams III playing hard for us as a post presence. We are excited about going 5-0, but the thing we are excited about the most is that Coach Haith is on his way back."
On the new rules equalizing teams across the board...
"I think there's always an emphasis on guarding the free throw line and that is something that you are not able to do. I think as coaches we are still getting used to it. What is a foul and what is not a foul? I know our players have to be adjusting to it. I know we tell our players to drive the ball to the basket. We made some key defensive changes down the stretch that kind of kept them out of the lane. I think that is what helped us settle the game down the stretch."
On what Coach Fuller learned about himself and team during his tenure as head coach...
"I am still in a period of self-discovery and that is something that is going to be unveiled to me as I get time to reflect. As I started this, it was always about the 16 heartbeats in that room, now there are 15 heartbeats in that room that I was most focused on. I think what I saw was just how challenging Coach Haith's job is. What I can do as an assistant to really help him was shown to me over this period of time. What I have learned about the team is that we have some pretty talented guards. We also have to continue to develop our post players. That is an area that I am going to focus in on as we head to the rest of the season."
Mizzou Basketball Player Quotes
On finding his groove from three-point range early in the game…
“It happens sometimes, each game is different. We have confidence in ourselves as shooters. We prepare the same way, whether we had an off game before or a good night like we did tonight. We knew as long as we took good shots they would fall.”
On welcoming Coach Haith back…
“We are looking forward to having Coach Haith back. I really enjoyed playing for Coach Fuller, he brought me here. But I love Coach Haith as well, so it will be exciting to have him back. We were playing for him while he was gone and we will continue to do so once he gets back. It will be just another burst of energy.”
On his career high scoring effort tonight…
“Definitely, I am just trying to help the team get wins in whatever way. One game it will be me, or Earnest, or Jordan. I just credit them for help getting me the ball.”
On playing two competitive games before heading to Las Vegas…
“Teams started playing a zone [defense] on us, giving us a different look, so we really had a chance to work on our zone offense. During this time we really got better at executing on offense. With the new defenses we have seen, I think we did a good job on these last two games, even though they were kind of close.”
On Tim Fuller as a head coach for these five games…
“I think he did a great job. He really challenged us every game, just like he did when we were sitting out [last year]. He really pushed us, and I think he will do a good job whenever he does get a head coaching job. He did a great job, and he will continue to keep working.”
On Coach Haith coming back…
“I cannot wait to have Coach Haith back, I really miss him.”
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