Dec. 6, 2011
Jimmy V Classic
Madison Square Garden
December 6, 2011
Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith
On the game...
"Ricardo [Ratliffe] was just outstanding in the first half. Rebounding the ball, playing physical and Marcus [Denmom] was outstanding too. And then we got a little better rhythm in the second half and finished the game."
On playing in the Jimmy V Classic...
"There's no question, obviously it's a great venue to come here and play in the Garden, I was born in Queens, so all those things are great for me. But the fact that we were playing the game in honor of research, for cancer research, and I think all of us have been touched by cancer at some point and time in our lives, whether it be friends or family. And, it's just an honor to be able to do that."
On playing in the Garden and Villanova...
"Well the Mizzou brand was on the national scene tonight. And the lights are bright, very bright here in New York. We had an opportunity to play on national TV against a really good team, and, let me just say this about Villanova; they're a good ball club, I know we talk about how young they are, they're a very good ball club, well-coached, and tough, they're hard-nosed. They're going to win a lot of games. We're very fortunate to beat them tonight. But there's no question, when we go the job, this was a game that I thought would really help us, really help our program.
Marcus Denmon on playing in the Garden...
"Playing here is one of the biggest stages you can play on. And, to be able to come and play a good Villanova team, we felt that this was going to be kind of a road game, but a lot of Missouri fans showed up. It meant a lot for the team, we knew it was going to be a big win for us and we came out and played well."
Ricardo Ratliffe on his team's ability to share the ball...
"I've been on a lot of teams from high school, to AAU, and junior college, and I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. This is the most unselfish team I've played on, and, like seen on TV. So, I mean, it's just once in a lifetime that you get blessed and be on a team like this with so many selfless guys."
"It's Phil [Pressey], he's got eyes, not only on the back of his head, but on the side of his head and everywhere else. So as soon as he drives, I just get my hands ready. And my teammates told me they want me to dunk more, so I've been trying to show that I can get off the floor when I get good opportunities."