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Quotes From Last Night

Opening statement

“I am so impressed with what Coach Martin has done. I keep coming back to if you want to win championships, you’ve got to be able to guard in the half court, you’ve got to be physical and you’ve got to have toughness. I don’t really care what their record is; (Tennessee) is an NCAA tournament team. Just win games now. Just win games. Win the games you’re supposed to win. (That) is an NCAA tournament team. Jarnell Stokes makes them way better too.

“He’s (Martin) doing it by changing a culture. He’s getting them to guard. The second thing is he’s doing it in recruiting. I can’t imagine they’re not ecstatic. And I know that losing to us is like, you know. But the reality of it is they played the game and they did everything they were supposed to do to give themselves a chance to win. (Martin) was really good, and their team was really good.”

On learning from previous close games…

“No. What it was again was we got out-physicalled in the first half again. The same guys got pushed, shoved and couldn’t come up with the ball – and were accepting it. The thing we had was our young players had a will to win. The three (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) makes, the shot Anthony (Davis) makes and the plays Marquis Teague made. Marquis Teague guarded; that’s the first game he’s guarded. He knew that kid (Trae Golden) was averaging 20 a game the last four games. So he went out and said, `You know what, I’m going to guard my man and I’m going to make this tough on him.’ And he did.”

“Those three did it, and then Kyle (Wiltjer) came in. How about the five points he had? When you’re in a game like this and he makes that three and he makes those two free throws – he did what we needed him to do.

“If we want to be unique and special, we’re either going to get tougher and negate the physical play people are using on us or we’re just going to be another team out there trying to win as many as we can. That’s it. We talk better today but we still need to execute better.”

“Like I said, (Kidd-Gilchrist) makes the three and then he comes up with two balls late and he makes a free throw. If he had missed both, it would have been a one-point game after they made those two threes. Now it’s a whole different ballgame. We make two, they make a three, it goes to overtime and blah, blah, blah. So you think about Michael Gilchrist and what he did. I bet he didn’t know he had missed a few shots before he shot the three. All he knew was that ball was going down.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for Quotes From Last Night

  1. manbearpig
    11:03 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    MKG …haven’t had this big of a man crush since the Chuck Wagon

  2. bung
    11:07 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    i hope our assists improve soon…

  3. UK Rifle >>> WVU Rifle
    11:25 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t forget, ladies play South Carolina today @ 3pm, so tune in BBN and lets get an important road win.

  4. Catnuts
    11:30 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    We have to get Jones and Miller and Lamb playing better in order to hang #8. Jones didn’t have a bad game but he can do so much more than he is doing.He needs to be “The Man” when he is out there. Demanding the ball, getting every rebound, blocking every shot, diving for every loose ball, running the floor, being the first man back on defense and the first man back on offense. Stop watching the game and start playing the damn game.

  5. Catnuts
    11:38 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    By the way, does anyone teach these kids how to rebound? When a shot goes up, watch all the players involved and you will see almost all of them just watching the flight of the ball and then trying to react to it. If we are in man to man defense and a shot goes up, its real simple, if you are playing proper defense, you should already be between your man and the goal. Find your man, bend at the hips put your but against him and hold your ground. If everyone does that, there is almost no possible way for the other team to get the rebound. On the other hand, if you are on offense and the opposing team is trying to block you out, you have to slide shift around the man,or spin around the block out or any other manner to get his tail off you so you can get around him. In other words, you have to out work the defensive block out.

  6. doubting thomas
    11:50 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    If you watch the MKG 3pt shot again that cal is talking about, he is right. Mkg knew that shot was going down long before he shot it. He has Tiger blood. No fear when it’s clutch time. He is a stone cold killer.

  7. Armchair Pointguard
    11:55 am January 15, 2012 Permalink

    You gotta give credit to TN. They gave us all we wanted. Davis is so calm out there. Miller provided leadersip at the end when we needed it. Hitting those free throws, you could see he was brimming with confidence. I know Miller doesn’t shine as often as we think he should, but I don’t think Cal gives him enough credit. He’ll have some big games. I think we should have tried playing a little zone at times just to cut down on them driving to the paint. I love Cal but he still scares me at times when we are trying to close out a game. MKG wasn’t really having a great day, but he still kept after it unlike Jones who still seems to get the blues too easily. Overall I think we won a game we maybe would have lost at this stage the last two yrs. Foul trouble and not shooting well appear to be a couple of things this team can work thru and that on the road as well. Pretty impressive.

  8. bsquared
    12:07 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    haha I found this little jem

  9. yeah first!!
    12:17 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Even Cal is drinking the teague kool aid. For as much a teague screws up, you don’t see cal screaming at him like he does all the others. And you can argue stats all you want about teague. The offense does not have a good flow when he is in the game. It is so much more obvious the offensive flow is much better when Lamb or miller brings the ball up and teague is on the bench. The stats don’t show that. And teague had a little help with that point guard. I know this because I watched the game.

  10. Syrin
    12:23 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well Anthiony Davis got pushed around because he’s so thin, but he DID make a GREAT effort to get position with his quickness.

    We did have another player, not going to name names, who is a 6’9″ sophomore in excess of 240 pounds who got out hustled, out pushed and out efforted for rebounds. Eben the announcers commented on him “watching the game” rather than playing the game.

  11. #9
    12:24 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    You already posted this BS in another topic. Cal yells at everyone according to how they screw up. Get outta here

  12. Syrin
    12:24 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone know what’s happened to Lamb? He gives alot of energy, but his offensive aggression seems to be gone. He used to slash to the baseline for easy lay ups 2-3 times a game, and cut to the middle for easy 10 foot floaters. Now he seems too willing to give up the ball.

  13. doubting thomas
    12:52 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    8- Thats great. I love the lookalike sightings.

  14. Davis Armpit
    12:55 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Wiltjer seemed more a liability than a 5 point savior. He was constantly getting scored on.

  15. yeah first!!
    1:00 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    hahahhah @ 11… I have the copy and paste working.

  16. barn
    1:20 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    9)teague guarded golden most of the game allowing ut’s leading scorer only 2 pts for the day. say what you will about teague but that was large. i agree with some of the criticism because we wish he would have progressed further by now. but hey, 17-1.

  17. KSR1080Fan
    1:22 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    To what #12 said… I really think all these charging calls
    are affecting us on our drives. I think the refs have the
    DDO so much on their brain they are already looking to
    make that call. Besides them being terrible calls, they
    almost never go our way. Often times they come at a time
    we are about to go on a run– that was the case twice
    in the Indiana games.

    Would like to see the charging/blocking stats broken down somehow.

  18. Syrin
    3:10 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #17 – I hadn’t thought about it, but I bet you’re right.

    NONE of those charging calls against Teague were actually charges. Plus, you’re right. We had ever get the charge called the other way. #20 for UT yesterday could have been called for an offensive foul EVERY time he posted up since he got position by throwing an elbow and forearm into our defender’s face.

  19. Yabba Do
    3:30 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, you guys need to change the radio show intro song to Chiddy Bangs – Opposite of Adults.

  20. Armchair Pointguard
    4:31 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Teague only plays halfway-a terrible first half, then a decent second half, or good defensively and bad offensively or vice versa. Also, I don’t like the way a few of the players won’t look at Cal when he talks to them on the sidelines- very disrespectful.