Alabama Men's Basketball Quotes



Jan. 15, 2014

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant

Opening statement:
“I’m proud of the guys. From an effort standpoint we did a really good job. These guys came into the game in transition, got to the free throw line and were very explosive. We were concerned about the three-point line as well. Our guys did a really good job of limiting them in all those areas. They got out in transition a little bit, but for the most part our guys did a good job of being aware and taking it away. It was good to see the ball go into the basket. We had some nice flow on offense. [Trevor] Releford really set the tone with the way he shot the ball tonight, I thought he was tremendous. He really led our team in both halves, but it was good to see other guys step up as well. ”

On Alabama’s ball movement:
You look at the stat sheet and see 17 assists. Obviously that’s a product of the ball going in, but the ball was moving. I felt that guys were looking for each other. They were sharing it and having fun. From there, we can learn. We can get better in terms of understanding how to close out games, to execute and to continue to move the ball. Our guys played extremely unselfishly. It was a good offensive night and we did a pretty good job from a defensive standpoint as well. ”

On matching up with Mississippi State:
“(Gavin) Ware hurt us. He was a load inside and we didn’t have an answer for his physicality. He got some easy baskets and that’s something we’ve got to get prepared for in our league. We’re going to see a lot of guys with that size and physicality, so we’ve got to do a better job there. I thought our guys really did a pretty good job on limiting (Craig) Sword. He’s got great speed and he does a great job of getting to the basket and creating contact. Coming into our game, he was averaging 14 free throws per game. He got there six times tonight and only twice in the second half. We made him take some contested two-point shots, which he was able to make. I thought overall the guys did a really good job of locking into the scouting report and understanding what we needed to do offensively and defensively. Mississippi State mixes it up. They did a good job of limiting our half court opportunities to get in the lane. They gave us some 1-3-1 zone (defense). I thought our guys attacked it well and had success with that. It was good to see from an execution standpoint. We just went out and executed the game plan.”

Senior Guard, #12 Trevor Releford

On making the two three’s in a row to push the lead to nearly 20 points:
“They were huge shots. I credit my teammates for finding me in that situation. I was just happy that they went in to get that momentum for our team. After that we just kept pushing.” 

On the game atmosphere tonight:
“It is definitely fun when you execute as a team and you are doing everything right. Coach Grant preaches that every day. As a team, we just have to continue to play every game like that and not fall off the next game. We have to continue to play as a team at Missouri on Saturday.”


Freshman Forward, #11 Shannon Hale

On his progression since the first game:
I’ve just been working harder. I’m a lot more confident. I’m just a lot better.”

 On Trevor Releford’s shooting night:
When that second three went down, I was telling him to shoot another one.”

Mississippi State Head Coach Rick Ray

 Opening statement:
I’m really disappointed in the way we came out and played. I thought we weren’t very good in our shootaround today. I thought we were too loose and I think it carried over into the game. We started off doing exactly what we can’t do, which is taking jump shots and not attacking the rim. I think that gave them momentum because they got those rebounds and were aggressive. If we are not attacking the paint right away offensively it leads to bad things for us. I think defensively we just didn’t follow our assignments like we normally do. We have to find a way for our guys to deal with success. We haven’t had a lot of success here but, when we do, our guys get so wrapped up in that success and don’t carry it over to the next game. We forget who we are as a team.”


On losing momentum going into halftime:
I thought it was huge. We didn’t have a way to stop them. I think was also huge that I.J. (Ready) was not able to play. I imagine he got a concussion because he couldn’t come back in. We need him out on the court because he is steady influence on our team. He is a guy that can make shots and is also our best passer. Not having him out there was a problem but it shouldn’t be a reason why you lose by over twenty points.”


On Trevor Releford’s performance:
Trevor Releford is a good player. It’s not a secret. He’s been playing that way for a while. I think he is averaging around 22 points the past four games. We made Releford better by not doing what we were supposed to be doing with our defensive assignments.”

#20 Gavin Ware, Sophomore Forward

 On what happened to start the second half and prevented the team from getting back in the game:
It’s just like coach (Rick Ray) said, we have to find a way to handle adversity. I think we didn’t do some of that stuff before the game and after halftime, we weren’t able to come in as a team and jump over that hill to try and win the game.”

On how tough is to get going with him being in foul trouble and freshman guard I.J. Ready being out with headaches:
That was very difficult. You have guys who are in and out and subbing. It was pretty difficult for us to find the spark to get some momentum, get tough and try to win.”