Alabama-LSU Post Game Quotes

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Jan. 27, 2010

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening comments:
"I thought our defense really created some opportunities for us. We were able to get some steals and the guys did a great job of making the extra pass and finding open guys and we're fortunate the shots went in."

On getting three-pointers tonight that had not been falling all season:
"It was good to see. I love it when that happens. I thought our guys played extremely unselfish. I thought for 40 minutes today our guys did a really good job guarding. You look in the first half and they shot 33% in the field. I think the difference was in the first half we turned the ball over eight times and they got seven second-chance shots off of offensive rebounds, which gave them extra possessions. We took that away in the second half and we were able to convert. I thought our defense was outstanding today."

On Tony Mitchell's play tonight:
"He was outstanding. It looked like he got every last rebound that came off the rim in the first half. He did a good job of going in there and competing on the backboard. He was also very active on the defensive end. He had to guard a lot of different people tonight. I thought our frontcourt did a good job of neutralizing their frontcourt. I thought we did a good job on Tasmin Mitchell. We have a lot of respect for him and our guys do as well with all he is capable of."

On Mikhail Torrance's performance:
"He had a great command of the game, especially in the second half being able to find the shooters and also finding opportunities for himself. He did a great job."

Junior Guard Charvez Davis
On his overall performance and scoring the second most points of his career:
“I just think, in the second half, we just picked our energy up and our intensity up on the defensive end and it brought us a lot of good shots on the offensive end and my teammates did a good job of finding me, and I was capable enough of hitting the shots.”

On what was happening defensively allowing them to keep the opponent to low points:
“Well that’s where we hang our hat on the defensive end. Coach always tells us that we can’t control what we do on the offensive end but we can always improve on defense, so that’s just where we hang out hats at.”

Senior Guard Mikhail Torrance
On how he felt with his double-double, and his assists to help his team:
“The first one since I’ve been here. The assists really didn’t have anything to do with me, I was just dribbling the ball, and they were doing the hard part by hitting the shots. I was just trying to do my job by being point guard, finding all my open teammates and they were doing a great job hitting shots tonight.”

On what the atmosphere in the locker room was like at halftime:
“Coach just told us, we’re playing to their strength, we’re playing half-what offense, half-what defense so he just wanted to speed them up so that’s what we did. We picked the intensity up and we got the result.”

On what was the key during the 16-point run:
“Just picking up the intensity. Like we said, we played into their hands the first half and we just started playing to our strengths which is our style of play and it was everything in the second half.”

On holding the opponents to such low numbers:
“Coach Grant does a great job week in and week out on scouting reports. We knew exactly what was coming. It was like an open book test where he gave us the answers. We just went out there and executed.”

On the difference between this game and last game against LSU:
“Coach Grant really emphasized to hang your hat on defense, offense will come like it did tonight. You know the first half, we kind of struggled, but defensively we helped the offense.”

 

LSU Head Coach Trent Johnson
Opening comments:
"
For the most part we have one guy who he’s a hell of a match up with anybody. Again, I look out there and there is an open shot for Dennis Harris, there’s an open shot for Eddie Ludwig. There were a lot of open shots for Aaron Dotson. There were a lot of open shots for Chris Bass. So when those things don’t go down, that causes problems for you.

"Once we crossed the half court we struggled to get the confidence we needed. First half we handled their pressure. Second half though we didn’t handle their pressure. So there you have it. But again, I know I’m trying to fill up everybody’s print here but the bottom line is they are better than we are. It’s plain and simple."

Freshman Forward Dennis Harris
On having a really good first half:
“I just came out with a lot of intensity. Coach said we really needed to rebound and for me to step up and get tough in the post off of rebounds and the defensive end so I just tried to come out with a little bit more intensity.”

On what went wrong in the second half:
“I guess we just let our guard down a little bit. In the first half we only had four turnovers and we had twelve in the second half and that made a real big difference in the game.”

On Alabama ramping up the intensity in the second half:
“The second half I think they stepped up the press on the defensive side at half court. The clock was on our side in the first half, and I guess we just got out of rhythm the second half. We should have been holding the ball and letting the clock run down.”

Senior Forward Tasmin Mitchell
On the frustration in the loss:
“We just have to finish our game. If we don’t start finishing our games we will continue to be like this.”

On the problem during the stretch when Alabama scored 16 points:
“I think we had a lot of turnovers and took a few quick shots. I had a few turnovers and as far as taking the ball away went.”