02.11.14 - Alabama Men's Basketball vs. Ole Miss Postgame Quotes



Feb. 11, 2014

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
“That was a big time shot. In the second half, and really in the last 10 minutes of the game, [Releford] really stepped up and put the team on his back. He made some plays that were tremendous. You have to give Ole Miss credit, they fought to take the lead. They had us on the ropes. I am proud of our guys for the way they regrouped and were able to get stops at the end and make enough plays to win us the game.”

On the team’s defense:
“I thought our guys were locked in on the scouting report and focused on what we needed to do to be effective. [Mississippi] has a lot of weapons with the guys who can really score points for them. I thought our guys did a really great job holding them to 32 percent in the first half. In the second half, they got a little run going. They still got eight threes in the game. Overall, I was really proud of the focus and effort that our guys gave.”

On the team’s focus :
I thought that the focus level was really good early on in the game. Nick [Jacobs] was able to get offense going early. I think that he made some plays down the stretch and was able to make some key rebounds, eight in all. Shannon [Hale] was really aggressive and able to get himself to the free throw line. I thought that Rodney Cooper had a really good night on the boards with eight defensive rebounds and two offensive boards. Coop didn’t have a great offensive night in terms of shooting the basketball, but he made so many great plays from a defensive standpoint, rebounding and  facilitating standpoint. That was key in helping us win the game.”


Senior Guard, #12 Trevor Releford

On the game-winning shot:
“It was actually one of our plays, like a pinch play. We were running, and when I caught it back I saw Marshall (Henderson) try to slip the screen so I just crossed back over and took the shot. I took what he gave me.”

On what changed in the second half:
“In the first half I was struggling, and Coach (Anthony Grant) took me out to let me rest for a minute and get my legs back under me. I think that was key because I was a little frustrated with myself too. I got to guide myself back and focus on what I needed to focus on. I think that helped me throughout the rest of the game.”

On the team’s emotions following the game-winning shot:
“It was joy. We’ve been coming out, we’ve been practicing hard and we just needed a win. We deserve that. I’m happy for everybody on the team, and I’m glad we got the win.”


Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy

On if they wanted a two- or three-pointer coming out of the last timeout:
“We were going to take the best available shot. Obviously, we were down by two so we were going to try and score as quickly as possible in case we missed. We wanted to extend the game. We never even got to the action. Jarvis (Summers) got tripped off the ball screen. Fortunately, he made the two foul shots. We felt like, at the end, that if we settled back into a zone, we all knew that the ball was going to go through Trevor Releford. He really carried them down the stretch which is what a senior all-league player does, and he made a big shot.”

On how Alabama made it tough on Marshall Henderson on the perimeter:
“They were switching things. Their four man was pretty versatile and they were switching everything one through four on his side. We’ve seen, as you can imagine, almost everything as it relates to Marshall. He shot three free throws in this game. It is the first time that he has been to the foul line on the road in our last four games, and that was being fouled on a three-point shot, so that doesn’t really count. We told him that if they were doing that and you have a big on you, you have to drive it to the basket. He chose to shoot 4-15.”

On what changed about Releford in the second half:
“I thought he was in attack mode and he finished plays. We went under a ball screen one time and he knocked down a big three and then gashed us. We were kind of mixing and matching, which is what we do defensively. When we were in the zone, he was gashing us by getting in the seams and then finishing through contact. I thought it was a huge sequence in the game when we were up four and we made a couple of poor decisions in the open floor. We got an offensive rebound and threw it to them – a live ball turnover – which led to a basket that tied the game. We go from having the ball to them shooting a layup to tie the game. We then go to Anthony Perez on the block for an and-one and he doesn’t finish the layup and goes 1-2 from the foul line.  The very next play, Trevor Releford gashes us as he goes through our four men and gets an and-one. They get the lead, although we tied it at the end, and it seemed like they had the momentum from that point forward.”