Alabama vs. Mississippi - Postgame Quotes



Feb. 12, 2011

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
“(That was a) very good team that we played tonight. We were fortunate that we were able to get a lead early and then able to hold on for the win. ”

On the team keeping poised with adversity in the second half:
“It was good to see. We made some plays there at the end that we had to make. We got some stops that we needed to make and made some free throws down the stretch. It seems to me that theme for the game today was that we needed to bring energy. I thought we did that very well in the second half. The turnaround wasn’t as much time as we needed and the guys didn’t play with as much energy in the second half. When you play against a team as talented as Ole Miss, they are always going to make a run. They’ve been in situations this year where you’ve seen it over and over again: they’re a team that’s capable of going on explosive runs. We kind of contributed to that. We helped that out with some of the turnovers that we had that led to opportunities for them. We didn’t guard some situations right in terms of the three-point line and that gave them opportunities. But overall, when you look at that and you look at where we stand right now, 10 games in, you’ve got to be pleased with that. We still have a chance as a basketball team to control our own destiny, which is where you want to be.”

On the things that contributed to the energy in the first half, especially Charles Hankerson, Jr.:
“I thought he came in and did a great job. He was a part of that energy. I thought he came in and made a couple of hustle plays for us. He got in transition and made a layup. He gave us an opportunity to give guys a break that needed a break at that time and it’s good to see him being ready when the opportunity presented itself.”

On Andrew Steele getting the start and being a reliable contributor for the team:
“Andrew is a guy that I’ve always said has a high basketball IQ. He really understands what should happen. He was able to get himself to the free-throw stripe down the stretch and make some plays. He understood that if we were patient we would put them in a position where they would have to foul. He did a great job of that. From a defensive standpoint, I thought our team did a great job. We were able to rotate some guys defensively. You look at a guy like Chris Warren. We talked about how dangerous he is before the game and what he’s capable of.  I thought everybody that guarded him tonight understood what we needed to do. There are some other guys on that team that stepped up and made some shots for them. Overall, the defensive game plan that we had was very good and the kids executed it very well.”
#12 Trevor Releford, Guard
On today’s performance:
“I don’t think the Ole Miss players heard their coach to back off, and I just took advantage of that and kept attacking them. When I did that, it opened it up for (JaMychal Green) and our big men.”
On Mississippi’s comeback:
“We’ve been through it before early in the year, and we’ve learned from that. I just told everybody in the huddle we got to stay together. We can’t spread apart and we have to keep fighting.”
On keeping up team performance through SEC play:
“We have to stay healthy and keep buying what Coach (Grant) is saying. Just keep doing what we’ve been doing and control our destiny.” 
#5 Tony Mitchell, Forward
On his performance in the last few games:
“My teammates are finding me at our right spots on the court and I am just making shots.”
On team’s performance in the first half:
“We just played our defense to our identity. We got stops and got into transition.”

On stopping Mississippi’s late rally:
“We knew they were going to make runs because they are a pretty good ball club. We just had to maintain and weather the storm.”


Mississippi Head Coach Andy Kennedy
On Alabama’s defensive presence:
“They were obviously very aware of where Chris (Warren) was at all times, which is what we anticipated. Most times when he came off the ball screen he was facing a double team. They are very active with their hands. They run through passes. Their reputation defensively preceded them.”
On Alabama shooting a high field goal percentage to start the game:
“As a former player, when you knock down shots you will be amazed at how it energizes you. I thought they shot the ball very, very well even when we played zone early. They were moving the ball well and they were knocking down open shots. ”
On the spark to get the team back in the game:
“Well we had some guys play with a better sense of urgency. We ended up winning the battle on the glass, which shows with 17 offensive rebounds. We were pursuing the ball much better than we were earlier. ”
On Dundrecous Nelson hitting three-pointers to put them back in contention:
“It’s what he does. He can come out and knock down shots in a hurry. I thought he gave us good energy and gave our team a little boost.”
#12 Chris Warren, Guard
On Alabama’s defensive effort today:
“They were aggressive. They were a real scrappy team. They are top in the nation in defense and that’s what they showed tonight.”
On if it was tough to find angles with the way they were cutting him off all night:
“Not necessarily. When they would send the double I would get the ball out and they would cover it. Like I said, they are a scrappy team so that’s what they work on.”
On if it’s hard not to get frustrated when they aren’t allowing many shots for him:
“Not really as long as we make the right plays. We just didn’t come out ready to play. We came out tentative and these are the results.”
#1 Terrance Henry, Forward
On the defensive effort by Alabama and them shutting down Chris Warren:
“Yeah coach was telling us before the game that we were going to have to play off Chris because they were going to be looking to deny him any good looks, and they did a good job of that.”
On if this was a good example of how hard it is to win when Chris Warren is shut down:
“No not really. The first half we just came out slow and they came out of the gate with a lot of energy. It was either they were going to come out flat from the loss Thursday or they were going to come out with something to prove; they came out with something to prove today.”
On what contributed to the slow start:
“It was just valuing the ball. We weren’t taking care of the ball. We knew going in they were going to be running right from the start and we just had some costly turnovers in the beginning that let them get out on the break and they got some easy ones.”