Alabama vs. Arkansas Postgame Quotes



Feb. 19, 2011

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
“I am just very proud of our guys. I think we came out with great focus, great energy today against a very tough, very talented Arkansas team to the very end and I’m glad we came out with the win.”
On a overcoming a difficult first half to be tied at the break:
“We did. I thought we came out and got a little run going and got a lead, then Arkansas being the tough team they are fought right back and knocked our guys back. But we regrouped, and we were able to go into the half tied even with the mistakes we made. I felt like we were in good position from a defensive standpoint to set the tone.”
On Charvez Davis’ defensive pressure:
“His focus was unbelievable tonight. From defending and doing everything he had to do from a defensive standpoint in light of the fact that we’re playing our second consecutive week of Thursday/Saturday games and the energy that it takes to play in this league, it was incredible.”

On Andrew Steele’s performance:
“I think Andrew is another guy that did a great job on Rotnei Clarke. Between Charvez and Andrew the effort, the focus and the energy was outstanding.”
#12 Trevor Releford, Guard
On the importance of the win, clinching the Western Division:
“It was big. We accomplished our first goal, but Coach Grant says we can’t be satisfied. We still have to look at the bigger picture.”
On getting the home win against Arkansas:
“That was our main focus this week; to get them back, because they got us at their place. We couldn’t let them sweep us and get a win at Coleman. So we just came out with a lot of energy, and just played our game.”
On his breakaway alley-oop pass to Tony Mitchell:
“I just saw Tony, just like at practice, he told me if I throw it anywhere, he’ll go and get it. When I saw the (Arkansas) dude come he really didn’t know, he was in a really bad position so I just threw it up there.”
#5 Tony Mitchell, Forward
On his leadership on the court:
“I was just trying to get my team hyped, keep us in the game, so that we knew where we’re at and that we still had more in the tank, just to finish the game.”
On his energy on the court:
“I do what I can to help my team win. If I have to go get every rebound, go get every dunk, anything I can do to help my team.”
On locking up the West:
“It was huge for us to get the win, to give us confidence on our home floor, to clinch on our home floor. We’re still not done, we have a couple more games to go, and we just have to finish out.”
Arkansas Head Coach John Pelphrey
Opening statement:
“Well coming in here we knew we would have to play 40 minutes of basketball. I thought we competed there for a really long period of time. I’m not sure what the score was heading into the last four minutes, but I thought we had a chance. Probably the biggest thing for us was in the second half defensively we were not as good as we were in the first. Their big three made some plays and obviously from an offensive side we found it tougher sledding in the second half. Alabama was just better than us down the stretch.”
On Alabama’s 13-2 run in the second half making a difference:
“Obviously we know basketball is a game of runs and they had one earlier to start the game, we got back and had one. I think we were up five a couple times and had the ball and were not able to do anything with the lead. Exactly what was going on, I don’t know. I think that you look at the stat sheet from a turnover point and 18 is not us. I thought they were very good defending around the basket.”
On Tony Mitchell’s game and what he brought tonight:
“He is getting better every game. He’s very confident right now and that shows in the three-point shooting. He’s a high-energy guy and he’s constantly flying to the basket for those offensive rebounds. He impacts the game with the transition baskets, the offensive rebounding and he’s worked very hard. I thought he did a good job in the pick and roll with JaMychal Green and was able to score a couple goals.”
On Rotnei Clark’s game tonight:
“I thought that he played well, he made some really difficult shots. Obviously Alabama is a very good defensive basketball team and they made it difficult on him. For him to get that many points against them is not easy. I thought that his teammates did a good job screening for him, getting some curls and delivering balls on time.”
#15 Rotnei Clarke, Guard
 On the game’s outcome:
“We probably have to go back and figure out everything that went wrong. Whether it was turnovers or second-chance points, the fact is that they made plays and we didn’t.”
On performing in hostile environments:
“I tried to stay focused on the things going on the floor. We know we are going to go into hostile environments. We just try to focus on our guys, our team, and trying to make our team better. We just try to put ourselves in a position to win. I wasn’t focused on what other people were saying. When I have the ball, I don’t really care to look out in the stands.”

#5 Glenn Bryant, Forward
On the game’s outcome:
“Execution was the main thing. We didn’t execute as well as we should have. We didn’t execute as well as we did during the first half. They just played harder.”
On Tony Mitchell:
“You can tell he’s worked on his game a lot. He has grown a lot from last year to this year. This year he dribbles better and shoots a lot better. He plays hard every possession.”