Alabama Men's Basketball vs. Missouri - Feb. 22



Feb. 22, 2014

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
“I’m really proud of our guys. I thought the fight we had today was awesome. It was great to see them come out and play with the confidence and the energy that we needed. Missouri is a very good team and we knew that they would battle back. Our guys made enough plays and got enough stops at the end of the game to come up with the win.”

On the team’s mindset:
“We don’t live in the circumstances and we’re not looking to have pity parties or anything like that. We understand that we’ve got to get better; we understand that we have to work every single day and our group has done that. There is not a day that has gone by where we’ve come in and the guys have not been able to meet the challenge that myself and my staff has set every day to work and get better. It’s great to see them get rewarded with the win.”

On Levi Randolph’s production:
It was awesome. It was great just to see Levi (Randolph) play with that confidence, that freedom, and to put it together for forty minutes and we needed every bit of it. He was huge tonight and I think his teammates did a great job of continuing to encourage him and everybody. Obviously Levi did a great job tonight. You look at thirty-three points on the board, but there was so many different things that our guys did well tonight. Communication was good out there from a defense standpoint, and they just had fun out there competing. I think Missouri is a great team. They cut it to one there, and you could tell our guys were not going to be denied just from the way they approached each possession. They understood what they had to do to come out with the win.”

Junior Guard, #20 Levi Randolph

On scoring 33 points:
“I just tried to focus on the game plan and do the things that Coach (Anthony Grant) asked us to do. Coach always tells us to be aggressive and play with confidence and to take open shots when they’re there. When a shot comes you have to be able to take it.”

On his aggressiveness:
“As far as offense and the things we were doing, shots were becoming available and my teammates were able to find me and I was able to knock them down.”

On getting into a rhythm:
“Coach (Anthony Grant) always tells us to play with confidence. I just tried to do the things that I needed to do to win. When opportunities presented themselves I tried to take advantage of those opportunities.”

On playing with confidence throughout the season:
“Sometimes I’m hesitant to do things, and I just have to play through it. We talk about it every day. We’ve had a rocky road and we just have to try to keep getting better each game. No matter what adversity hits us, we have to stay on track. When adversity hits, sometimes we kind of take a step back, but we have to keep pushing. Coach (Anthony Grant) always tells us to play with confidence and keep playing. Things are going to happen when we have to have a single mentality whether we have success or adversity.”


Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith

On Levi Randolph’s night:
“He had a career game. He was very comfortable. We let Alabama have easy buckets in transition. Our play boosted their confidence.”

 On Missouri’s comeback attempt:
“We cut their lead to one. As bad as we were playing, we had shots, we had the ball and we had a chance to take the lead. We got back in the game. We couldn’t stop them when they needed to be stopped.”

On turnovers in the last five minutes:
“We would get on offense and try to do too much one-on-one.”

#32 Jabari Brown, Guard

On having such a tough time keeping an eye on Levi Randolph:
“We just weren’t locked in defensively. I feel I didn’t do a very good job defensively in the first half so I take some of that blame and it just hurt us. Once he got going, he started knocking down three’s left and right. That’s all it takes, just a couple of shots to go in for guys and they get a lot of confidence.”

On the problem with the defense whether it’s communication or effort:
“It’s a combination. A lot of it is communication. We wanted to keep eyes on (Trevor) Releford, not that it’s an excuse for guys to get behind us, but I think that was part of it as well.”