Alabama vs. Georgia Postgame Quotes



March 5, 2011

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Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
“I feel like we’re extremely blessed to have the opportunity to be in this position with everything our guys have overcome this year. I’m so proud of our guys, the way they fought. Today we played a very good Georgia team, a very physical, a very tough team, and we had to fight. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and it wasn’t pretty, but I’m just so proud of our guys. We overcame trouble, we overcame the poor shooting - we found a way. We had so many great efforts today from so many different people. I’m just proud of the win.”

On overcoming the struggles of the past two games:
“I was interested to see how our guys would bounce back. But as soon as we got to the practice floor a few days ago you could tell they were ready to go and they were focused on moving forward. The thing we’ve talked about all year is controlling what we can control, we couldn’t go back and change what happened, so we had to control today and take advantage of the opportunity that was in front of us. I’m proud of the maturity our guys showed. It was a great win for us.”

On the play of Davis, Hines and Hillman:
“I thought we got great effort out of all of our seniors. I’m so proud of those guys and so happy for them to get the win. Chris Hines in the first half and second half, before he fouled out, Chris had to be a yeoman in the low post, and he gave a yeoman’s effort and did a great job. With Charvez it was good to see him step up and provide scoring for our team, but also on the defensive end, coming up with the loose balls and making the hustle plays. I thought he played with passion and fire today, it was good to see him and all three of those guys as seniors to finish their career with an undefeated record at home and a chance at an SEC Championship.”

On the home-court advantage of Coleman Coliseum:
“Our fans have been tremendous. We wouldn’t be where we are at right now without the support and the enthusiasm that is in this building. I can tell you even today there were times when the energy was provided by the fans. And that’s been the case all season for us, our fans have been tremendous. The environment that’s been created in here is tremendous, our students, our supporters, everybody – it’s just tremendous and I can’t tell you how much it means in terms of what we’re trying to build and the program we want to establish here. It starts with the support we get from everyone and I couldn’t be prouder, couldn’t be happier.”

#1 JaMychal Green, Forward
On the game plan for Georgia:
“We just double teamed Trey Thompkins. He’s a great player, and we just tried to stop them from making three pointers in transition: I think we did a great job of that.”

On how big three pointers were for Alabama:
“They were huge. We need them at the tournament. Charvez stepped up at the right time and knocked down some big shots. ”

On playing more aggressively:
“Yeah coach told us to come out and hit first. They actually kind of hit us first, but we kept fighting and that’s what got us the win.”

On how big this win was:
“It was a huge win. To finish out the season undefeated at home is always a good feeling.”

#44 Chris Hines, Forward
On what the game plan was:
“Basically coach emphasized that we must go inside against them. When we got in the zone we needed quick ball movement and player movement at all times. We wanted to attack the zone and always make their defense move and rotate.”

On how helpful the outside shots were:
“Once Charvez gets hot from the outside, he can stroke them all day. So it really opened up the floor for us offensively, and we could really force them to get outside the zone and play man-to-man. ”

On how significant this win was being a senior:
“It was great. On top of that, it was the last home game and we have been undefeated at home, so to go out like that was a blast. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

#24 Charvez Davis, Guard
On what made him hit his three pointers today:
“I don’t know. I guess it was just my mindset. I give a lot of credit to my coaches and the players. They kept confidence in me. I have to tip my hat to Coach Brannen and Coach Kane because they made me a video to let me see what I was doing wrong, and I wasn’t really following through on the missed shots. I just really focused on that and really tried to follow through with every shot. Tonight it worked. I’m just really proud of myself and the seniors.”

On what the game plan was:
“We wanted to focus on ourselves and really defend, rebound and slow them down in transition. I think we did a really good job of slowing them down. Once again, I’m just proud of the team. ”

On how significant it is to end with this game at home:
“It feels great. I wanted to end it like this on a good note, so I’m proud of myself for that. I have to give my team credit because they were looking out for me and kept believing in me, so I take my hat off to them.”

Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox
On the job Charvez Davis did from three-point range:
“They shot the ball well today. He shot the ball well. We knew going in that he was the one guy on the team that is a proven shooter, and he really shot the ball well today.”

On if Alabama did anything defensively that surprised them:
“No, they played probably how we thought they would play defensively.”

On why they were so successful defensively and if turnovers had much to do with it:
“We just didn’t play with much authority today on offense, but you have to credit their defense too.”

#33 Trey Thompkins, Forward
On JaMychal Green:
“JaMychal Green is a good player. He can score, and we didn’t defend him well today.”

On Alabama’s defense:
“They changed up everything they did. Sometimes they would trap, and sometimes they wouldn’t. Sometimes they played zone and sometimes they played straight up man. They did a really good job scouting us, and we just got careless with the ball a few times.”

#1 Travis Leslie, Guard
On struggling on offense:
“We had a lot of mental mistakes. We had a lot of turnovers. Our shots weren’t falling. It just wasn’t going our way, and they played harder than we did.”

On the team’s mindset:
“Right now we just know we have to go out and win in the postseason. It’s a whole other season. The regular season is over. Now it’s win or go home.”