Alabama Men's Basketball vs. Auburn Post Game Quotes



March 6, 2010

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
"Our guys showed great fight. I thought in the second half we came out defensively and really set the tone with our ability to make them struggle really in terms of the pressure we put on them. They had success with our mistakes in terms of turning the basketball over. We were set with our defense. I thought our defense was outstanding today and it was a great win for our team."

On the Tide's gray uniforms:
"We've had them all year. Tony Pujol, my assistant and director of basketball operations, brought it to my attention a few days ago. Actually we got the approval for them and they were excited when they saw them. They were pretty jacked up at the possibility of wearing them today. We won at home in those uniforms so maybe you'll see them again."

On Auburn guard Tay Waller:
"He's a phenomenal shooter and he makes it very difficult. As you mentioned, he's really had it going here of late. We wanted to try to harass him and force him to play inside of the three-point line today. He was able to get out there and have some success and make some tough ones from the perimeter."

On Greg Cage playing in his final game:
"He had an opportunity to come in and start and he was a significant contributor in those first four minutes of the game. He had the ability to finish and score his final points on Senior Day against a rival. I am really happy for him. He's been a great part of our basketball team. Greg is a guy that has graduated and is going to finish his Masters (degree) here at the end of the year. Rest assured that he's going to be very successful in whatever field he chooses to pursue once he leaves this University."

On finishing the week with two wins heading into the SEC Tournament:
"In regards to the SEC Tournament, my approach all year has been to take it one day at a time, one step at a time, but I do think this has been a week of growth for us. Obviously when you look at the way it started with JaMychal Green's suspension, going into South Carolina and being able to get a win on the road there was obviously crucial for us. Then coming back and my decision to bring JaMychal back and the seniors going out on a positive note winning two in a row in the league, I think there's certainly a lot there you can look at and say there are some positive things that we can build on and grow from there."

On ending Auburn's four game winning streak in the series:
"To be honest with you I really was unaware of any streak. My approach is game to game. Obviously this was a big win in our state. We were, I think, a game behind them going into the final game and obviously some things will play out over the course of the day. My focus has just really been on our basketball team and trying to get us to where we need to be mentally, physically and worried about us."

Alabama Players
Senior Guard Mikhail Torrance

On being able to finish his career with a win over Auburn in his final home game:
"It was very fun. You couldn't ask for anything more. We came out and gave them one at Auburn. To come out and be a senior and this be your last regular-season game, I really couldn't ask for anything more."

On getting two wins in one week:
"It feels great. It gives us confidence. Going into the SEC tournament with two wins under our belt for the week is really important. I think a team like that can be a scary team to go into the tournament and play. We have given so many games away. I don't think we've played a team that has just beaten us. We've beaten ourselves. We finally, at the right point in the season, understand what it takes to close out games. This is the perfect time for us."

On defense in the second half:
"We really locked down and we knew they were going to run. Coach did a great job of scouting. We were just really on top of everything they were doing. They couldn't really find an answer for us. We just tried to close out everything and get every defensive rebound and that's what we were able to do."

On Greg Cage playing in his last game as a senior:
"I was so happy for him because he comes into practice every day with a great attitude and never complains about anything. I just wish he would have shot more at the end but I'm happy for him."

Senior Guard Anthony Brock
On finishing his career with win over Auburn:
"I agree with Mikhail. To be our last game here in Coleman, this is a good win."

On Tony Mitchell's contribution:
"He's a big time player. I tried to tell him to stay focused and keep being aggressive. He can go at any time. I try to give him confidence because I know he can make big plays like that all the time."

Auburn Head Coach Jeff Lebo
On thoughts about the loss:
"Congratulations on the win goes to Alabama. A lot of their win had to do with their great defense. (Tony) Mitchell had some pretty good plays and the freshman really hurt us. (Chris) Hines was also a big difference in the game."

On Alabama's defensive effort:
"They are really good defensively and they match up pretty well with us. They have good defensive guards and have some strong senior guards. Their perimeter defense was pretty stout."

On Alabama's improvement since the last time AU played them:
"Well I don't know. I just watch our games but they are a very solid defensive team. I think their big win on the road against South Carolina gave them a lot of confidence."

On his mindset going into the tournament:
"We have been playing pretty well. We have struggled at times on the road, but have played great at home. We have struggled on the road finishing games. The second half on the road has been an issue for us."

Auburn Players
Senior Guard Tay Waller
On Alabama's defense:
"I don't think it was so much what they were doing defensively, but my shots just weren't falling. I couldn't get threes going. It probably had something to do with not getting a lot going on the inside."

On Brendan Knox:
"It makes a big difference when he produces on the inside. When they have to worry about him scoring, they don't switch off on screens as quickly, and that opens things up for our entire offense."
Senior Guard Dewayne Reed
On Auburn's lack of an inside presence:
"It's frustrating, because when we aren't scoring on the inside, it lets them stiffen up their defense on the perimeter. So then it becomes harder for anyone to score; it's just frustrating."