Alabama Men's Basketball vs. Dayton - Postgame Quotes

Dec. 5, 2012

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ALABAMA

Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement:
“I thought Dayton was the better team tonight.  They came out right from the tip and set the tone with the pace of the game.  They really hurt us in transition and our press was extremely ineffective.  They were able to take advantage of opportunities in the press and in the half court, they were able to exploit some things.  We just didn’t do a very good job of defending in any facet today.  On the other end of the floor they were more physical, just a little tougher in terms of what they were able to do to win the game.” 

On slow starts to both halves:
“Those are things that we’ve tried to address all year long.  We talked about it before the game and our guys are aware about the need for us to come out and start well and we had an inability to do that tonight.  As a basketball team that’s what’s going to allow us to be successful.  I thought the three-point line was the difference in the game.  In the first half they were 7 for 13 and the transition opportunities were huge.  We weren’t able to get any stops in the second half, and at the 11-minute mark they were shooting 75 percent from the field. So give them credit, they had an answer for everything that we threw at them today.  They played extremely well and as a basketball team, right now we have to do some soul searching and understand what it takes to win competitive games like this against quality teams.” 

Rodney Cooper #21, Guard
On the breakdowns in the defense:
“They were breaking the press, and beating us down the court most of the time. They were also playing with more passion than we were.”

On falling behind early but fighting back late:
“It was a bit discouraging, but they were penetrating in the lane and making their passes and knocking down shots.”

On Dayton’s Kevin Dillard’s game performance:
Being a veteran makes him a really good point guard. He’s the head of the snake, and he basically ran the show.”                                           

DAYTON

Head Coach Archie Miller
Opening Statement:
“Obviously it was a really good win for our team. We have a lot of respect for Alabama. I have a lot of respect for coach Grant, knowing what he has done for our program. To come down here and play against them and to watch them on film – this is a very good team. They are going to win a lot of games. We tried to come in aggressive and I thought Kevin [Dillard] was fabulous and he gave us all confidence and it kind of carried over in to everyone. This is the type of environment, in particular with the way that they play, that you have to have some playmakers out there that aren’t afraid. We had a lot of guys that stepped up in big moments. Whether it was [Josh] Benson or the freshmen, it was a good team effort against obviously a very good team.”   

On Kevin Dillard’s performance tonight:
“He was ready tonight – this is a big stage. He knew coming in to the game that if he didn’t play well, we weren’t going to have a chance to win. Quite frankly, I thought he dominated the game – that is what a great point guard does. I don’t think a team is going to score 81 points on Alabama in a very long time after this game and it’s a tribute to a great point guard. He has his ups and downs, but I thought he was ready to meet the challenge and responded very well after our NIU game and he has been practicing very hard. Our team is getting better in general. We have a long way to go and we will go as far as he can take us.”   

#1 Kevin Dillard, Guard
On what was working for him on offense:
My teammates just had me in good spots where I could score the ball, and I was able to get past the trap a little bit – the press – and it opened up a couple things for me.”

On what was working well for the team on offense:
“We just played off of each other, and played confident tonight. We wanted to come out and attack. We knew it was going to be a good game, a hard fought game, and we just wanted to compete to the best of our ability.”