UA-Pepperdine Postgame Quotes



Dec. 28, 2010

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Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant
Opening statement: “I’ve been really impressed with our maturity. It’s good to see our guys come out with the focus they did. They did a great job from a scouting report standpoint defensively, taking Pepperdine out of the things they wanted to do. I thought our defensive intensity was really good early, it got us out to a lead and we were able to make some shots. I thought in the second half we were able to sustain a little bit of intensity and push the lead out as well.”

On the team’s improved maturity: “I really like the way our guys are approaching what we’re doing going forward right now in terms of preparing for the upcoming SEC schedule. It was a good win tonight with a lot of great efforts. You look at the stat sheet and the fact we had 22 assists to 13 turnovers, that’s a good sign for us. From an offensive standpoint that’s progress and we did a very good job on the defensive end as well. They made some late three’s there but overall I thought we took that away from them, especially their key guys and I thought overall it was a good effort.”

On making shots from the perimeter: “With the attention JaMychal (Green) draws inside, we want to work inside-to-out and I thought our guys did a good job of having patience, getting the ball inside and then from there looking for opportunities from the perimeter. The thing we talk about is just making sure we get good shots from the perimeter and as long as we are taking good shots we feel good about the opportunity for them to go in.”

On the play of senior forward Chris Hines: “It was great to see him go out tonight and get that double-double. He was close in our last game and did a great job and he put an emphasis there tonight. That’s an area for all of our guys, you don’t want to be selfish on the basketball court but on the glass that’s one area where you can be selfish. Try to go get every one of them, no one’s going to get mad at you if you get 20 rebounds.”

#1 JaMychal Green, Forward
On his 23-point, nine-rebound performance tonight: “Tonight the bigs were on fire. The guards did a great job of getting us the ball. We played as a team today, just moving the ball, playing the game and having fun out there. Everybody was knocking down shots.”

On the importance of starting fast following a week-long break: “It’s important. It’s important for us to get better after every game. We’re about to get into SEC play so we have to keep getting better and better because we’ll have better competition when it comes to the SEC.”

On what needs to be improved on the most with one non-conference game remaining: “All we have to do is stay focused and stay mature. We have to be smart about things – be patient on offense and clean up things on defense. Once we do that we’ll be a good team.”

#44 Chris Hines, Forward
On his first career double-double performance: “It was aggravating as a basketball player when you have 10 rebounds and two points. I went out today with a double-double mindset, as always, and I just happened to get it.”

On putting together a solid win after a week-long break: “It was good. It lets you know that you haven’t lost a step and that we’re still up to good standards as a team. It feels good to get it under your belt, especially going forward to the SEC.”

On what needs to be improved on the most with one non-conference game remaining: “We just have to keep doing what we’re doing. Coach mentioned today that we’re right around the corner from SEC play. We just have to keep coming out and continue to take care of what we can control, dominating in practice and doing the things we need to do to get better. Hopefully we’ll go into the SEC and be a force to be reckoned with.”

Pepperdine Head Coach Tom Asbury
On getting back on the court after the holiday break: “I think we can play a little bit better. They are obviously better than we are. They are big and athletic and have some pieces that are really good. We just didn’t get much consistent play out of our bigs and had to rely on our perimeter guys.”

On returning to Coleman Coliseum: “It was great. It was fun to come back and see some friends. Mal Moore was great to us when we were here and that is the reason why I came back. We got a chance to see some old friends and play a good team.”

On getting ready for conference play: “We are just going to try and get better. We have to prepare for the Gonzaga’s and the Saint Mary’s of our league. They are big, physical teams and that is what these teams are that we are playing now down the stretch.”