Men's Basketball vs. Tulane Poastgame Quotes
Dec. 30, 2012
Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant Opening statement: "You have to give Tulane credit. They made the plays at the end of the game. The last couple of minutes were reminiscent of the Mercer game where they got a couple of shots to fall and took the lead. I felt today was different. I felt our guys, from an effort and focus standpoint, understood what we needed to do. We had a real difficult time sustaining any success offensively in both halves. It really caught up with us in the second half when we had the opportunity to build on our lead or extend our lead. We let some possessions get away from us. Give them credit, they made some very timely shots, got some big rebounds and loose balls that we needed to go our way. Right now we're really struggling to get that necessary confidence and that continuity we need as a basketball team. Going forward we need to understand that we are in a difficult stretch right here with the way we're playing and the outcome of games, but as a coach what I was more upset with against Mercer was the effort. We got the effort today. Now what we have to look at is ways to make the guys more successful in what we're doing offensively and defensively."
On what changed when Tulane went on their stretches: "They have good players. We knew coming in that they had players capable of shooting the basketball. (Josh) Davis is a tough matchup with his athleticism and his ability to get on the offensive glass. He had a double-double tonight and he did a real good job and getting in between us. It seemed like every loose ball he was able to come up with and extend possessions for his team. I thought what really got us tonight was our inability to score. We had some opportunities and some looks that we just couldn't quite get to go down for us. Whether it was layups or open shots we just couldn't get any type of consistency offensively tonight."
Tulane Head Coach Ed Conroy
Opening Statement: "First off, I would like to credit Alabama and coach Anthony Grant. I knew that they would make it awfully tough on us, and I thought they had us out of rhythm the entire night. We were fortunate at the end. I thought we had some great leadership from our seniors. [Jordan] Callahan and [Kendall] Timmons down the stretch, Timmons with the free throws, Callahan with the threes. We got some things to go our way at the end, and we're fortunate to win. Other than that brief spell at the start of the second half, I thought coach Grant and Alabama had us really off stride with the press in the zone, and they did a great job and we were just very fortunate. "
On the sequence at the end of the game: "They have tremendous guards, and [Nick] Jacobs was playing well. What we told our guys was that we just have to be aggressive and stick to our principles. They had run several different things that were successful. Even though there were low scores, they had gotten free for layups during the course of the game. We just didn't want a quick score. We wanted to make them try to shoot something over the top, so we just stuck with our principles, and we were fortunate. "
On Josh Davis' game:
"Josh is a tremendous competitor. I thought there was a sequence--I don't know exactly what time in the second half--where we had three or four offensive rebounds and he was the main combatant in there wreaking havoc, and finally he came up with the basket. He just really leads our team from an intensity and a will-to-win standpoint. His voice in our timeouts and in our locker room was just tremendous, probably even a bigger effect than his 18 [points] and 12 [rebounds], and obviously that's significant. "