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Baylor, Texas A&M Postgame Quotes

Jan. 2, 2012

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Mon., Jan. 2, 2012
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Attendance: 8,424

  Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement:
“Any time that you play Texas A&M, you are in for a hard-fought game. I thought both teams really competed. Both teams are great defensively and I was really proud of our defensive effort holding them to just 28 percent field goal defense. At the same time, we have to get better taking care of the basketball. We rebounded better but the most important thing is that any win in conference is a good win and we are pleased to get off to a 1-0 start.”

On Baylor’s quick start and stifling defense:
“I think A&M missed some shots that they usually don’t miss and I think we were pretty active defensively contesting shots. A&M is a team that is good defensively and I think you saw one of those types of games.”

On Baylor’s inside game:
“To beat a good team you have to be able to score inside. Our biggest strength, from game to game, is that we have different people stepping up at different times. One game it might be the guards, one game it might be the wings and one game it is the inside players. It all depends on what the defense gives you and that is what makes us good – our depth. We’re unselfish and we work for each other.”

On the development of Quincy Miller:
“(Quincy) Miller is becoming more and more aggressive and doing a better job of realizing his size and rebounding better. At the same time, the big thing is that you have to take what the defense gives you and I thought we were able to take advantage of that early.”

Forward Quincy Acy

On Baylor’s defensive effort…
“Coach Drew really emphasized defense tonight. I think we have done a better job defensively as the season has progressed. We’ve been defending the rim and rebounding more while doing a good job on the offensive glass.”

On being ranked fourth in the AP Poll…
“I made sure, being the captain of the team, that we don’t pay attention (to the rankings). It’s nice to have but we want more. Last year when we were ranked ninth for the first time, we went to Dallas and got embarrassed. I experienced that and I want to make sure the guys realize what is capable of happening. We just need to make sure that we don’t pay attention to the rankings and go out each night and play like we have something to lose.”

Forward Perry Jones III

On the inside game:
“The game plan was to definitely get the ball inside tonight to set it up to work the ball inside and out. Coach Drew told me that I had to post up more and get as close to the basket as I could so I good get good looks.”

On the physical tolls of Big 12 play:
“The game was very physical because we knew that they were a very physical team. We just tried to match their intensity and their physicality.”

Forward Quincy Miller

On his first Big 12 game:
“Today was definitely an experience and the atmosphere was very live. The game was very physical and I think that will help me be a bit more mentally prepared for the next game.”

 Head Coach Billy Kennedy

Opening statement...
"You have to give Baylor credit. They made a lot of shots. (Quincy) Acy shoots a three in the corner, (A.J.) Walton makes a big shot. I thought they did a good job offensively even when our defense was good. We need to stay out of foul trouble. We have to limit our margin of error.”

On Baylor’s zone defense…
“It’s part of playing against that big zone offense. The back line of that zone is very big and takes time to adjust to. I thought we got some pretty good looks early. We just didn’t make them and got in foul trouble. We didn’t get a whole lot of help from the bench either.  ”

On paying special attention to Baylor’s guards on defense…
“That was one of our goals, to limit (Brady) Heslip and (Pierre) Jackson offensively. When Acy makes a three and (Perry) Jones is very hard to guard one-on-one, it makes it extremely difficult to defend them. I’m still proud of our guys. I thought we did a decent job on defense, but when you go 6-for-22 and you have two of your best players on the bench, it’s going to be tough. ”

Guard Elston Turner

On the team struggling offensively in the first half…
“We came in prepared, but we played very timidly and a little bit overwhelmed. The fact that we weren’t making shots didn’t help either. Like coach said, the foul trouble kind of got our offense out of sync. ”

On the offensive change in the second half…
“(It was) A combination of things. We limited our fouls which kept Khris (Middleton) in the game. We felt like we competed on defense. When you do that and stay out of foul trouble, you put your team in a position to win the game.”



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