Jan. 3, 2014
9/11 BAYLOR (12-1) 80, NR/NR SAVANNAH STATE (2-12) 50
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Fri., Jan. 3, 2014
BAYLOR POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Scott Drew
On what he looked for from tonight's game...
"First and foremost, a win. You want to finish your con-conference schedule well. I think we got separation because they do such a great job of controlling the tempo. We wanted to make sure that we dictated the tempo tonight. I'm pleased with all of that. Now we have to get our players ready for conference. I'm excited about how we finished our non-conference schedule, but Big 12 play is special, and having the chance to go against Iowa State -- who hasn't lost a game yet -- we are excited and ready to go."
On Baylor shooting 75% in the first half and 38.7% in the second...
"I thought that we really shared the ball well in the first half and made the extra passes, and then we made the shots. In the second half, we didn't get as easy looks or work the ball as well early on. We were 1-for-11 from the three-point line in the second half. If you depend on the three-ball, that's why you won't have a good year. You going to have nights where you make or miss them, but you have to defend and rebound and take care of the ball. I'm excited that we did do that."
On Taurean Prince's contributions off the bench...
"I think that our coaching staff never doubts T.P.'s offense. We are always encouraging him about the other end, and he's gotten better and better. Because of his length and athleticism, he can be an impact defensive player as well as an offensive player. I'm really pleased with the progress that he's made there. Offensively, he handles the ball much better than he did last year. He plays within the offense and does a great job after rebounding getting into transition. He really opens things up when he gets into the open court."
On the start of Big 12 play...
"I'm most definitely (pleased with our play going into the Big 12) from the standpoint of our last two games. There wasn't a doubt in the outcome. I thought we got separation and built on leads. We haven't allowed people to get back into games. There's a lot of positives. If you're a basketball fan, you have to be so excited for the Big 12 this year -- the number one conference in the country, with a lot of great teams. For Baylor fans, home court advantage is so important because you have to win your home games. If you get a chance to go on the road you can see the great atmospheres that we get to play in. That's why it is so tough to play on the road."
Senior F Cory Jefferson
On not overlooking Baylor's last non-conference game...
"We never overlook anyone. That's how you get beat, really. We don't take anyone for granted. We knew coming into the game that we needed to play like we've been playing all year and worry about the next game afterward."
On the slow starts to both halves of the game...
"It's definitely something that we will have to change. We can't keep coming out like that every game, especially with conference play starting. We know that if we do that going into Big 12 play it won't be a good end result for us."
Sophomore F Taurean Prince
On his contributions off the bench...
"I don't really pay attention to who's guarding me. I think it just me trying to bring energy in any way possible to the team. I run very hard in transition that I believe it gives me an advantage over the defense. Besides that, I'm just trying to rebound."
On Baylor's post play effectiveness...
"I think we were effective going inside (to the post), but we can always be better. It's something that we will have to work on before we open up at Iowa State."
SAVANNAH STATE POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Horace Broadnax
"[Baylor is] every bit of what their rankings are. They have a lot of different weapons to hurt you with and they are just huge and big. They are a huge, big team. I know [BU Head Coach Scott Drew] is looking to be extremely successful in the Big 12, and probably going deep in the NCAA tournament."
On how Baylor compares to the other ranked teams SSU has faced this season...
"[Baylor has] a different style of play. I think Florida plays a little bit up tempo. We played Arkansas, and they like to chase you. This team just dissects you. They cut you apart in different areas. You think they aren't playing hard, and then you look up, and you are down 16 points real early. I thought their guys shot the ball well and I thought we just didn't compete defensively. I think they were shooting the ball over 75 or 80 percent at one point. I don't think we could shoot that well if we were on the court by ourselves. That is just a part of competing. They have big bodies and guards that can knock down shots and guards that can get off the dribble, and their big guys pass the ball well and can also get off the dribble. They throw a lot of different things at you and create a lot of different problems for you."
On the size difference between BU and SSU...
"[Baylor was] bigger than us on the inside and we were just trying to get guys to pull off the wings and try to get their bigs to rotate over. We were trying to let the small guys touch it -- they didn't necessarily have to score -- just touch it, and kick back out. Sometimes when you practice something at a certain speed and in the game it happens at a higher speed, your brain has a tendency to not work like it did at that lower speed. So sometimes some guys forget. That is what these bigger programs do, they get you outside of your comfort zone, and when you get out of that comfort zone you can't react and you start thinking. And when you start thinking on the basketball court against a program like Baylor you are going to be in trouble."