Jan. 5, 2008
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew: On the game: "We were fortunate to be in the game as poorly as we shot the ball in the second half. 28 percent from the field, eight percent for three, and when you take Henry's (Dugat) two threes out, we're one for 17 for three. That's been our m.o. all year. Credit Arkansas, they really rose to the occasion. They played like a team that's been to back-to-back tournaments, a team that's got six seniors that are hungry and needed a game, and they did a great job. We were fortunate to have a chance, and we'll learn a lot from this game that will help us when conference season comes around."
On Kevin Rogers getting into foul trouble: "That's another lesson we learned. We've got to do a better job as a coaching staff of monitoring Kevin (Rogers) so that we don't get him in foul trouble in that first half. We needed him on the court, and in the second half we didn't have a point or rebound out of him. He's a focal point of our team, and we need him, so we'll do a better job of keeping him out of foul trouble."
On taking three-pointers late in the game: "There was one where we got a foul called on a set play with about 30 seconds left, and that was a designed three. With the other ones we just have confidence in our guys, but I think that's something that we'll do differently in the future."
On playing at the American Airlines Center: "(This game was) another great experience for us that will carry over into Big 12 play because that's what atmospheres are like in Big 12 play. For a couple of our new guys like Delbert (Simpson) and LaceDarius (Dunn) it was a good experience. Again, I'd rather learn these things in the non-conference than in conference, so that's the good thing. The bad thing is that obviously if we would've taken the ball to the hole a little bit more and played a little better defense, we could've kept that lead that we had."
Baylor guard Curtis Jerrells: On the team shooting 3-of-20 from three-point range: "Everybody knows we take a lot of threes, and when we're making them it's all good, but when we're missing them we've got to find other ways to score the basketball, and tonight it showed. We got to the lane a lot, but we didn't get to the line enough."
On the team shooting 28 percent in the second half" "They played some good defense, but those are shots we normally make. All of us who took threes and missed threes, starting with myself, are disappointed. We know those are shots we can make, so we've just got to get back in the gym and get ready for the next game."
On what went wrong in the second half: "We made shots early, but in the second half we started missing shots and we got away from driving to the basket. We've got to learn to be more balanced when one thing isn't working for us."
On the energy Tweety Carter brings to the team: "He's a dog when he's guarding the ball, and we feed off of that energy. He comes up with a lot of steals in the passing lanes and on the ball, and when you see him guarding like that, it makes you want to guard. He brings a lot of energy."
Baylor guard Tweety Carter: On what he takes from this game: "Every game you can come out and look at film and get better. We've got to get better at finishing games in the second half. We've got to get better at defense. This game is a game that we have to put past us, but learn from our mistakes and just move on."
Arkansas Head Coach John Pelphrey: On the game: "We feel very fortunate to come in here and get a win. Baylor has had a tremendous non conference schedule. They were a dangerous basketball team for us. It took us a long time to figure out how to guard them. They are talented at the guard spot, and (Kevin) Rogers up front is very talented as well. In the second half we started playing the game the right way in terms of figuring out how to defend the pick and roll, guard the perimeter and play the game without fouling. Our guys stepped up and cashed in on their free throws late in the game. "
On the second half adjustments: "We blitzed the pick and roll and we tried to force it to Baylor's 3 and 4s so that we could get there post players to try and play the basketball, which makes it very difficult because that is not what they do. In the second half we just tried to blitz the three point line, but we didn't get that done, so we just went back to jumping the pick and roll. I think that all of the chasing down the court in the second half forced Baylor to expend a lot of energy. I thought we were going against a tired basketball team in the final three minutes."
Arkansas forward Charles Thomas: On the slow start by Arkansas: "I think we kept our composure. Sometimes we get in a rush when teams get a big lead like that. We just stuck together, and we were all on one page and we just kept our composure."
Arkansas forward Sonny Weems:
On the game:
"We came in confident and we knew that it was going to be a tough game with their guards and our guards, and their big men and our big men. We were just confident coming into the game. We have been working hard in practice, and I think our confidence just showed."