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Baylor, TCU Postgame Quotes

Jan. 12, 2013

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JAN. 12, 2013 • ATTENDANCE: 7,753

 Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement:
“We knew coming into this game that TCU was top 70 in just about every defensive category in the nation. With their pace of play at 322 in the nation we knew it was going to be one of those grind it out games. Earlier in the year against some teams that really made you guard for 35 seconds, we did not do as well and we did not carry over the defensive intensity. I thought tonight we missed shots, but we guarded for 40 minutes and rebounded for 40 minutes. As long as you do that, you give yourself a chance to win. Each and every game in the Big 12 offers different challenges, which makes coaching, playing and watching so exciting.”

On the intensity of the second half:
“We missed so many easy shots in the first half. I think we were defending well, but when you are missing shots you cannot really get that separation. Second half, we obviously shot 52 percent and were 13-of-25. I thought a lot of them were similar shots, but they went in and that allowed us to get that separation. I thought the defensive pressure of Deuce Bello, Gary Franklin, A.J. Walton and Pierre Jackson during that run helped us to get some easy transition buckets because of their defense.” 

On Cory Jefferson’s tenacity:
“Cory is one of those guys who every day has played against pro’s, and to his credit he has absorbed that knowledge. He has waited his time which is so rare in today’s society of college basketball. We always knew he was a good player and now he is having the chance to show it. He has got such a quick bounce and you cannot teach his athleticism with what he does around the rim.”

 Senior Guard Pierre Jackson

On scoring in the second half:
“We were just playing better team ball. On offense, shots were not falling so we knew that we had to get them on transition and get easy buckets. Just getting a couple of stops and getting easy scores or doubling down and playing through the post and Cory Jefferson did a great job.”

On looking ahead to Kansas:
“We know to take it one game at a time. By overlooking one team could get you beat by the very team you are overlooking. We knew to focus on TCU. We knew that Kansas was a big game, but TCU was the team that was on the schedule at the time so we had to focus on them.”

 Junior Forward Cory Jefferson

On the defensive play of TCU:
“They had some great defense and at the same time, our shots just were not falling. We knew to keep going and eventually they would fall.”

On the 14-2 second half run:
“We were just playing our ball. Doing what we were supposed to do on defense and keep going to our game plan on offense. Playing inside out through the post, through the guards and moving in transition.”

 Head Coach Trent Johnson

Opening statement:
“Obviously Baylor is a very, very talented basketball team. They cause a lot of problems with their length and their skill level. (Pierre) Jackson is probably as good as there is in the country, not necessarily the league. I thought my guys did a good job of going into the game understanding what we needed to do to have a chance to have a victory. With their strength and their athleticism they wore us out with a five minute stretch and we couldn’t make a shot. It was disappointing that Garlon (Green) was never able to play the game and get into a rhythm having to sit the first half with two fouls. He is key to what we do offensively and he never really got into a rhythm, and they did a good job of keying on him. It is just real disappointing because I really struggle when you have a chance to compete like that and have a chance to beat a team; and we had an opportunity. We had a five minute spurt there where they ran out on us and we couldn’t get things done on the offense or defensive end. All that being said, short bus ride home which is better. We can get home and get some rest. We have to get back out there on Monday and get back to work.”

On Charles Hill’s play today:
“It has taken him a little while to get ready. I think he understands, and I see it in practice, and I think he understands that at this level you have to have a sense of urgency in practice and a sense of urgency on every possession and sometimes it takes freshman a little longer than the other freshman. One thing about Charles is that he is a great kid, he listens and he is willing to be receptive to coaching and he can shoot the ball.”

On the impact of Green sitting for most of the first half:
“What hurt us in the second half when they got their runs was that we got to playing too fast as opposed to us running our stuff and getting a good shot late into the shot clock. We knew going in that against a team like this, because we struggle to score, that we have to manage the tempo and things right. Basically we got caught up trying to play too fast and they were able to go the other way.”

Freshman Guard Charles Hill

On the impact of playing well in his first start:
“It helps my confidence a lot. Not playing very much and then coming in and getting to start in a big game like Baylor, it helps my confidence a lot.”

 Sophomore Guard Devonta Abron

On going into the half with a slight lead over Baylor:
“Going into the second half we were talking at halftime and telling each other that we know what was about to come. I was telling my team that it was zero to zero and we have got to come out and play like it was the first half. We knew things weren’t going our way and that we just had to stick together and play hard.”

On the impact of Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin in the post:
“They are two great post guys. Going into this game me and my teammate, Adrick McKinney, knew what we were going up against and we told each other we have just got to keep playing hard and bang with them. We had them in our hands in the first half, but in the second half we kind of let them loose when we should have kept them tight.”



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