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Baylor, Texas Postgame Quotes

Jan. 25, 2014

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Texas 74 (16-4, 5-2), Baylor 60 (13-6, 1-5)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Attendance: 8,052


Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew

Opening Statement:
"I thought in the first half we played pretty good defense and gave ourselves a chance to hopefully have a lead. We did a good job of getting a couple of their guys in foul trouble, and unfortunately we weren't able to capitalize. I think the toughest thing in coaching is the fine line when a team needs confidence, to give them confidence. I thought against Kansas we came out and shot with confidence, and we tried the same approach today, and we took some bad shots, and that's why we were 0-9 from three in the first half. I thought we were rushing and hurrying them. In the second half we did a better job of sharing the basketball, but I thought Texas played very sound basketball and didn't take bad shots. In the post I thought Cory [Jefferson] and Isaiah [Austin] did a good job of contesting shots and making it tough on them, but usually Cory, Isaiah and Rico [Gathers] aren't gonna go 5 for 21. I think Texas deserves credit for that, their defense did a great job. At the end of the day we like this team, we're not gonna give up. We're gonna keep fighting and find out how we can be better offensively and defensively. We've been good for one half, so we'll keep working to get better.

Last year at this time we were 5-1 and thought everything was great and we finished 9-9. This year, we're 1-5 and we'd rather finish well then start well so, we'll see what we can do."

On the team's adjustments at half that led to better shooting in the 2nd half:
"I thought we were more patient in the 2nd half. I thought people got each other shots, whereas in the first half everyone was taking it on themselves to try to force the action and what happens is you get five guys out there doing that, then nobody is helping each other, and at the end of the day, it's a team game, and we need to share the ball, and help our teammates get looks and shots and trust each other more."

On the team's confidence right now:
"Obviously down. But at the same time, every day we have a choice and we control our attitude and effort. I hope guys are sleeping in the gym, because we got a lot of guys shooting poor. Gary [Franklin] was shooting in the 20s and this morning was in at 7 in the morning and had his best shooting performance since Hawaii. When you're shooting 30% in conference, you have to build confidence in yourself before anyone else has confidence in you."

Senior Guard Gary Franklin

On the mood of the team:
"Obviously we're feeling a little bit down because we lost. But at the end of the day, we're very optimistic, we just had a team meeting, and we talked a lot and we're going to figure it out. This is a team that is going to keep fighting no matter what."

On trying to focus on just the next game:
"Last year at this time we were 5-1, and we ended up playing in the NIT. We just have to build off this. I told my team today, just now, that I'd rather be in this position than be undefeated and lose the first game in the NCAA tournament. I think coming back from this would build a lot of character and give us more confidence. Starting from the bottom really builds character, and it gives you something to fight for. It's hard to develop from perfection so this would really show how good we are."

Sophomore Forward Taurean Prince

On what it will take to get out of the losing streak:
"We've got to stick to what we know, continue to do what we've been doing, we've just got to be better at it. We've got to pick up the intensity coming out of halftime, we can't start slow. We've just got to continue to do what we do. We don't have to change anything, we're a great team and we'll show it."

On the offensive struggles today:
"We've just got to keep driving and kicking, and finding each other in open spots. We've got to get the ball where our teammates like it, and keep feeding off of each other and stick to what we do. We've got to keep finding each other and try and get assists and put it in the right player's hands."


Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes

On their perimeter defense:
"I really thought there were a lot of good things that happened. We did foul too much in the first half, but overall it was very good. We have a couple of guys we expect to be aggressive. I think they have a hard time sometimes from really being aggressive to getting somewhere in between. It was a total team defensive win, no question."

On having very few starters on the floor at the end of the first-half:
"It was important, maybe the most important part of the game that we were able to hold it down right there. We have had to deal with that a number of times. We don't want to do it. We changed some defense to try to get out of it without getting some of the guys into further foul trouble. That was an important stretch in the first half."

On the biggest change after winning 16 games all last season and then being 16 after 20 games so far this season:
"I guess I went from dumb to being smarter. The bottom line is the players. These guys have done it all year. They made a commitment as soon as the season was over with and those guys they have been unbelievable. The young guys, you have to give them a lot of credit because they came in with no sense of entitlement."

Texas Guard Isaiah Taylor

On his shot finally starting to fall:
"Jonathan [Holmes] and Javan [Felix] have been tearing up the Big 12. A lot of teams are kind of focusing on them so it's opening lanes up for me. I really struggled with a zone early in the season. In practice I have just been harping on the zone and penetrating gaps and that's what I did today."

On if he was surprised on how open the lane was all day:
"I wasn't totally surprised. Coach Barnes tells us not to keep the ball stagnate, and once we started moving the ball the defense had to shift. Having a shooter like Javan and Jonathan at forward opened up the lane for me."

Texas Forward Jonathan Holmes

On the physical game inside and the message they were trying to send:
"We knew they were a pretty tough team down low. They have some big guys down there, and they are a good rebounding team. We just wanted to establish ourselves on the boards and show them we are tough too."

On the streak they are on right now:
"It's a pretty big accomplishment, but our mindset all year has been to not be content with how we are doing. We are trying to get better each day in practice. We really haven't done anything yet. We are trying to win a Big 12 Championship. We haven't done.



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