March 11, 2009
Box Score |
BAYLOR 65 (18-13), NEBRASKA 49 (18-12) 49
FORD CENTER - OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP, FIRST ROUND
MARCH 11, 2009
CHARLIE FISS: Okay. We're joined now
by the Bears from Baylor. Coach, congratulations
on the victory today and we'll call on you first for
your thoughts on today's victory.
COACH Scott Drew: I think we really
came out focused. We did a tremendous job
defensively. Besides turnovers, executed well
shooting 53% from the field, 54% from the field.
So I'm very pleased with the first game
performance and I think our guys are very focused
and excited to play.
Q. For Curtis, just talk about what was
the difference between today and five days
Curtis Jerrells: We was ready to
play. I think we switched it up defensively a little
bit. Coach made the coaching adjustment, made
the adjustment on defense. We played a little bit
of zone. Didn't make many shots. So we stuck
with it and we were more patient on offense. We
had a lot of turnovers, but that was more on us
rather than what they were doing.
Q. What was it about the zone do you
think that made them so uncomfortable?
Curtis Jerrells: I'm not sure. I just
know their two best guys are pretty much on the
inside and the rest of the guys on the outside, I
guess they wasn't too much confident. I heard one
of them say "shoot the ball with confidence." I
guess they didn't make shots. Kevin did a good
job of rebounding.
Q. This is for Kevin. Can you talk
about the emphasis you guys put on
rebounding I think 43-18 was the difference
Kevin Rogers: Rebounding has always
been the emphasis, especially for a team like us.
We are not the biggest team and that's been a
focal point of ours the entire year. I'm glad that we
were able to finally kind of put it together in the
tournament, definitely when we need it.
Q. Kevin and Curtis, if you want to
jump in, can you talk about the lift Josh gave
you in the first half getting you off to a quick
Kevin Rogers: Josh is like the
moveable force. Once he is in that vein, it is
almost impossible to get him out of there.
We knew they were a small team. We
wanted to get the ball inside as much as possible
and, like I said, once Josh catches it, 4 feet in, you
know, it is almost a guaranteed bucket.
Q. Kevin, can you ever recall a time
when you single-handedly out rebounded the
Kevin Rogers: (Smiling) not at all.
Anything that I can do to help this team win and
keep us, you know, playing and trying to get into
the NCAA tournament, I'm willing to do.
Q. How important was the start of the
second half after they had made the run late in
the first half to make it close again and you all
pulled it out early in the second?
Curtis Jerrells: It was very
important. I think we went up ten in the first half.
We kind of relaxed. And then they make a run and
we were up one. I look at the scoreboard and it is
kind of deflating. But we came in, and like I said, coach
made some adjustments. We decided we would
be more patient on offense in order to get Josh the
ball and start inside. I think we made a run. After
we were up ten again, I told the guys, we have
been here before and let's just have a different
And everybody, they bought into it and we
went out and got more stops.
Q. What's y'all's attitude coming into
the tournament? Are you looking at this as a
clean slate after a disappointing conference
Curtis Jerrells: Most definitely. We
had a team meeting and we discussed it. From
this point on, everybody is 0-0. You lose, you go
home. We understand that. We just want to come
in and our goal is to win, win, win.
Q. Kevin, this situation could well be
applied as out of the frying pan, into the fire.
On the one hand, you had a great starting game
against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Now you
will take on the Kansas Jayhawks. What are
your thoughts on taking on the Jayhawks and
moving on through the tournament?
Kevin Rogers: You know, obviously
Kansas is a great team. Everybody said that they
were young and inexperienced. But they have two
veteran leaders in Sherron and Cole. That's the
heart and soul of the team. So we definitely have
to come in with a different level of focus.
When we played them at our place, we
played them very close. They came out and got
some stops and made some buckets. But like
Curtis said, this is a new thing. We are just going
to come out and get a victory.
CHARLIE FISS: Congratulations, Coach,
on your win today. Coach, we'll take questions for
Q. Scott, why was that zone so
COACH DREW: They missed some shots
and I think we did a good job contesting shots.
When you miss your first couple, then it becomes
harder to make them. And because we contested
those, they missed a couple.
Then when they had some open ones, it
was harder for them to go down. Again, we were
very active in it. We didn't give up a lot of
second-chance opportunities, which is again an
easy way for an offense to get back on track.
Q. Coach, you had one free-throw
attempt in the first half, part of a three-point
play from Kevin Rogers. In the second half you
got to the line 18 times. That was a difference
between a three-point lead and a large lead at
the end of the?
COACH DREW: Normally the people
getting to the free-throw line are the more
aggressive ones. We made a conscious effort to
take the ball inside and I think we did a better job
of that second half.
Again, credit to Josh real came up big
because we didn't know if he.
Q. When did you decide to go to the
zone? Was it something specifically about the
way they played that might make you to decide
to do it this time?
COACH DREW: At our place watching on
film, we only played zone for a few possessions,
but the possessions we played it, it was effective.
Looking at that, we were like, well, maybe we need
to play that more. Obviously with Josh's ankle
situation, it made the situation where you definitely
need to play zone if you are going to use them a
lot. We wanted to use him.
So again I think it was effective early
because we contested some shots. They missed
some shots. And we didn't allow them to get
second-chance points because -- when you are in
a zone, that's one of the weaknesses of zone, is
giving up second-chance points. I thought we did
a good job of limiting them on that as well.
Q. Did you make rebounding a special
point of emphasis? You guys did have two
guys taller than anyone in their lineup?
COACH DREW: Kevin wasn't joking when
he said -- I mean, every game you go into,
rebounding for us is always one of the three keys.
I think we were more effective tonight because
guys did a good job going hard. They missed
shots, so they gave us more opportunities.
But again I think our guys were very
Q. You touched on Josh Lomers a bit
ago. Can you talk a little bit about the lift he
COACH DREW: A little irony in that lift,
If you are going to have a guy that gets a
sprained ankle, have it be a guy that doesn't jump
very much or use it very much. That way again it
didn't effect him as much. Josh did a tremendous
job in playing hurt, playing with a lot of heart. Did a
great job in the zone, contesting shots, making his
presence known in there.
And then on the offensive end, he does a
great job posting up. We had a lot of turnovers
trying to get him the ball. Otherwise, he would
have been a lot more effective. But when you
have somebody that you know they have to double
team or focus on, it gave other people open shots
Q. Last time against Kansas, you guys
did a pretty good job on Cole Aldrich. Can you
talk about the matchup tomorrow, what
opportunity there is for your time now?
COACH DREW: It is a great opportunity
for us. We viewed this conference tournament
as -- nonconference was very successful. Our
conference we did not finish like we wanted to.
Our nonconference was an opportunity to get back
to what we were doing.
So every team you play in the Big 12 we
know will be tough. Kansas, obviously, they can
hurt you inside and outside. Whenever you have
two players like Sherron on the outside and Cole
Aldrich on the inside, it makes it very difficult.
But the shooters they have on the outside
also makes it tough when you try to focus or
concentrate on Cole Aldrich.
Q. Coach, they kind of took the lead
away from you or closed it there at the end of
the half. How important was the start of that
second half where Lace comes out, hits a
three-pointer and then C.J. hits a couple of
COACH DREW: I thought it was huge,
especially from the standpoint that you are a team
that struggled and have a lead and lose it.
Sometimes you can get down and credit our guys
for not doing but fighting. And really that
second-half run got us going again and from there
on out we were good.
Q. How do you prepare to take on a
Kansas team for the second time and do it in
one day? Can you just talk about that matchup
COACH DREW: The good thing for us
because we are a more experienced team, any
adjustments you make, normally we have done
them -- we have played a certain style, played
certain plays in the past. It is a matter of telling
them what they are going to do. Because they
have experience, it makes it easier to adjust for it.
Obviously, preparing against Nebraska
was pretty easy, playing them so soon right before.
But Kansas is a team that again we won't change
too much of what we're doing.
Q. Obviously, it is a good way to start
the tournament with this kind of victory. Do
you sense any kind of different feeling with
your guys now that you got the conference
thing, okay, it didn't work out that well. Second
chance for the season you kind of have -- is
there a different feel around the team?
COACH DREW: I think when you are
struggling in conference, it is kind of like a weight
vest and I think anyone that has ever used a
weight vest, you put on 10 pounds, you lose a
couple games, you put on 20 pounds, lose a
couple games. It gets up to 40 pounds, you just
can't wait to get the vest off.
I think the conference tournament, you're
able to take the vest off and you feel better.