Jan. 12, 2013
HEAD COACH Cuonzo Martin(On the game)
"I told the guys after the game -- minus the turnovers -- that's the way I see Tennessee basketball playing. We played with a lot of enthusiasm, with a lot of passion, but came up short. Give those guys (Alabama) a lot of credit. They defended their homecourt and found ways to win the game. They stepped it up defensively and made plays the way they needed to."
(On the end of the game) "We had a play drawn up for 3, they did a good job switching. The same thing we would have done in a situation like that. The key for our guys if you don't have it right away, go for a 2-pointer. The key for our guys was attack the rim, you still have a lot of time and get something out of the possession as opposed to drawing the clock out and forcing up a bad 3-point shot. So we switched and goal was to get to the rim and at least get a basket. Jordan McRae was trying to draw a foul when he got to the basket
(On defense) "We didn't worry about the handcheck calls. Just be really aggressive guarding guys."
(On the turnovers late) "You have to step up late in games. Its not a case of beating up the guys. You have to take care of the basketball late in games if you want to have a chance to win games. We came up short in that department."
(On if it is an issue using Richardson and McRae to bring ball up court)
"Not at all, they have ben guards all their lives. Guards usually have the basketball and guards are the ones that should have the basketball."
(On not starting Trae Golden)
"Just thought it was the best situation for team and Trae. (Try to) get Trae relaxed and settled and getting back to playing the way he is capable of playing. I thought he did a solid job out there tonight. Also, I thought Armani (Moore) did a tremendoud job playing in an atmosphere he hasn't played in, in three games. He's not phased by this type of environment and that's why he played the way he played."
(On Moore seeing more time)
"He has been consistent in practice. The thing about Armani is that he is very aggressive, sometimes over aggressive on the defensive side of the ball with handchecks. Offensively, he is aggressive off the bounce, but he turns the ball over in those situations. But he has done a really good job the last few weeks of taking care of the basketball, while playing defense without fouling. That's why he was on the floor. He has earned those minutes. I think he will be consistent in the rotation because he competes and plays hard. He's one of those guys when you talk about a road atmosphere, he's not intimidated by that."