Jan. 18, 2006
Tennessee Head Coach Bruce Pearl
"It was a great game for the fans and the players. We ran out of gas a little bit at the end, but Memphis executed down the stretch better than we did."
"Rodney Carney hit a big three late in the game, and we did not get on him. It was bad execution as a team and bad coaching on my part."
"We felt like we were there and we did the best we could. C.J. Watson was in early foul trouble, so we took him out on defense and got him in on offense. Both teams were committed to running and sometimes it gets sloppy, but it is a thing of beauty when you let those athletes compete like that."
"We had to mix our pressure in with Memphis and we pressed less. We played some two-three zone for the first time all year."
"Rodney Carney is a great player, and we lost him a bunch of times, and that was key."
Memphis Head Coach John Calipari
"That was a high-level basketball game. My hat is off to Tennessee. They played exactly like they had to play. They are executing how they want to play. They got it inside when they needed to get a couple of baskets. We defended well. We held them to 35 percent from the floor. We guarded. We had to back off of the press, simply because we only had forced two turnovers."
"Shawne Williams was phenomenal. Joey Dorsey really rebounded and showed great strength. Rodney (Carney) may have played the best half since he has been at Memphis."
"We only took nine three-point shots in the second half. We took 18 in the first half. Is this a three point offense? What are we doing? We are so young. They are just playing ball. It's an AAU game some times for them. It's like, `I'm open.'"
"They listen. In the second half, they listened. They went inside. I told them that if they have an open three, I'm not going to tell them not to take it. We are not getting into that. However, we have to focus on getting the ball inside. I love what we did at the end of the game, to grind it out and win."