Jan. 24, 2013
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH CUONZO MARTIN(On the game)
"Marshall (Henderson) did a good job of making shots. He stepped up and made some big shots. Other than that I think we did a solid job."
(On the end of the game)
"The good part is putting yourself in position to make a game winning shot. We needed to make those free throws and get key stops. It's a tough lesson, and we have to be able to move on."
(On the team's attitude)
"Our guys did a good job of staying focused and running the offense."
(On team issues)
"Our only issue was the turnovers, 21 turnovers are not good and tough to do on the road."
(On team moral after the game)
"You come in here trying to win a ball game, have an opportunity to win the game and come up short. It makes you think about key plays, missed free-throws and turnovers. We didn't get a key stop. It's been the same the last few games, and we just need to keep our heads up."
TENNESSEE SENIOR FORWARD KENNY HALL(On the game) "I think we played pretty good. Throughout the game we battled very well. It just came down to the last few minutes and the last stretch. Like you said 21 turnovers, we missed clutch free throws and we gave up free throws at the end. I gave up a free throw and they capitalized with a 3-point play."
(On the first half)
"We just had the mindset of coming out and battling. We knew it was going to be a tough, physical game and we played up to that level in the first half. We pretty much played the whole game like that until the last four-minute stretch. We still battled. It was just a few little letdowns we had as far as free throws and we let them get a couple of rebounds. Throughout the game it was the turnovers. I mean we ended up losing by six points."
(On playing against their bigs)
"We played a lot better, but I wouldn't say it was redemption because we still lost the game."
(On finishing games)
"I don't think it's a lack of confidence. I know we have the confidence to finish it. It's just the will power. We just have to stay mentally strong and mentally tough to take over at the end of games. I think I need to be more of a leader out there and really just keep our composure. We had the game in our hands and I thought we let it slip away."
(On the upcoming rematch vs. Alabama)
"It's another game we need. They're coming in our home and we need to protect our floor and get this win."