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TENNESSEE POSTGAME QUOTES



Jan. 28, 2007

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Tennessee Head Coach Bruce Pearl

"Again, this is one of the great environments in all of college basketball. To come on the court, even before the game, it is just different here. It is just different here then anywhere else in the country. We got off to a good start and I think you can see that my team was trying to do the best it could without Chris [Lofton]. We showed poise, we showed confidence. Our game plan was to get Randolph Morris in foul trouble because we knew with him, it is a tremendous difference for Kentucky because now they have an inside-outside game. We had to expend so much energy, just trying to keep his shots down. He only got six shots and that is a credit to our defense. Wayne Chism and Duke Crews did a good job keeping it out of there, the whole team did. The key for us was in the second half when Kentucky started making shots and we just didn't have any answer for it. When you lose a Chris Lofton you miss him on the offensive end obviously so you are not going to score as much. Once they started shooting it we were in trouble."

On the UK inside-outside game...
"You have to expend a lot of energy with your defense to keep the ball out of the post and then when it gets down there you have to collapse. It wasn't just Morris, they were able to kick it out and get some open shots. They did a good job with that ball screen. [Ramel] Bradley and [Joe] Crawford do a good job with that ball screen. Our young big (guys) did a pretty good job on our interior defense, our young big (guy) did not do a good job getting out there and defending the flat screen."

On the play of UT guard JaJuan Smith ...
"JuJuan did a really nice job. He didn't force it to much. It never looked like JuJuan was overcompensating for not having Chris but he stepped up and accepted some responsibility. He got himself to the basket a little bit better. And he played good defense; JuJuan was stellar on defense today."

#23 Dane Bradshaw

On the difference in the second half...
"I guess inconsistency for forty minutes. I don't think it's one thing in particular. We stress it, we emphasize it. We prepare. We're just not executing the way we need to on both ends."

On playing without Chris Lofton...
"Chris (Lofton) is extremely valuable. We're a much better team with him. We have to step up and make plays. With or without him, we're having the same troubles. I think it's easy to blame it on the fact that we don't have Chris."

On what the team needs to do while Chris Lofton is out of the lineup...
"We have to keep fighting back. We're a young team. Hopefully this will be our bad stretch throughout the year. A lot of teams seem to have one. We're a young team that will hopefully continue to improve throughout the year. The only thing you can do now is fight back and stay positive."

#2 JaJuan Smith

On not having Chris Lofton in the lineup...
"I think we have a lot of people that can step up offensively. We just haven't got over the hump yet. We got different roles without Chris now. I just think a lot of people haven't found their roles yet. They're going to have to find them real quick if we don't get Chris back."

On him needing to step up with Chris Lofton out of the lineup...
"I'm not going to say that because we have four other players that can step up and go off at anytime. Every night its going be someone different. We just haven't got over that hump yet."

On giving up runs in the second half...
"It's real frustrating seeing it time after time. We lose the lead in the second half. We're going to have to do something about it. We have to play two halves of basketball."

#12 Ramar Smith

On Kentucky...
"They went on a run, but we weren't making shots. I felt like we played well. They just made big shots."

On playing in Rupp Arena...
"It was great. I love playing away games. I hate losing. The arena was great. I just wish we could have got the win."


Kentucky Head Coach Tubby Smith

"It was good to get a win. Certainly we felt like our guys fought hard even though we struggled in the first half shooting the ball. Tennessee did an excellent job of taking things away from us and really forcing turnovers. We had guys step up. I was really impressed with Jodie [Meeks]. He stepped up and made big shots for us. This was a tale of two halves once again, we just got the right half this time. I'm glad to see us finish the game the right way and finish strong, and pull out a very good win against a good team. It was a great win all the way around, but really I thought that we got on the boards well. I thought we did a better job of making shots in the second half. We found some things we need to work on like our turnovers. These are just things we have to continue to improve."

On the team playing a strong second half...
"We had stayed on them about being a little more poised, staying on the ball and passing the ball in the second half. It was very comforting to see us bounce back and see us play a comforting second half because that's something we haven't seen in a while."

On guard Ramel Bradley's 21-point performance...
"Ramel took a bunch of shots - 18- and 12 threes, which is probably too many, but he got to the free-throw line. He logged a lot of minutes -35 minutes - so that's a good thing. Ramel is kind of our energy. He plays with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of passion. Our guys kind of feed off him. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, and when he's playing, you can see that everybody has kind of lifted their spirits. He had a good all-around game today."

On what he was most impressed with about Jodie Meeks in the second half ...
"It was his passing. It looked like we were having problems with our guards taking care of the basketball in the first half. Jodie really doesn't make anything hard. When he's open, he takes the shot. He just needs to concentrate on the defense, and once he settled down and relaxed, he was very effective."

#13 Bobby Perry, Forward

On Sunday's win after last week's losses...
"Today was a must win. After losing two in a row against Vanderbilt and Georgia, we had to come out and play hard. We should have won the games against those teams last week, so today we had to step it up. We found a way to win today and that shows our team's confidence."

On the team's 20-2 run in the second half...
"We started making shots down the stretch and played good defense which got us the win. Ramel's [Bradley] penetration was key in that run. He can dribble the man, collapse the defense, kick it out, whatever needs to be done. He really opens things up."

On the absence of Tennessee guard Chris Lofton...
"Tennessee will play hard whether Chris Lofton is in the game or not. They are a great team that will play hard and step up. Lofton is a dangerous player, but Tennessee is a great team that can interchange players to take his place."

On freshman point guard Jodie Meeks...
"He's a shooter. He's a scorer. He has a great mentality. He can shoot the ball 10 times and miss every one, but he will be confident that he can make the 11th one. He will be a great player."

#3 Ramel Bradley, G

On the second half...
"At half time we knew that we had to step it up. We came back out and brought more intensity and really stepped it up on offense. We wanted to be aggressive the last 20 minutes of the game. Even without their best player, Chris Lofton, they are a great team that pushed us. They really were stepping up and we knew that we had to protect our house and get the win."

On his block in the second half...
"He didn't even see me coming. When he went up, I knew I had to block it as hard as I could."

On the losses last week and the win at home today...
"Coming back home and getting the win feels good. I hate the feeling of losing and to finally get rid of that feeling is good. With the loss to Vanderbilt, we knew we had things to fix. With the loss to Georgia, we knew we threw the game away. Today we came in and played 40 minutes of basketball the way were supposed to."

#32 Joe Crawford, G

On the second half...
"We knew we had to step it up. Tennessee wanted to prove that they could come in here without Chris Lofton and get the win. We wanted to pick up and prove them wrong."

On the upcoming week off...
"It's nice going into a week off with a win. Coach [Tubby Smith] will be fired up to make sure we are focused all week. We want to keep playing the way we did today, so we can't let down this week. This part of the season is tough and we need to get our second wind so we can keep up this kind of play. This is a long year and we need to regroup ourselves and continue to stay focused and play solid basketball."

#33 Randolph Morris, C

On what sparked the 20-2 run in the second half, after a back and forth game...
"It's about defense, it all starts with it. We tried to focus on rebounding, to create more shots, and from there we gained more confidence."

On opposing teams keying on him...
"I think it's happening because of scouting and it being my third year, and with that, it's going to happen. I never really got into the flow of the game today, and it's frustrating, but sometimes that's just going to happen."

On foul trouble...
"Sometimes it just comes down to a lack of focus for me. The last couple games I've been in foul trouble, and it's just a matter of me maintaining confidence. I need to just stay in the game, and try to help the team as much I can. But I need to stay focused and consistent."

On the second half adjustments...
"We weren't down at all. We focused on the things that we needed to do, not the things that we didn't do in the first half. It came down to getting open shots and defending better.

#20 Jodie Meeks, G

On defensive pressure...
"I do think it helped us a lot. It gave us an opportunity to make plays and really control the pace of the game. It led to offensive breaks and increased our confidence on both ends of the floor."

On how dangerous a team they are when shooting well...
"We're pretty dangerous. I think we are one of the most dangerous in the conference. If one person knocks down a shot, it builds the confidence of everyone on the team."

On him adapting to his role...
"I am definitely used to it at this point in the season. From the beginning of the season until now, I kind of knew what to expect, and now I know what I can do. It's just a matter of getting out there and doing it."

On him looking for his shot more today...
"I think it just sort of happened that way. Joe (Crawford) and Ramel (Bradley) penetrated a lot, which clogged the middle and left me open for some good looks. Luckily they were falling for me today."

 

 

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