Feb. 6, 2013
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Cuonzo Martin(Opening statement)
"I thought it was another good effort by Jarnell (Stokes), finishing with a double-double at the end. He did a really good job shooting those free throws, 8 of 10 from the line. Getting offensive rebounds. I thought he was very active considering two or three guys were on him all night. That was good to see.
"Georgia did a good job of finishing the game. Pope made plays to win that game, made shots and drove to the basket and made plays.
"You make it tough on yourself when you get 11 turnovers in the first half. You've got to take care of the basketball. We shot 43 percent in the first half but you can't turn it over like that. It's tough to bounce back.
They did a great job of shooting 50 percent from the field. I think we got to the 8-minute mark in the second half and they might have shot 8 of 12 around the basket down the stretch in the game. You can't win many games like that."
"It's tough because you spend so much time working on it. ... I thought Jarnell did a good job. I think Kenny (Hall) had a couple turnovers. ... You spend so much time and turn the ball over in a situation like that. We have to keep working on it."
(On Georgia's good shooting night)
"They shot the ball well. They're playing with a lot of confidence, winning three straight and four of their last five. They came in with a lot of confidence. What happens is you allow them to get their heads up and get in the rhythm, that's the result of it."
(On what he told the team in the locker room)
"You have to have pride in what you're doing. You have to have commitment and pride. That's the bottom line. You have to have pride to represent Tennessee the right way and represent each other. What it comes down to, especially late in the games, we've got to get key stops. I recognize that's really more pride on the defensive side of the ball and especially not allow their best player to beat you. ... You don't want their best player to beat you."
(On last five minutes, the approach against Caldwell-Pope)
"Just really guard him. It's one thing to identify him. He hit a tough three near the bench when Josh (Richardson) was guarding him and the shot clock was winding down. ... He made a tough three on the other side of the floor. Then he drove in a hit a layup. You've got to defend him. You've got the bigs in there identifying him, but I don't think you should let him shoot the three. You have to force him into the guys."
(On players being on the same page)
"What happens when you're turning the ball over, it's tough. There were a couple breakdowns in assignments that we worked on from the scouting report. Guys didn't carry out assignments on the plays that they run a lot."
(On Stokes' first half vs. second half)
"I think it was really tough because of the double team. I think one of the things he did in the second half was pound it in and make quick moves. Regardless of the double team, throw your body around, so to speak. Make aggressive quick moves. I think he did a really good job of that in the second half. In the first half, guys were doubling him and I though he was patient."
(On whether the guys are worried about turnovers and not playing relaxed)
I think so. You don't want to turn the ball over. I don't think they're afraid to pass, but you don't want to turn the ball over, so you hesitate. Like I told Jarnell (Stokes), sometimes when they get the ball in to you, it might not be in the post position to get the catch, and that's part of it. Sometimes they have to be able to whip it in to him. It's got to be a tough pass and a quick pass.
(On defending Kentavious Caldwell-Pope)
I am [disappointed]. I thought we did a solid job in the first half. You have to accept the challenge, and I don't think we accepted the challenge. [Pope] was able to make plays down the stretch of the games, and you have to try to keep the ball out of his hands, and allow somebody else to beat you down the stretch.
(On how Georgia's playing right now and their edge of rhythm)
I think they're playing good basketball. I think that's the case, because you go over their set plays, and you know what their sets are, and now it's getting stops. We didn't get the back-door all game or the ones on the sideline, so those things can happen late in the game, but late in the game we have to buckle down and get the key stops necessary for us to win the game.
(On defense giving up three-pointers tonight)
I think some [looks] were probably open. I thought more than anything they had some open looks.
(On Trae Golden's injury status)
I'm not sure. We'll talk to the training staff to see where he is. He hasn't practiced yet, so we'll see.
(On Armani Moore)
He's doing a good job, especially on the defensive side of the ball, rebounding the basketball, but offensively it's just one of those deals, slowing down some, really improving his perimeter shot, dribbling the basketball and developing his pull-up shot. But he does a good job attacking the rim.
(On defensive mentality)
Whether or not the opposing team has been scoring, you still have to do your job as a defender. In some cases, you may feel like you have to play Jordan (McRae) or Josh (Richardson) extended minutes, but I think it's a little tougher having Trae (Golden) out when he's another valuable body out there.
(On keeping players fresh throughout the game)
You want guys to give no more than thirty minutes; in some games, maybe more. I think there's a lot with minutes, especially when you're trying to play as hard as you can play, there's a lot to those minutes.
(On dealing with adversity)
With Trae (Golden) going down and other guys being out, you incorporate others into the offense. Armani Moore goes from being a 1 to playing in the 2-position, but you gotta make the adjustments and find a way to win games.
SENIOR G Skylar McBee
(On continuing to fight for wins
"I feel like the work is still there and the change will come. There is always a point where you can turn things around. We cannot really worry about the future. Whatever happens in the last game, happens in the last game. We have to worry about winning the next game, and the next game, and the next game. Everything else will take care of itself. If it works out well for us, then it does. If it does not, it does not. I just think we need to focus on getting better every day and try to take it to the next opponent."
(On Tennessee's turnover issues)
"I think we just need to be smarter with the ball. I guess we need to slow down a little bit, execute a little bit better. I think we probably take a few risks we do not need to take, especially early. Especially with a team like Georgia who does a very good job of scoring the ball. You cannot turn the ball over and lose possessions like that. I do not know how many turnovers we had in the first ten possessions but it was a few. Those are possessions gone that we cannot score on. You cannot get down early to a team, especially at home because I think that builds their confidence. We have got to do a better job of taking care of the ball."
(On UT's shot clock issues)
"I think we have got to do a better job of executing on offense; screening bodies, being what we are supposed to be, slowing down a little bit and executing the way we need to execute."
(On not having a true point guard)
"I really think everybody has got to do their part, it is not one position or another. Everyone just has to do a better job of executing, screening bodies, doing what we need to do to execute offensively to get people open."
JUNIOR G Jordan McRae
(On Tennessee's turnover issues)
"I do not know. I think I turned (the ball) over the most five times. I am just trying to make to many plays and force it."
(On defending Georgia's Caldwell-Pope)
"We obviously know he is a good player. I felt like in the first half we gave him to many easy shots and in the second half, I just do not know."
(On the team's game plan to get him going offensively)
"We have the same game plan every game. I guess it just happened to go that way."
(On his turnovers as efforts to fill the void left by Trae Golden's injury)
"I think it is teams right now are paying me and Jarnell (Stokes) really close attention. I am just trying to get (the ball) to guys and let them make plays out there for us."
SOPHOMORE F Jarnell Stokes
(On tonight's game)
"Just got to make shots and make stops. It's easy to say but wouldn't call it a hard thing to do. When they double-team, guys just have to make shots and make plays to free me up. We didn't do a good job of stopping their best player, I think he took some good shots and made them."
(On reasons behind not stopping Pope)
"He's such a great shooter and shooters are some of the hardest people to guard. I feel like we allowed him to get some open shots, and a guy like that is supposed to make them. He did a good job of controlling the game towards the end."
(On driving to basket)
"I definitely want to get to the rim every time. I know I can make jump shots, but my concern is getting to the rim on the offensive end."
(On free throw form)
- "Yeah. I guess I see myself making them all the time in practice, it's good to see them finally going in during the game."
(On frustration not stopping best player)
"I think he was one of the focal points of the offense. What Coach said he would do, he did it and did it at the worst times. Just got to get better."
(On difference in the halves)
"You know me, I'm a big man. I think I was open, but leave it up to Coach and people to pass me the ball."
GEORGIA HEAD COACH MARK FOX
(On the team's three point shooting)
"We always believed we had a really good three-point shooting team. Early in the year, we were probably not taking the right three-point shots, but we always felt like had a really good three point shooting team. Early in the year, we were very impatient in every way, every part of the game, so we didn't complete as many early. But it's something where we've finally matured a little bit and settled down."
(On the surge in production from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope)
"He's getting some help, he's really married to how we play. He really understands that and he believes and knows where his shots come from. He's really starting to mature as a player."
(On what has turned around for the team after a tough start)
"We are playing freshmen and sophomore and we started out slow. We did that to ourselves and we played some really good teams like Indiana and UCLA, played Florida twice already, and had a really inexperienced roster, but they're starting to grow up."
(On the three-pointer from Caldwell-Pope following UT cutting the deficit to one point)
"Huge play. Stokes is a great player, we couldn't guard him. He's a great player. That was a big basket for us."
(On the teams poise down the stretch)
"We've been in a lot of close games and lost some of them. We lost a close game to UCLA, lost a couple of overtime games. Those experiences have helped us have a little more poise now."