Feb. 7, 2004
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Buzz Peterson
"Give credit to Georgia Tech for coming in here and putting it to us. I told our guys to give Tech credit, that we've hit a wall, but now we have to bounce back Wednesday night against Arkansas.
"We seemed to lack energy, and our shots weren't falling. Jemere Hendrix and C.J. Watson gave us good effort, but it wasn't enough against a good Georgia Tech team.
"We had a spirited practice Friday, and did not have our shooting workout this morning. We had so many opportunities going to the free-throw line, but I guess with a team like Georgia Tech, we have to take advantage of those chances.
"Georgia Tech is really deep in guards, which makes it awfully tough to handle them. They also are a very physical team that got into us a little bit. Scooter McFadgon and Brandon Crump are both struggling offensively. In other games against ranked opponents, we hit our shots early and got a lift, but today we just couldn't seem to get the energy going. We just didn't have it."
GEORGIA TECH HEAD COACH PAUL HEWITT
"This was a really nice team win. We had a couple of guys get into foul trouble, and other guys came in and played well. I thought we screened well for our hot shooters. This is probably our best execution in the half-court offense, and we have to do it again Tuesday.
"I thought our last two practices have been the best of the year. Good teams show up in February. We haven't separated ourselves from the pack yet. In the ACC, it's a tough league. You give yourself a chance if you play well on defense and rebound. We haven't been hurt on the boards since maybe the first half of the Duke game.
"Marvin Lewis is a terrific shooter, maybe one of the best in school history; we haven't really sprung him for quality looks. We brought Will Bynum off the bench so that B.J. Elder could concentrate on scoring. Bynum is playing well, and he's playing solid and aggressive.
"I'm not sure I believe in must-win games. We just have to keep playing better. You can either go back in the pack, or give yourself a chance to separate yourself from the pack.
"I was concerned with the way Tennessee had played Kentucky and Louisville tough and beating Florida.
"This is the best Theodis Tarver has played since North Carolina. Tarver was certainly better on defense; he got to the right spots.
"This kind of game is good for your psyche as a coach. It's nice
when your team shows signs of progress. This is the time of year when you have
your hands full as a coach. You want to find out how much you have."