Feb. 17, 2007
Tennessee Head Coach Bruce Pearl
"You hope you learn from it some so that we can improve on the future because how many times do you come out of games surprised? How many times do you go, `What happened?' So my first reaction is if that's what it takes to get a technical foul, I'll have to look and see what the standard is."
"We just had no energy, and South Carolina played four guys a lot of minutes. It was a classic match-up for us to try to wear them down, but we weren't able to do it. We just didn't handle Tre' Kelley and their ball screen action."
"When you lose a game like this, put it on me. I did not do a good job preparing my basketball team, didn't do a good job coaching the game and didn't do a good job making adjustments."
South Carolina Head Coach Dave Odom
"That was the most complete game that we've played against SEC competition."
"We had a decent lead, a decent working margin, then I thought we went to sleep for about 2-3 minutes there [at around the seven minute mark of the first half], and they went on something like a 9-0 run. It was made possible because we quit rebounding the ball, we took at least 3, [ill-advised] shots, and we let them get to the rim on us."
"We talked about playing some zone at half time, trying to mix it up a little bit; mainly because we have been wearing down in the latter stages of a lot of games. I was thinking that maybe if we forced them to the outside, hopefully they wouldn't make shots."
"[The zone] seemed to work pretty well because we were able to extend our zone out."
"You never rest easy with Tennessee because they can turn the pressure up quickly, get some turnovers quickly, and convert them into three-point shots."
"Tre' [Kelley] had an outstanding day offensively controlling the ball, controlling the tempo of the game."
"Brandon [Wallace] had another really good game. That was one of the real keys, because we did not play good post defense in the first game with Tennessee in Knoxville. Today I thought our post defense was much, much better."
"Maybe the biggest, much needed surprise was Brandis [Raley-Ross]. It was good to see him break ice again, hopefully that will parlay into some more open jumpers and fewer turnovers and more confidence from him. That will certainly help our basketball team."