Nov. 13, 2013
HEAD COACH Cuonzo Martin
(On the game)
"We missed some free throws. When you shoot 36 percent from the stripe, that really takes the air out of it. That type of breakdown really hurts. We just couldn't get consistent stops."
(On the first half)
"When Jarnell got in foul trouble, I didn't think our movement was good in the first half. We got stagnant. You have to give those guys (Xavier) credit for defending. We have to get the ball inside. We didn't post as deep as we like."
(On Anotnio Barton)
"Anotnio, I didn't expect him to play as much. I wanted to get Darius out there, but Antonio did a better job of defending Semaj (Christo) and defending him."
(On the second half)
"We set ball screens for Jarnell on the perimeter in the second half to set it up for our guys to make plays."
(On play in the paint)
"In the second half, we did a couple of double teams, I thought we did a solid job. When Semaj makes that baseline drive, its hard to defend. I though Stainbrook did a good job backing down and made layups."
(On the Vols team)
"We have a good team. I thought we had a good team to play a road game in this type of atmosphere. We just didn't come up with the win. We will look at the film and make the adjustments. We have to continue to pressure the ball. We have to pressure without fouling."
(On what Vols need to work on before Saturday's home opener
"We need to think about making free throws. We have to spend more time shooting free throws. We shot almost 60 percent (from the floor) in the second half. We have to work on little things. I would rather play games, get it out of the system and complete.
SENIOR GUARD Jordan McRae
(On the first half)
"Guys were really excited to get out there, it being the first game guy missed shots they usually make. When you see guys in foul trouble, its in me not not take bad shots. I know its a my job to go to work for us.
(On the front court)
"Their bigs did a great job going in early and attacking Jarnell and Jeronne. Jarnell and Jeronne have to attack the bigs first and put pressure on the refs to make calls on them, not us.
(On the officiating)
"It's tough. There were a couple of times, we guard the whole time and then we foul with a handcheck (late) its gets hard for us. It's going to be like that all year, so we have to adjust to that. We have to have Jeronne and Jarnell out there for us. They have to stay out of foul trouble."
(On Xavier's defending)
"It was tough the way they were guarding us. We wanted to get the ball inside. We aren't going to have a have a game like this where they aren't making their hooks. We will be fine. Antonio does a great job pushing the ball. He pushes it to the wings. He gives us a chance to make moves. Anotnio, the way he pushes the ball, he's a great defender as well.