Feb. 13, 2010
Head Coach Rick Barnes
On tonight's game: We want to push the ball. We want to be aggressive. I think that the biggest thing that we have learned over the last couple days-and we have changed some things up in terms of what we have gotten away from in the past-was making the team understand that when we say to be aggressive and attack as opposed to really being out of control. We spent a lot of time showing them how to just do simple plays. We need to drive the ball, but the only thing that we really did different was we opened up the elbow area where we could really drive it in there. This team all year has actually practiced really well, but we haven't gotten the carry-over. Today might be the one time that we have really carried over what we have done two days in practice.
On preparation for tonight's game: We are always putting together video to try to highlight and show our guys when we are playing our very best basketball. We had one again that we put together. It was not that much different from the ones that we have always used, but the one thing that we kept emphasizing to them is how easy we make it look when we play our best basketball just by simply moving the ball.
Freshman Guard J'Covan Brown
On his expanded role: My job is just to take over this team and get us to the national championship game. I have to step up and be a big player with this team.
Freshman Guard Avery Bradley
On tonight's game: We wanted to come out and push the ball and play hard the whole game, and that is what we did. We wanted everyone to come in a give their all, and I feel like that is what our teammates did. We had each other's backs the whole game.
On rebounding from Monday night's loss: We just need to keep each other focused and keep each other up. We need to have the mindset coming into every game that we are going to play hard against our opponents.
Head Coach Doc Sadler
On Texas: They're playing for March. They've got about two weeks to get ready for that. Rick (Barnes) will have them ready for that, believe me, and they will be playing their best basketball. They were plenty good today, I can promise you that.
On the defense of Dogus Balbay: Did you see where we were running our offense? At midcourt. Balbay's good. Do you have to guard him like you do J'Covan Brown? Probably not. But there's more to it. They've got plenty of offensive weapons without the point guard being a focal point. I mean, wow. Balbay disrupts everything that you want to do offensively. I can promise you this, they don't want to lose him. If he goes down then their team is going to suffer. He is that good in my opinion.