Quotes: Texas vs. Sam Houston State
Nov. 27, 2012
Head Coach Rick Barnes
On the offense: This group maybe gets more open looks than any team we’ve ever coached, because of what we’re trying to get done on offense with the screening and cutting. It’s a group that the one thing we’ve talked about since day one is putting the ball inside, and that’s how we want to play.
On the second half: Second half we really rebounded the ball, we got to the free throw line, and we were 28 for 38 for free throws with guards missing 6 of those. We got better really listening coming out of timeouts, we flipped the rebounding around, and you could tell even though we were missing some shots, that’s what we want to see out of our offense.
On bringing Sheldon of the bench: We think Sheldon can be a very special player. He is a prolific scorer in so many different ways if he wants to. He can score behind the ark, he can put it on the floor, and he’s good playing without the ball, but the biggest thing we’re after him about is defense. We need him to be effective in terms of standing in front of the ball.
TEXAS PLAYER QUOTES
On what was working: My teammates just did a good job of finding me. I told Javan (Felix) yesterday that he needed to push the ball more and I think he did a better job of pushing it today and he got the wings a lot of points.
On having to win “ugly” all year: I don’t think we will have to win ugly. We will just have to value the ball better. We still had 19 turnovers and that is too many. We are just going to have to learn to value the ball and we will be all right.
On how to get the ball down low: The guards just have to be stronger with the ball and a lot of us fumbled the ball. We need to be more patient and wait for the post to cross screen so he can get open.
SAM HOUSTON STATE
Head Coach Jason Hooten
On the SHSU defense: Our defense was 28th in the country last year and as long as I am coaching we will be good defensively because we play hard and we will get after it. That will be a stable of our program.