Quotes: Texas vs. UT Arlington
Dec. 1, 2012
Head Coach Rick Barnes
On jump shots: We just want to shoot the ball. We tell them; if you are open, shoot it. We wanted to get ball reversal and the very first time we ran a little roll back knowing we were going to reverse the ball all away around and we ran it. We ran it three more times and we just didn’t do. It goes back to the focus and that’s what we have worked on since we played Sam Houston State. We spent all of our time offensively executing, wanting to run in transition and getting down the floor. There were more good things. We ran some fake screen action and got where we could drive the ball. Some of that was good. It’s just the mentality there when you have the lead that we don’t stay engaged.
On Prince Ibeh: He started this morning at walk through and he wasn’t engaged from the beginning. You could just see it. He wasn’t alert or ready to play. It doesn’t just start at tip off. It starts long before that. We met last night to go over things and met again this morning. There is no reason not to come out and be ready to go. The second half, I told guys if they were not engaged they were coming right out. Javan [Felix] had a great opportunity tonight to push himself defensively, but he didn’t. That is why in the end we sat him. He will grow up a lot quicker because sitting out will get his attention.On Julien Lewis: When he gets his feet under him he can shoot the ball, and he can drive the ball. He is getting better. We think he is a guy that can score. As quick as he is, we think he can score against anybody. He gets his balance and a lot of times he doesn’t do that. We moved the ball like we did today, we should be getting great looks at the three point line. We turned down shots early and when we do that, that is where you get into many turnovers in the game.
On if the effort at practice is starting to translate over to the game: In practice it’s like a different level, we all go at each other and play hard. Mostly when we come out in the game, it may be like a daze, but once we get going that’s when we pick it up.
On the upcoming matchups: We’ve got a big game on Tuesday against Georgetown. It’s another good team that we have to go against, and we have to go out there and perform and do our jobs.
On if there is a spot he’s most comfortable with: Throughout my life I played everywhere, when I was in Greece I played point. I came here and played the 2 and 3. I came to college and realized that I have a lot of mismatches when I play the 4 and 5 because I can bring guys outside, and play in the perimeter. I feel comfortable playing every spot, I just have to go out and play basketball.
On if the team came into the game looking to shoot the 3 that much: We knew they were really going to try to guard the post because of our size, so we were ready to spot up and be ready to shoot. We did a really good job playing inside out. We put the ball inside and once they all closed in and tried to trap the post we just kicked it out and shot it.
Head Coach Scott Cross
On the inability to get back into the game: We started pressing and they attached us really well, you have to give Texas and Coach Barnes credit for that. They had their shooters there in the corner, we did not do a good job rotating so they caught fire and never missed. We usually use our press to get back into games, but they [Texas] were attacking it so well that it neutralized us. It made it difficult to come back after that.
On the second half: I thought the second half was better. If we would have played like that for 40 minutes, I would have felt good even if we would have lost. It would have been a game that our guys competed in. I did not fell like our guys came out thinking they could win the game. I felt like we had an opportunity to win if we did the things that we have been doing all year long; play great defense and have great energy, but it seemed like our guys did not believe that or they got shocked up right away when a few of our shoots got blocked.
On the defense of the game: They were blocking shoots. We were going in there hoping that we would get foul calls but we didn’t, or we would turn the ball over, all those things make your guys be a little bit more on their heels. It began to start affect our defense, we should not like things affect our defense. We have to play with intensity and enthusiasm regardless of what happens on the defensive side.
On fixing the amount of turnovers for the next game: Step one is to do ball handling and passing drills on the bench. We will have to do simple things like passing and catching.