TCU-Baylor Postgame Quotes

Jan. 26, 2013

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Baylor 82, TCU 56
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Jan. 26, 2013
Attendance: 6,277
TCU HEAD COACH Trent Johnson
On positives to take from the contest:
“Connell Crossland had great energy and played really well. Adrick McKinney has been our most consistent player for the past seven or eight games. They both have played well against good players like Baylor, which speaks volumes. They had a lot of good looks, and when you give them up to a team like Baylor, they are tough to guard. I like the talent level of both teams.
On what lies ahead for TCU:
“This break coming up (no mid-week game) comes at a good time to get the players rested, tightened up in the classroom and some time to go out on the road to recruit. ”
On the pace of the game:
“This game had a lot of long shots. When you can’t hold those shots and run them like we were trying to do, that’s how we took the loss tonight.”
On matching up against Baylor:
“It wasn’t a matchup problem. We match up pretty well. But when we play against good players like (Baylor has), they make those easy 20 points look easy.”
TCU SENIOR FORWARD Connell Crossland
On playing well in back-to-back games:
“It felt good, but I felt individually that somebody on the team needed to step up. Me being a senior, I wanted to do that. I don’t want to regret anything, so I just try to play hard to help my team. We need to just stay together as a team.”
Opening statement:
“I was pleased with our defense and rebounding. I thought the difference between this game and the last game was that we did a better job offensively getting better looks. We did a good job of finding the open man, and that is what you have to do if you want to be effective against a team that is very good defensively. To shoot 47 percent against them is a huge accomplishment. Eight-five percent from the free-throw line is a number that coaches are really excited about. Hopefully we can continue to shoot like that.”
On the injury to freshman forward Isaiah Austin:
“Coaches always get nervous when a player goes down, but (athletic trainer David Chandler) said that he was good to go. He has a high pain tolerance, and if he can play, he is going to play.”
On the 18-2 scoring run late in the first half:
“It was good for us to get some stops and move in transition … stretch the lead. That allowed us to be in a position where we had a lead at halftime. Then, as the game had a faster pace, it helped us.“
On dictating the tempo of the game:
“When the score became separated, that led to a faster-paced game. That spurt where we got some separation was really important for that. “
On the pace of the game:
“We weren’t used to them slowing the pace of the game the first time we played. This time we emphasized getting ready for it, and our teammates did a great job on scout.

“TCU likes to slow it down and play the whole shot clock. We tried to minimize it to one shot every possession.”
On teammates Brady Heslip and Gary Franklin:
“Those two are two of the best shooters in the nation, so I let them know that before and during the game so that they keep their confidence up. I just try to get them open shots and tell them to shoot it even if they aren’t open, because you never know if it will go in.”
On the physical nature of the game:
“Well, we know that TCU’s bigs were going to be physical, so I have been working on being physical during practice. That plays a part and translates over to game time.”
On his success rebounding against TCU:
“It is just about wanting it. I know what I am capable of and what my impact on the game can be. That is with the boards with the offensive and defensive sides, so that is what I try to stick to.”
On his concerns at halftime regarding his injured ankle:
“Initially (he was) a bit concerned, but just a shock factor and my teammates helped me through it. I just remember that I was on the ground. (It) felt pretty good in the second half.”



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