TCU-Kansas Postgame Quotes

Feb. 7, 2013

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TCU 62, #5/5 Kansas 55
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Feb. 6, 2013
Attendance: 7,412

TCU HEAD COACH Trent Johnson
On the low-scoring first half:
"Obviously for us, we knew going in that we were going to have to play extremely well, both offensively and defensively. They were going to have to help us, and when I say help us, they missed a lot of shots that they probably would (usually) make. The thing that I liked about the first five minutes, if we didn't get off to a good start, we have a tendency to struggle. (Kansas) was not a good team, this is a great team."

On the point of the game when he knew they were going to win:
"When there was eight seconds left on the clock and we were on the free throw line. I've been in this scenario before and seen both sides of it. A lot can happen in a minute. When there was eight seconds left on the clock and we were at the line, I said `Alright,' took a deep breath and there we go."

On his team's defensive performance:
"I think, without looking at the tape, one of the things we did defensively was when we were in position, we didn't let (Jeff) Withey get real deep. I thought we jammed (Ben) McLemore the best we could, took away his initial move."

On his offensive success:
"I think we executed the offense well tonight. I was just the beneficiary of that."

On what the win meant to him:
"I'm not going to lie. It means a lot. We've had some tough years, and we've been having a tough year right now, but this is a big win. We're going to do what we need to do to carry on this momentum."

TCU SENIOR FORWARD Connell Crossland
On his success on the glass:
"I was just trying to play as hard as I could for my team, and it just seemed like I was in the right spot at the right time. I was really trying to help my team as best as I could."

On the mindset of the team late in the contest:
"We were just getting everyone together and telling them to stay on course. We still had a lot of time left, a lot of basketball left, and we just tried to stay together, be positive and keep playing hard."

On when he knew they were going to win the game:
"I think I knew when I saw it in everyone's eyes. I think everyone came to play today and knew that we needed everyone in order for us to get this win. I saw it in their eyes during warm-ups. I saw everyone was ready, and that's when I knew it was going to be a good game."

On his team's performance:
"Well, I assess the whole game as futility. Would that be a word that you could use to describe it? I don't know; it was awful. But, even as a bad as it was, which it was horrendous, if we are sound defensively and can get shots at the end of the shot clock and things like that, we're probably going to be down 4 to 6 as opposed to 9. Then we couldn't guard (Garlon) Green, and then we had our best defenders on him. But, offensively, that's as bad as you can play. We actually got some decent looks, I think. I'd have to watch the tape. We obviously felt pressure and didn't make any of them. We got off to such a bad start and we got some open looks early but couldn't make them. But they played good defensively. We knew that coming in. They do guard you."

On assessing his team's mood after Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State:
"We were actually very competitive Monday and Tuesday and had a great shootaround today. It was probably the best, even the coaches say, that we've looked all year. I had no idea. We didn't anticipate it all."

On his halftime message to the team:
"'We can still win the game.' We are going to have to play a certain way. What happens is, in sports, when you give the other team the opportunity and the belief that they can beat you, they automatically play better. We actually played better the second half, but they did too, offensively. The message was just it's a long game. It's a long game and to stay the course. We just needed something good to happen early.  Right there to start the second half, Elijiah (Johnson) has both hands on a loose ball, it goes through his hands and they make a 3. There were so many plays like that, from a loose ball standpoint and an extra possession standpoint they just whipped us on. They were better than us. They deserved it. They dominated from start to finish. They whipped us."



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