TCU-Oklahoma Postgame Quotes

March 9, 2013

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TCU 70, Oklahoma 67
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
March 9, 2013
Attendance: 5,392

TCU HEAD COACH Trent Johnson
Opening Statement:
“If you would have told me that Oklahoma would have been 0-of-16 from 3-point range, I would have taken it, but I would not have thought that would have happened any day of the week. I thought we were as good as we have been offensively and defensively in the first half. We were in a great rhythm. One of the things that we talked about at the half was about Oklahoma stepping up their pressure and they really picked the tempo up and forced us to throw the ball away a lot.”

On play of Kyan Anderson:
“Kyan probably had his best game in terms of running the team and handling the pressure. He made the right pass to the right guy at the right time. I thought he was really good from start to finish. His poise and confidence during Oklahoma’s runs was pretty impressive. It is always nice to win, and it is nicer when you have seniors.”

On what led to team play in first half:
“In the first half that was as good as we have played offensively anywhere this year. There was nothing different we talked about. We harped on execution all the way back to spring individual workouts. I guess that is why we have to coach. I don’t want to go on a testimonial here, but I talk about having sense of urgency and living in the moment. There was a calmness and focus in the locker room. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why we can’t do that at all times. I knew they were going to be ready to play and we shot well.”

On winning his last home game:
“It means a lot. I will remember this game for the rest of my life. I want to thank my teammates for playing hard for the seniors and the team. It means a lot.”
On ball movement in the first half:
“We had like 14 assists in the first half. That was by far the best movement we had. I think we moved the ball well at Kansas State, we just didn’t get the win. It definitely carried on into this game.””
On hanging on for the win:
“We had to tell ourselves and each other to get it together. We ended up pulling it out, so that is all that matters.”
On play of seniors:
“It’s Senior Night. You will remember this whether you do good or bad for the rest of our lives. We had the feeling that we wanted to win and play hard. The environment gave us the extra boost.”

On earning the win:
“It is a big deal just for confidence. We only had one win, against Kansas, and people were doubting our ability to get another win. To send our seniors out on Senior Night with a win is a good feeling.”

On similarities to wins over Kansas and Oklahoma:
“In both games we really keyed in our defense at first and we let that be our offense. We played good defense, and we played it together. In both games we had different people scoring and making plays.”

Opening Statement:
“TCU opened up the ball game with much more energy and more aggressively than we did. Credit to Trent (Johnson) for having his guys ready to play, much more ready than we were. We dug ourselves a big hole, we battled much better in the second half, but it was too much to overcome. We have a lot of work still to do. We had not opened a game like that in a long time so it was a little bit of a surprise. We have to bounce back and avoid that from happening again.”

On whether there we signs of a let down coming into the game:
“Given the last several ball games we had shot it extremely well. We had a good walkthrough and shootaround. We didn’t make any shots once the game started, but there was no indication of that. We had been shooting the ball a lot better coming into this game.

“They were making shots and we were missing shots. That combination gave them more energy. It had us wondering a little bit, and they took advantage of that by widening the lead.”

On the team’s play in first half:
“I felt like we had good energy in the warm up and coming out of the locker room. They hit us first and we didn’t respond as quick as we should have. We should not have to respond to that, we should be ready from the tip.”

On the feeling after the game:
“This was frustrating. We have to stay together and learn from this. As coach indicated, there is a lot we can learn from today. This is an indication that we are not where we want to be. We have to continue to work and get better. I expect my teammates and myself to be ready to work on Monday.”

On how Oklahoma staged its rally:
“We started to get stops in the second half. We were playing more together on defense and making shots on the offensive end.”



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