TCU-SMU Postgame Quotes

Nov. 15, 2012

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SMU 64, TCU 61
Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel-Meyer Coliseum)
Nov. 15, 2012
Attendance: 4,145

TCU HEAD COACH Trent Johnson
Opening statement:
 “You have to give SMU a lot of credit. They came up with all the 50/50 balls.  Our lack of mental toughness in terms of late game situations, early in the first half and late in the second half—they come up with a loose ball, come up with a rebound a blockout … I think for the most part when Amric (Fields) went down it took a while for them to get themselves under control and understand that we had to still play this basketball game.  Once they settled down, I thought we were pretty good at the offensive end.  We got some shots that just didn’t go down for us.  Again, you lose your best player and it’s a problem.  Like I told them, somebody else has to step up and play, but we had plenty of opportunities.  You need to tip your hat to SMU.  One of the things I’ve always respected in this game is that when you are the aggressor, it shows up in the stat sheet.”

On Amric Fields' injury:
“I’ve been doing this a long time. One of the things about Amric is that when he gets hurt, he’s not one of those guys who’s just going to lay on the floor … It’s interesting, you know there’s (freshman center) Aaron Durley, and basically he goes down after a day off and a three-man weave with no contact, and then here’s Amric, he cuts across the floor on a shuffle cut and there’s no contact and he goes down.  What I feel for is you’re talking about two great kids. ”

On SMU head coach Larry Brown:
“The gentleman that was just talking to you people, he’s as good as it gets.  He’s done more for basketball, he’s done more for coaches, he’s done more for players than a lot of guys. I don’t know how much you all know about Coach (Brown), but he has been great to me.  Bottom line is he’s one of the 30 best that’s ever coached this game.  What I love about him … he loves basketball. I know for me personally, I’m a gym rat. I’m a basketball junkie. I’d love to be on some of those busses and hear some of those stories.  I look forward to the day when there is a rivalry, and what I mean in that is that I look forward to the day when they’re really good and we’re really good.  I have to believe that’s going to be sooner than later. I’m looking forward to the day when you go over to Moody (Coliseum) and it’s full and you come over here and it’s full. I’m also looking forward to the day that he retires (laughs).”

On trying to come from behind:
“I just think we turned the ball over too much. It hurt us in the long run. We didn’t get enough 50/50 balls. It came down to a close game. 50/50 balls and turnovers hurt us.”

On teammate Amric Fields' injury and filling the scoring void:
“I came out with the mindset of being aggressive with Amric there or not there.  Obviously, we kind of needed someone to step up as a leader, but I didn’t get the job done, so (his performance is) nothing to brag about.”

On teammate Amric Fields' injury:
“It was a big loss, but we have to get over that really quickly. A lot of younger guys have to step up to the plate right now. I wish him the best, but we have to move on.”

On the confidence he is playing with this year:
“I have a chip on my shoulder right now. I had to sit out (the second half of last season), so I have to come back way stronger than I did last year and my freshman year.  I have a big role right now, so I’m taking advantage of it.”

On Amric Fields’ injury:
“It didn’t change my game plan. It made me sick to my stomach seeing a great player who’s a huge part of this program (get hurt). I’ve been through it before. There is no explanation for it. Obviously, with him not playing it was a huge loss, but its not about the loss, its about this kid. I told Trent (Johnson) … Trent has been through this before. Everyone’s been coaching a long time and these things happen. You can’t explain it or overcome it. We were very fortunate that we won the game. I don’t think the outcome would have been quite the same if he (Fields) had played.”

On TCU and Trent Johnson:
“We went on the road and won at a Big 12 team and coach, and that was big step for us. This will be a great rivalry, because I love the guy (Johnson). He’s going to do it the right way. If I were only going to play him once, I wish it was going to be in the NCAA tournament.”



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