(on having six players in double figures)
"That is what coach wanted from us, to go out and play together and play hard. The stats as far as scoring showed that."
Missouri guard Ricky Paulding
(was it an upset?)
"I wouldn't consider it an upset. I think we went out and played together and played hard. We believed in ourselves and did what we needed to do to win the game."
(on second half intensity)
"It shows we really wanted to win the game. We didn't want to come out flat like we did in previous games." Missouri coach Quin Snyder
(on the togetherness of the team)
"All the work that these guys have done throughout the year is starting to come together…I'm very proud of my team today. We talked about the most important thing in this game and this tournament was to be together, in every manifestation of that word on the court."
Miami coach Perry Clark
(on the ‘Canes slow start)
"We couldn't make stops when we needed to make stops and we couldn't get rebounds when we needed to get rebounds…I thought that we came out in the first half and we were kind of trying to size them up to see just how good they were and what they could do. They came out just to play basketball."
Guard John Salmon
(on the start of the game)
"We were ready to play, they just came with a lot of intensity out there. In the beginning of both halves we didn't match the intensity and that really hurt us."
Center Elton Tyler
(on Mizzou coming out fast in the second half)
"They just beat us to a lot of loose balls and got a lot of offensive rebounds. They just played a little bit harder than us."
*Snyder showed the Tigers a motivational video featuring the old Detroit Pistons of the "Bad Boys" days.
*Missouri is 15-19 all time in the NCAA Tournament. Snyder is 2-2.
*Miami is 0-2 in Tournament games at the Pit.
*Gilbert became the Big-12's all-time three point shooter with two three pointers. He has hit 323. He is tied with Kansas' Jeff Boschee who will play later today.