"What great (fan) support we had here tonight. Never, in all the years I've been here, have you heard that much Maroon and White in this building."
The significance of beating Vanderbilt in Vanderbilt.
"You have to have a lot of poise in this building. This building rattles a lot of people. They call it Memorial Magic because there have been a lot of ghosts haunt a lot of teams coming out of this place. It was a great team effort to go on the road and win here. For our team to come on the road right here and find a way to beat a really, really good Vanderbilt team, who is playing as well as anybody in the country right now, tells you a lot about our basketball team. That is why they are called the Road Warriors."
Second half play of his team.
"We kept finding ways over and over in the second half to keep responding. I thought the difference in the second half was our ability to rebound that basketball. At halftime, the rebounds were close - we outrebounded them by 13 near the end of the game. That means there was about a 11 rebound deferential in the second half. That was huge."
Vandy's three-point shooting in the first and second halves.
"I thought at halftime we took about as good of a shot as they could give us. They were 8 for 12 from the three-point line at halftime and we were still up by one. I thought the keys in the second half was that they couldn't continue to shoot that well and we wanted to continue pushing to get into their legs. In the second half they were 1 for 10 from the three-point line. It was our ability to keep pushing that basketball and getting into their legs. That is our kids' ability, when the game is on the line, to defend and rebound. Our players deserve all the credit. They play with so much heart and toughness."
Zone defense against Vanderbilt.
"We were able to play more zone in here than a lot of teams can. Most teams are scared to death to zone them. But we took the gamble to zone them, make them shoot threes more and keep them off the foul line. And we kept them off the foul line a bunch in the second half. That was a huge key."
Focused on a championship.
"We came up here for one thing, to win a championship. And that is all our kids are focused on. We knew we had one championship locked up, the Western Division. But there was no celebration Wednesday night when we did that. And there is not a lot of celebration right now because we understand there is a little more basketball to play. We do know this: We have put ourselves in a tremendous position to win another championship. I want that for our players because they deserve it."
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