OU-Texas A&M Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 21, 2013

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Head Coach Lon Kruger
Opening comment:
“Always good to get in the right column. We have a break for Christmas for a few days. Really happy that the guys can go home and feel good about coming off of a win. It was a game where we didn’t have the flow offensively that we’ve had in the first few, but sometimes you’ve got to win games when things aren’t going well offensively. I thought our guys did a good job of kind of scraping around and doing what they had to to get it in the right column. Good win for us.”

On Texas A&M’s defense:
“They’re a good defensive team. Coach (Billy) Kennedy does terrific job. They’re always real sound, real solid, do a great job. Kourtney Roberson is a big guy on the boards. Tough for us to keep him off their offensive boards. They’re tough. We obviously didn’t take as good of care of the ball as we need to or as we have been on the year, but credit A&M with some of that, too. They’re a very good defensive team.”

On the 1-3-1 zone:
“They weren’t shooting the ball with confidence. They weren’t shooting it like they can. We didn’t plan on playing that much zone coming in, but as it turned out, we ended up playing a lot more zone than man. That’s the first time we’ve done that on the year as far as playing more zone than men. Played a little bit of it against UT Arlington last week, and that was the first time. I think it will be a good change of pace for us throughout the year.”

On the game being more defensive than offensive:
“I think if it’s finished and it’s in the right column, then yeah, it’s easy to say. It wasn’t as good as we were doing it because we weren’t very smooth offensively; credit A&M for that. But now that it’s over, it’s good to win a ball game in a different way. It’s not going to be making shots like we have on the year every night, and when you’re not, you’ve got to do some other things well, and guys rebounded the ball pretty well and covered pretty well.”

On Cameron Clark struggling offensively:
“Cam didn’t seem to have the rhythm that he’s had, for sure. Again, when that happens, it’s good that other guys can step up there. I thought Tyler (Neal) was terrific when he went in there, especially rebounding the basketball, and knocked down a big 3 there in the second half and a couple of free throws. Again, the depth on this squad is going to be good for us, and when a guy has a little bit of an off night, other guys can step up and play their minutes well.”

On walk-on Austin Mankin: 
“Austin got in there in the first half and knocked down a 3, which was great to see. Got a couple of rebounds. We need to get Austin in that rotation a little bit more, especially with Je’lon (Hornbeak) out. We need one more guy to get into that rotation.”

Freshman Guard Jordan Woodard
On the first half:
“It was pretty frustrating. We really didn’t get into the flow that we would have liked to. They kind of slowed us down a little bit. We had a lot of turnovers, and that was pretty abnormal. But I feel like we got into a better flow in the second half and we just wanted to play our game, push the pace and create for others.”

On being up nine at half despite the offensive struggles:
“It was real crazy. We really just wanted to rely on our defense, and I feel like we played pretty well defensively. We had a couple of breakdowns, but I feel like defense anchored us in this win.”

Senior Forward Tyler Neal
On his career-high 10 rebounds:
“I think quite a few guys rebounded well. I looked up and saw Isaiah (Cousins) had seven or eight as well. That’s been a big thing that Coach has been talking to us about, especially when we’re in that 1-3-1 zone. Guards have been in there and rebounding and being strong with it so we can get out and push it like we want to.”



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