March 2, 2011
Head Coach Jeff Capel
"Congrats to Tech. I'm really embarrassed by our performance. I thought we would have come out ready to fight, desperate for a win. We came out the complete opposite. Texas Tech came out that way and knocked us back early. We were never in the game. I don't know where it came from for us. We had two really good practices (the last two days) and Tech did nothing that we hadn't gone through or talked about. We got beat in every facet of the game -- outcoached, everything. Pat (Knight) had his team more prepared than I did and that's on me. So congrats to them. Their seniors played really well."
On if OU's win over Texas Tech on Jan. 18 led to overconfidence tonight:
"We should never be overconfident. We'd lost seven in a row. You'd think we would be desperate."
On if the crowd and emotion affected the game with it being Senior Night:
"It affects it for the home team. The visiting team should be excited too -- you get a chance to ruin someone's Senior Day. I've had teams that have gone and done that here and at my previous job. It's all about having pride. I certainly think those seniors, especially (Wally) Dunn, really fed off the crowd when he hit that first shot. Obviously that got the crowd even more excited. He was terrific for them. That kid deserved to have his name chanted like it was because he was tremendous all night."
Texas Tech Head Coach Pat Knight
On getting his team ready for Oklahoma:
“I told them the other day we have two weeks left. Let’s try and show everybody the team we should’ve been.”
On this game boosting Texas Tech’s confidence:
“I think even the close games we’ve had gives them confidence and chances to win on the road in places that are hard to win. But, it always helps to get a win no matter what. It gives you a little bit of confidence.”
On his six seniors:
“Our seniors will remember this game forever. They may forget about a lot of the other games. I don’t remember a lot of the games I played during my senior year, but I remember “senior night.” I can tell you who we played and the last play I had. Years from now, they’ll forget overall that it was a tough season but they will remember this game. It was big for them and the way they all played. They will always have this as a good memory.”
On Wally Dunn’s “senior night”:
“He deserves this and the way the crowd treated him. It was great for him. It almost chokes you up to see something like that because he deserves it. He just busted his butt in practice each day and knew he would not get to play. But he still worked hard each day and played every practice until the very end. That’s the toughest thing to do. I couldn’t have asked for a better walk-on.”
On senior David Tairu giving up his starting spot for fellow senior and walk-on Wally Dunn:
“I thought it was a really selfless act -- especially now days when often all one hears about is a bunch of selfishness in the world. You’ve got to give him credit since that was a heck of a thing to do on your “senior night.”