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March 3, 2012

Texas Tech Head Coach Billy Gillispie

Opening Statement
“It was tough loss, Missouri made 12 out of 18 in the second half and I’ve never seen anything like that, I thought we were in a great position at half time, we should’ve really been leading the game but we gave up two free throw violations and two out of bounds plays where they laid it up or we would’ve been leading at half. Then they come out and we didn’t guard the ball well and they made a bunch of three’s and we just could never recover.”

On what defensively Tech didn’t do to give Missouri the opportunity to make three’s
“It was all off penetration, we did a real poor job of guarding the basketball and we let them play too close to the three point line and that was because they had too much penetration, when they penetrated we had to help with another penetrator an they can really pass it and when they passed it they forced help and made all those shots in the second half and you have to give them credit but the whole deal started because we didn’t guard the ball better. “

On Robert Lewandowski and his senior day
“We haven’t done enough for him, he deserves to have more games over his career and this season and because he’s about as good of a person as you’re ever going to be around and is about as conscientious of player you could ever imagine or hope for, he’s just the perfect guy, I mean nobody’s perfect but he’s perfect and as far as his approach to life he has his priorities in place and you have to admire that and he tries extremely hard in basketball, he tries to change, a lot of us get in a certain way and stay in a comfort zone or don’t want to change at all and whether it’s daily life or work or relationships or anything he’s willing to change, he’s a great listener and he’s got so many great qualities about him that I just wish over the course of his career and especially over this season that we would have been able to honor him a little bit better especially today we wanted to send him out in style and because we didn’t win the game we didn’t send him out as good as we could have even though he played very well and the fans recognized his efforts, I think it was great, there are great people in this area and at this university they really gave him a fitting response and they should have because of kind of person and player he’s been.”

On how much credit Robert Lewandowski deserves if Tech is successful in a couple of years
“A lot, I’ve said in the last couple of days that we’ve made a lot of progress this year, when you look at final results in conference play you would think what’s he talking about but we’ve made a lot of progress and a lot of that progress is due to the fact that he’s been a great leader and a great supporter, every single person that talks about Lew always appreciates how he treats everyone and how supportive he always is and how much he tries and how much he always helps everyone and that’s a great way to start and build a program with someone who is always willing to help and give and he’s worked really hard he’s never questioned anything and he’s been a great role model for all these guys to look after and he’ll always be very important to this program and he’ll always be welcome back in any way he wants to be and when we cut down nets in the very near future hopefully we’ll save the last strand for him if he wants it.”


Senior Robert Lewandowski

On the emotion of senior night
“Like always thank you to Jesus our Lord and Savior and God for giving us the opportunity to play another game. This game meant a lot to all of us, I know that the score may not show it but it was a tough loss and we had a shot right there at half time. We had a chance to crawl back in it throughout the half but we just couldn’t do it and it’s another learning experience, we’ve had a lot of those this year but that’s all we can do is just take what we can out of it.”

On what his game plan was early on
“Coach set up a play for me to get a shot and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball where I was effective, I was just trying to get up shots not selfishly but in the flow of the game and I think maybe I rushed a few to begin with and it felt like I did a better job the second half of just letting the game come to me. So I probably rushed things too much and took too many shots but at the same time coach did everything he could to help me get in the flow and help me make this game a special one. I’m appreciative to him and to my whole team.”

On his time spent at Tech
“It was a great honor, just to have the fans here, the fans have been supportive of me, 100 percent and no matter what, I haven’t put up the numbers I wanted to and the team hasn’t done what we set out to do but the season isn’t over with and we still have a lot of goals we can accomplish, in terms of winning and losing we did not meet that mark, but the fans never quit on us and they never quit on me and they won’t quit and they’ll be staying around and I’m a 100 percent grateful for them. It’s a very special game, I was talking to someone the other day and saying I wish your nephew could come watch me play one more time maybe he should come to the next game, then I realized I’m not going to have a next game, it still hasn’t hit me yet and I’m probably to young and it won’t hit me for five years and I realize that, but just thank God for the opportunity and these four years have been amazing and the fans have been awesome, the people, my teammates, coaches, everyone from freshman year to now have been supportive and nothing but giving so I hope that especially the stuff around Christmas and the constant oppurtunities to give back that I’ve taken one step to give back for the hundred of steps Lubbock has taken for me and thank you to Texas Tech University and to Lubbock.”


Sophomore Jaye Crockett

On the biggest problem with Tech’s transition defense
“It was just fundamental things like getting our hands up, there was one time where I didn’t even jump and contest a shot, and it’s stuff like that that just makes it easy on them and gives them confidence when you don’t contest.”

On if it was demoralizing when Tech was playing hard and Missouri would hit a three
“It’s hard anytime you are running back and giving it your all and you get down to 10 seconds or even two seconds and they make a shot on you it’s a downer, it takes a lot of energy out of you.”


“It’s hard anytime you are running back and giving it your all and you get down to 10 seconds or even two seconds and they make a shot on you it’s a downer, it takes a lot of energy out of you.”


Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith

Opening Statement
“Big win for us, in terms of just finishing up regular season, on the positive side going into conference tournament I thought first half we weren’t playing really well defensively and I thought in the second half that was the difference, us being able to get stops and executing a lot better on the offensive end.”

On Ricardo Ratliffe’s play in the paint
“He was outstanding, obviously 15 boards, and 8 offensive boards, Texas Tech does such a great job with their help side defense and trying to take him away and rotating so he didn’t get a lot of entry passes because of their really good post defense but when he did get a chance to get loose he was five for eight but where he really stood out tonight was rebounding the basketball, which is what we need.”

On preparing Missouri for today’s game
“These guys have been great all year in terms of preparing, I think in the first half when we went into the locker room we had to continue to encourage because we were not playing with the energy we needed to play with, but I stressed that to the guys that February and March you want to be playing your very best basketball to have a chance and make a run in conference tournament, to make a run in the national tournament, so it was important for us to get back to the way we’ve been playing and continue to grow and continue to get better.”


Missouri's  Marcus Denmon

On what the difference was for him in the second half
“Well my teammates continued to look for me and I shot the same shots, they were all good looks in the first half I was just fortunate to make them in the second half.”

On Matt Pressey
“Matt came out and played really well especially in the first half when a lot of our guys couldn’t get it going, offensively that of course helped us out.”


Missouri's Kim English

On Missouri making 16 of 26 three pointers
“You never go into a game and plan on shooting a bunch of three’s, we always establish ourselves inside the paint first then work outside, but we are guards and we take what the defense gives us and we just were fortunate to knock down some shots off some really nice passes, those passes led to some really clean looks.”

On Missouri’s energy level in the first half
“I would hope not, we talked about growing on the road all year and having to create your own energy and in March, our first game in Kansas City may not have a big crowd, we are a veteran bunch we’ve played in games like this before and we just didn’t defend in the first half and we did a much better job of that in the second half.”

Red Raiders vs. Missouri

March 2, 2012

Texas Tech Head Coach Billy Gillispie

 

Opening Statement

 

“It was tough loss, Missouri made 12 out of 18 in the second half and I’ve never seen anything like that, I thought we were in a great position at half time, we should’ve really been leading the game but we gave up two free throw violations and two out of bounds plays where they laid it up or we would’ve been leading at half. Then they come out and we didn’t guard the ball well and they made a bunch of three’s and we just could never recover.”

 

On what defensively Tech didn’t do to give Missouri the opportunity to make three’s

 

“It was all off penetration, we did a real poor job of guarding the basketball and we let them play too close to the three point line and that was because they had too much penetration, when they penetrated we had to help with another penetrator an they can really pass it and when they passed it they forced help and made all those shots in the second half and you have to give them credit but the whole deal started because we didn’t guard the ball better. “

 

On Robert Lewandowski and his senior day

 

“We haven’t done enough for him, he deserves to have more games over his career and this season and because he’s about as good of a person as you’re ever going to be around and is about as conscientious of player you could ever imagine or hope for, he’s just the perfect guy, I mean nobody’s perfect but he’s perfect and as far as his approach to life he has his priorities in place and you have to admire that and he tries extremely hard in basketball, he tries to change, a lot of us get in a certain way and stay in a comfort zone or don’t want to change at all and whether it’s daily life or work or relationships or anything he’s willing to change, he’s a great listener and he’s got so many great qualities about him that I just wish over the course of his career and especially over this season that we would have been able to honor him a little bit better especially today we wanted to send him out in style and because we didn’t win the game we didn’t send him out as good as we could have even though he played very well and the fans recognized his efforts, I think it was great, there are great people in this area and at this university they really gave him a fitting response and they should have because of kind of person and player he’s been.”

 

On how much credit Robert Lewandowski deserves if Tech is successful in a couple of years

 

“A lot, I’ve said in the last couple of days that we’ve made a lot of progress this year, when you look at final results in conference play you would think what’s he talking about but we’ve made a lot of progress and a lot of that progress is due to the fact that he’s been a great leader and a great supporter, every single person that talks about Lew always appreciates how he treats everyone and how supportive he always is and how much he tries and how much he always helps everyone and that’s a great way to start and build a program with someone who is always willing to help and give and he’s worked really hard he’s never questioned anything and he’s been a great role model for all these guys to look after and he’ll always be very important to this program and he’ll always be welcome back in any way he wants to be and when we cut down nets in the very near future hopefully we’ll save the last strand for him if he wants it.”

 

Texas Tech Player Quotes

 

Robert Lewandowski

 

On the emotion of senior night

 

“Like always thank you to Jesus our Lord and Savior and God for giving us the opportunity to play another game. This game meant a lot to all of us, I know that the score may not show it but it was a tough loss and we had a shot right there at half time. We had a chance to crawl back in it throughout the half but we just couldn’t do it and it’s another learning experience, we’ve had a lot of those this year but that’s all we can do is just take what we can out of it.”

 

On what his game plan was early on

 

“Coach set up a play for me to get a shot and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball where I was effective, I was just trying to get up shots not selfishly but in the flow of the game and I think maybe I rushed a few to begin with and it felt like I did a better job the second half of just letting the game come to me. So I probably rushed things too much and took too many shots but at the same time coach did everything he could to help me get in the flow and help me make this game a special one. I’m appreciative to him and to my whole team.”

 

On his time spent at Tech

 

“It was a great honor, just to have the fans here, the fans have been supportive of me, 100 percent and no matter what, I haven’t put up the numbers I wanted to and the team hasn’t done what we set out to do but the season isn’t over with and we still have a lot of goals we can accomplish, in terms of winning and losing we did not meet that mark, but the fans never quit on us and they never quit on me and they won’t quit and they’ll be staying around and I’m a 100 percent grateful for them. It’s a very special game, I was talking to someone the other day and saying I wish your nephew could come watch me play one more time maybe he should come to the next game, then I realized I’m not going to have a next game, it still hasn’t hit me yet and I’m probably to young and it won’t hit me for five years and I realize that, but just thank God for the opportunity and these four years have been amazing and the fans have been awesome, the people, my teammates, coaches, everyone from freshman year to now have been supportive and nothing but giving so I hope that especially the stuff around Christmas and the constant oppurtunities to give back that I’ve taken one step to give back for the hundred of steps Lubbock has taken for me and thank you to Texas Tech University and to Lubbock.”

 

Jaye Crockett

 

On the biggest problem with Tech’s transition defense

 

“It was just fundamental things like getting our hands up, there was one time where I didn’t even jump and contest a shot, and it’s stuff like that that just makes it easy on them and gives them confidence when you don’t contest.”

 

On if it was demoralizing when Tech was playing hard and Missouri would hit a three

 

“It’s hard anytime you are running back and giving it your all and you get down to 10 seconds or even two seconds and they make a shot on you it’s a downer, it takes a lot of energy out of you.”


 

 

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