Memphis-Tennessee Post Game Quotes
Feb. 23, 2008
#2/2 Tennessee (25-2) 66
Memphis Coach - John Calipari
You guys all said we needed to lose one, so we lost one. Great game. I have to give them credit. They scrapped, they battled. I thought we had them at the end. They made plays and we didn't, which is really unusual for us. We miss a shot, they make a shot. They come up with balls, we don't. You lose.
Q: It's unusual how they dominated you on the boards.
What we said early on, Joey (Dorsey) and Robert (Dozier) and our inside people really were going to have to fight like heck and they tried but they got outfought, but our whole team did. I can go up and down the line where they come up with balls and we didn't. But I'll say this, we were down about six or seven we saw what were made. But we got back up three and there was a minute and something left. It was just one or two plays. I had to use some timeouts. Normally, I have a bank full of timeouts. I had to use more today than I normally do to not let the game get away from us. We needed one or two down the stretch and we didn't have one.
Tennessee Coach - Bruce Pearl
I think that it was a great night for college basketball in the state of Tennessee. People at Memphis did a wonderful job hosting this game. We were across the street at a hotel and the atmosphere there was unbelievable. There was a major prize fight here a few years ago, which one was it? Lennox Lewis. This town hasn't been like that since that fight. It was just alive.
The University of Memphis did a wonderful job with all of the hoopla surrounding the game. The band, the cheerleaders; it was terrific. To go downtown; I stopped at a couple of places to visit some alumni. We just had a lot of fun. I thought both teams carried that onto the court. Playing with great passion; not always playing well.
How about the start of the game when both teams came out shooting lights out? ESPN got a real treat tonight. We're very pleased coming here and winning this basketball game. Two years ago we knocked Florida off from their unbeaten ranks. Now we have done it again here against Memphis, and obviously versus two tremendous programs.
I asked J.P. Prince if he wanted me to call timeout because he needed the rest. I didn't like doing it because it put us in a situation with no timeouts, but it was his call. He wanted the rest; he wanted to towel off. And so without question we went that way.