Nov. 23, 2010
Box Score |
#14/15 Memphis (5-0) 102, UT Martin (2-3) 80
Nov. 23, 2010
FedExForum - Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner
No. 1, it is always great to be 5-0 going into Thanksgiving break. There is nothing better than that. I absolutely love that. That means that we can sleep well tonight, and I can enjoy the next couple of days knowing that this city came and did their job for their team. I mean we had 16,000 people out here tonight. They (the fans) did their job, and it is just off of the chart.
I am just so happy. I have said it many times; I am so indebted to this city and this fan base. So for us to be 5-0 is great. We want to put this city and this fan base in a position to be 5-0, and that is what we did tonight. This is for Tiger nation.
Secondly, (It is great to be 5-0) for our players and our staff. Our players have done a beautiful job. Now we have got to get better because I was very disappointed in our defense today. We were sloppy. I thought we were unsound and we didn't (execute) good rotations. We didn't get back, and they threw the extra pass. We didn't rotate to the proper spot or the proper guy. We were inaccurate and sometimes our switches were incorrect. I mean when a guy comes off the switch, you need to attack the screen. We came off and when they would switch we would be passive.
We talked about being aggressive on the switches and attacking hard. Our first plan for this game was to take away the three (point shot). My biggest pet-peeve is allowing the opponent to make three point shots. Tonight they shot 47 percent, and the only way they (UT-Martin) could hang around is if they shot threes. We had times to bury them, and they would make a three. We have got to take the three out of the game.
On top of that we didn't do a good job of guarding straight line drives. When a guy is up top we have to stop straight line penetration. When a guy drives and the post helps to stop the drive, that backside guy has got to help inside. I was really proud of the 29 assists on 38 made field goals. We would have probably had more, because we missed a lot of open looks.
We shot too many three pointers to be honest with you and a poor percentage. Twenty-six percent on 31 three-point attempts is poor; that is too many. We have got to cut that back. And 15 turnovers, we were trying to make the spectacular play instead of making the simple, fundamental play. That being said we are 5-0.
About the Tiger's offense tonight
We are a brand new team. We are young, and we are freshmen. We are very inexperienced. That is just part of it, and that is why I keep reminding Tiger nation that this is their team. This isn't my team, this is the city's team, and this is the fans team. I keep reminding the guys that there are peaks and valleys. This is a brand new team, and I encourage Tiger nation to patient with your team.
UT Martin Head coach Jason James
On his team's early turnovers
They turned up the heat on us. I thought we came out a little timid; a little passive and when you do that against a good team, you're going to be in trouble. That's what happened. They jumped out 12-2 and we were kind of scrambling a little bit. It seemed like it was 12-2 before we even took our warm-ups off, but that was because we were turning the ball over. You've got to take care of the ball against great teams.
On using Terrance Smith as a point guard
Terrance actually played the point in high school and that's how he kind of grew up. We don't play him on the ball much because he can really score. We don't want to take his scoring away from him, but he was doing a good job of breaking the press. He could kind of see over Joe Jackson and throw the ball ahead and he was a little more relaxed. I thought Omari (Minor) and Chris (Richardson) were a little tense and playing a little tight. Terrance was more relaxed and could kind of get us into stuff more. I thought he was really beneficial for us.
On the way his team competed (in the second half)
That was the name of the game; to come out and compete. They're the No. 14 team in the country and if they shoot like that from the field every night, they're going to be very, very difficult to beat. I felt they made some contested shots, but we kept fighting. We kept fighting the second half especially, we tried to keep it close, but just couldn't quite get over the hump, but we expected that. I mean they're a great, great basketball team. Josh (Pastner) does a heck of a job coaching them. We wanted to compete in this game and I thought we did that.
On Reuben Clayton's performance at home in Memphis
Very good to see him (Clayton) do that at home. He got in a little foul trouble, so we had to kind of play with him in and out a little bit in the second half. He made some shots and his percentage was good again, which is something we have harped on. 2-for-6 from the line was a little frustrating, but I thought he had a good night.
On seeing Memphis' level of competition again during the season
For us, probably not. Ohio State and Tennessee will be very good, but if this basketball team shoots the ball like they did tonight, man I think they can beat anybody. I really do.