Chattanooga Basketball Postgame Quotes
The Citadel at Chattanooga
McKenzie Arena - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Saturday - Feb. 18, 2012
Head Coach John Shulman
"I, really, honestly, feel bad for our fans. I feel bad for what's going on. I feel bad for our kids. We have a very good relationship. We have a very unique relationship. Our kids are playing so tight and so scared. They're wanting to do well. I'm not sure they are wanting to do well for them, they're wanting to do well for me. We've got good shooters that can't even think about making a shot. We've got a lot of wet eyes again."
"I tried to explain to them that this doesn't bury us. We're going to start 6 a.m. practices Monday, getting ready for the stretch run. Z. Mason is going to start practicing Monday again. He instantly is going to give us a lot of confidence. We're going to stay very positive and we are not going to point fingers. We're going to keep on battling and see what happens."
"If we were getting beat by 35 every night I'd be really concerned that we had no prayer. We've got a prayer. It doesn't look like that right now but we're going to keep on working. I'm not a quitter. Our kids aren't quitters and we're going to keep battling."
On if anything other than a win will loosen up his team
"I still don't think a win will do it. If we win by one tonight, I'm not sure Omar and Ricky are saying, 'I can really make some shots now.' We are 3 for 21 from three tonight. Against Greensboro it was terrible. We haven't shot the ball. We've just got to keep on working. If it turns, we're going to have a real chance. If it doesn't turn, then what's going to happen is we're going to do what everyone thinks we're going to do and that's get beat. There is only one team that's going to leave Ashville winning. But we're going to go try to win it."
Senior Keegan Bell
On how unexpected this loss was:
"I wouldn't say unexpected. The Citadel is a good basketball team. When you're playing any team in this league it's going to be hard to win. Conference games are tough and they are just as hungry as us for a win. They played well. They played really well offensively. We knew they were going to take their time on the offensive end. I felt like we put a really good effort out there. There at the end we kind of had some mishaps on defense but for the entire game I thought we were much better defensively. Offensively we didn't make shots but I thought we moved the ball better. They guarded us well and held us to under what we're usually scoring. It's a tough one. It's a tough loss and another nail-biter. We just didn't finish it."
On if tightness is affecting the team's shooting:
"I think sometimes in the basketball world, when you don't make shots, people think that you're thinking about it too much. For whatever reason our shots haven't really been going in this year. I don't really think it's affecting us mentally where we aren't confident. We've got confident guys. From Omar to Ricky, no matter what if people aren't knocking down shots there still confident in themselves and we're still confident in them. Omar is going to start knocking down shots. If we have to save all our makes for the tournament then, that's what we'll do. It's definitely frustrating but I don't think it's affecting us as a team that we're not confident with our shooting ability. We've just got to keep letting them ride and hopefully they'll fall."
On his concerns with the team:
"We have to play a whole game, a 40-minute game. We go through stretches where we make silly mistakes, mental mistakes. We gave up some easy buckets there when we were up five or so. We just kind of let them get back into it. I think that's our biggest frustration there. When we're down the stretch or when things are getting tight, that's when we have to really buckle down. We buckled down the entire game and it seemed when we got up a little bit we either relaxed or just had a mental lapse. Bad things happen when that goes on. We've proven we have to be locked in all the time. It's not effort. We really played hard and played together. It's just some mental mistakes like that that keep us from getting a win in the column."
Junior Dontay Hampton
On how frustrating this stretch has been:
"I'm a very competitive guy, so for me it's beyond frustrating. I'll do whatever it takes to win. I just want to win. I don't care if I have zero or have 30. I just want to win."
On his concerns with the team:
"Just small things. We've got to get over the hump. I just want us to play a complete game."