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Rick Barnes, Players React To Tennessee Basketball’s Sec Tournament Exit



Rick Barnes, Players React To Tennessee Basketball's Sec Tournament Exit
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Tennessee basketball’s hold in Nashville was decrease fast after a loss to Mississippi State inside the SEC Match.

Afterward, Vols coach Rick Barnes and avid gamers Jahmai Mashack and Zakai Zeigler met with the media.

Here’s what they wanted to say.


Opening assertion:

“Congratulations to Mississippi State. I assumed from the get-go they received right here out and their plan was really to be aggressive, drive the ball, clearly play inside. We purchased away from really our safety being in gaps, attempting to shrink the courtroom. That’s how we play. Nonetheless we purchased away from that.I assumed, as soon as extra, give them credit score rating, offensively that we started missing photos and we let that carry over to the defensive end. We purchased down. It snowballed on us. We didn’t do a wonderful job of staying to our recreation plan. I consider Coach (Chris) Jans did an unbelievable job of executing their recreation plan. As soon as extra, congratulations to them. They dominated the game in any means they wanted to.”

Merely what have been they ready to do defensively to make it so highly effective on you guys?

“Successfully, they’ve been switching. They’re a wonderful defensive group. We’ve seen nothing they did at current that we have not seen. We really haven’t. As soon as extra, this time of 12 months, as you get late into the season, everybody is aware of each other properly. Nonetheless it is a should to work terribly arduous offensively to get open, get your guys passing the ball. It’s vital. We had a pair possessions the place we ran what we wanted nonetheless the cross wasn’t delivered the place it needed to be, allowed the safety to catch up. We didn’t show display screen on a pair items we ran, the place they really received right here by the use of the route we’ve got been attempting to run untouched. And it is a should to take care of the details offensively. We didn’t do a wonderful job of doing that. They’re a superb defensive group. Chris does an unbelievable job collectively along with his group. Nonetheless I assumed Jahmai hit it, it’s nearly what I said at halftime, we allowed our lack of defensive alertness, depth, sticking to the game plan to roll over into what I assumed went on on the offensive end.”

One among many avid gamers talked about Mississippi State was merely the additional decided group at current. What’s a trait you might be seeking in your group’s response, desperation or in some other case?

“Successfully, I knowledgeable them, I said, Let’s merely sit proper right here and consider how we actually really feel correct now. Let’s merely talk about it, sit proper right here and marinate in how you are feeling correct now. Do you have to actually really feel like this as soon as extra, it’s over. I want you to not neglect correct now what you in all probability did. This time of 12 months you want to give it your most interesting. (Mashack) used the time interval ‘underdog’. I have no idea if ‘underdog’ is the exact time interval. You want to understand how arduous it is to win this time of 12 months. In the event you want to be a gaggle which will play by the use of three days and win a conference match, by the use of six days and win a nationwide championship, there’s purchased to be significantly of a decided mindset that every possession points.Nonetheless we didn’t play with that form of mentality at current. Truly the first 20 minutes, I’ve not seen that group all 12 months, even along with apply. I’m sitting there watching it like, Man, probably it might be good to get this out of our system. We’ve not had one like this the place we didn’t reply larger. I assumed we purchased impatient, misplaced our poise, fouling with six seconds on the shot clock, attempting to steal the ball when giving up place. Like Shack said, offensively we’ve got now gained video video games the place we have not been good on offense, nonetheless our safety has saved it in it. Our safety did not help us the least bit at current.”

Do you are feeling like there’s any commonality in what Mississippi State uncovered in every video video games this 12 months?

“Successfully, the one issue that they did, the physicality inside. I consider one issue good at current was J.P. I knowledgeable the coaches we probably must have put him available on the market sooner on account of he’s the one man which will guard publish guys. Matthews had an unbelievable day at current. He drove us, passed by us. A variety of that was not caring for the details of the scouting report. As soon as extra, as you understand, our coaches do an unbelievable job with the scout. To proceed to let him get to his correct hand and the place he wanted to go. Even on the end of the game as soon as we had really a fairly good possession, attempting to double-team to get him to play quicker, and getting pushed by inside the last 4 or 5 seconds, chances are you’ll’t give up these straight-line drives. We did not do an incredible job one-on-one safety. Nonetheless there’s completely different teams which have carried out us one of the best ways they carried out us. They made up their ideas they will drive the ball at us. We’ve seen that every one 12 months with teams doing that. As soon as extra, we merely purchased really spaced out. Why? I can’t let you understand. We harped on it loads. Every loss we’ve got had this 12 months, that’s been the case, the place we’ve got now gotten away from our defensive guidelines and allowed teams to do what they wanted to do. We didn’t have an answer for it.”

Loads will get made about this time of 12 months, having success this time of 12 months. Do you might be involved a effectivity like this at this second for these guys and this group could get of their head just a bit bit, put an extreme quantity of pressure on themselves?

“I talked about that, too. I’ve said I’ve had teams just a few years that I’ve been blessed to try this, participating in properly on the end of the 12 months, didn’t do properly inside the NCAA Match. I’ve had a pair teams which were limping just a bit bit, ended up having good runs. We’re who we’re correct now. Like Jahmai said, like we talked once more there, we’ve got received per week or so to restore it and return. Like he said, we do what we always do. We have a system that we think about in. We have to scrub it out, take a look at it. It will return to a mindset. That’s what I spent a great deal of time chatting with our group about, our mindset. The place is it? The place was it? Why was it like this at current? Was it preparation completely completely different? It was. We’re an expert group. We didn’t know who we’ve got been going to play until, what, 3:00 yesterday. We had already practiced. The whole thing we did, we walked by the use of. That isn’t an excuse since you’d have achieved that at current. We’d not be going inside the gymnasium to do what we normally do important as a lot because it. With that said, our older guys who we rely on to get us going, they struggled in a large means at current. We merely purchased to get once more to being who I do know we’re and who I consider they know we is perhaps.”

You’re involved about going from an uncharacteristic effectivity once more to whatever the character of this group is in per week’s time?

“Yeah, I might not be truthful — I’m concerned. I have no idea if I might say ‘nervous’, nonetheless I’m always concerned in regards to the place we’re, our mindset, what we’re pondering. Like I said, I’ve been doing it prolonged enough to know I need I had a crystal ball and look into it, know exactly. All we’re capable of do, like I said, we’ve got now a program, we’ve got now a system we think about in. Win or lose, we purchased to do what we do, get able to play any person subsequent week, whoever that could be, go from there.”

Are you concerned about some guys passing up open seems to be like correct now?

“Positive, utterly. That’s what we’ve got talked about. As soon as extra, whether or not or not people suppose they’re inserting all of it on Dalton (Knecht). Nonetheless he’s purchased to do a better job collectively along with his shot alternative. I consider additional of it has been positioned on Z, to be reliable with you. The whole thing ends as a lot as be like an avalanche hitting him on account of he’s so aggressive. Clearly they will recreation plan for Dalton. As a result of that, one other guys are going to get options and they also should shoot the ball. Early inside the 12 months, as soon as we’ve got been turning the ball over, it’s on account of we’ve got been turning down photos, attempting to do completely different points. Normally we get a extreme amount of top of the range photos. You acquire to take the photographs. You acquire to take ’em. If we do that, as a rule we’ve got now the bottom spaced the correct means the place we’re capable of rebound the ball, get some offensive stick-backs. When photos get turned down, guys start driving, what’s subsequent, it leaves the bottom unbalanced and we don’t get what we’ve got to off the offensive glass.”

You said you weren’t sure regarding the mindset to begin out. Various guys inside the locker room said that. Might you are feeling that coming into the game? Was it a shock? How assured are you in what group will current up subsequent week?

“I assumed what we did important into this was good. Our rhythm will get broken just a bit bit. The season is over with, then you definately’ve an prolonged week. That’s the longest time we had off since our open week. I am going to say this. We did not reply properly after our open date.I don’t suppose we carried out properly. I knowledgeable the group that, important into that recreation. I perception these guys. I’ve been with them. I perceive how arduous they work. I perceive how loads it means to them to be an incredible group. I do know they think about in each other. I consider they’ll keep each other accountable, like (Mashack) said. I’m going into every recreation pondering we’ll win if we do what we’re capable of doing. We didn’t. I don’t want to sound like I’m taking away from Chris and his group. I assumed they did an unbelievable job and they also deserved to win the game. They outplayed us the entire time. He’s a terrific coach. From our standpoint, we’re not happy with a great deal of points that occurred at current, points that ought to not have occurred. There’s nothing that did happen that we are going to not restore.”

A number of of those older guys, one thing chances are you’ll say to them that hasn’t been said however about attempting to find out what’s going on on there offensively?

“Successfully, we do a great deal of varied issues. We return, put collectively a video of them participating in properly, making photos. We’ll do all of it. I consider an important issue, is as soon as extra, what we’ve got always achieved. We’ll watch the tape. As soon as extra, the tape goes to degree out all of the issues that we’ve got talked about. Like I said, there’s nothing that they did that we are going to not restore, that we have not wanted to restore sooner than. Understand that there’s no additional fixing. It’s achieved. You acquire to get it achieved correct now. You probably cannot look once more and suppose, as soon as extra, the question a few mindset. I assumed we would be capable of play based totally on how we prepared coming in proper right here. I perceive how harmful Z wanted to play properly on account of he wasn’t apart of this match last 12 months. Nonetheless, that’s all new to Dalton. At current, I assumed he carried out desire it. He’s purchased to know the way he’s going to find out strategies to affect the game when he isn’t making photos, completely different people are participating in him. Actually one in every of them is simply working the courtroom arduous, pulling people with him. The recent button is that we’ve got all purchased to be reliable, myself, take a look at it and see what I didn’t suppose we did or I did properly, what our employees didn’t do to arrange, on account of we’ve got now to stay away from it someway, ultimately. I’ve all of the vanity that these guys will decide it out, on account of they’ve all 12 months. We’ll return and be taught from it and put together for subsequent week.”

What do you are feeling went incorrect so as to start the game?

“Safety. I actually really feel like safety. That’s how you will lose video video games. Offensively… You probably can administration safety, chances are you’ll always administration safety. Like they always achieved, whether or not or not they lose or win, they will stick to what they do. They didn’t change whether or not or not it was the first time we carried out them or now. They did what they always do. They weren’t attempting to do one thing. They weren’t attempting to do one thing they don’t always do. With us, we merely purchased to cool down and play good safety. I consider which will get us in transition, get us some simple seems to be like. We’re an incredible group as soon as we’re out and dealing. If we’re not getting our safety there, our offense is just going togo downhill from there. I consider that’s exactly what occurred. That’s all chances are you’ll say is defensively we weren’t locked in, significantly inside the first half.”

Any diploma of concern going into March Madness with a dropping streak?

“Utterly not. Regardless of it is we’ve got been doing, we’ll get that fixed for sure. I consider we’ve got confirmed it this whole season, that we’re a gaggle with resilience. I consider video video games like this merely assemble toughness for us. Nonetheless guarantee that we’ll return, we’ll take a look at regardless of we’ve got to take a look at. We’ll take a look at what we’ve got now to do ourselves and as a gaggle and we’re not going to bear what we went by the use of at current. It begins with the seniors, with me and Zakai, the blokes which have been in that match. There is no second possibilities from there. Regardless of we’ve got to restore, we’ll get it fixed. We’ll go from there and have ourselves an unbelievable March Madness.”

You talked about safety, attempting to get out in transition. When photos aren’t falling, how loads does that impact safety?

“It shouldn’t the least bit. It shouldn’t. Safety is the one issue which you could possibly administration. You probably can administration safety. You probably can administration rebounding. Ought to you possibly can administration these two points, whether or not or not your photos are falling or not, you might be getting stops on the alternative end. You will make layups, wide-open layups. That’s what you get in transition.By no means, type or kind ought to creating or missing photos impact our safety. I consider that has heaps to do with what went on on this recreation. I consider it purchased to our heads. That will’t happen in basketball, man. You probably cannot be good. Nonetheless safety, you’ll be able to do regardless of chances are you’ll to get them stopping from scoring the ball.”

You delight your self on the toughness and physicality when it is not going properly. Do you are feeling you had the right response? How do you make sure you do subsequent week?

“I consider me personally, it’s really arduous to be that group that goes down and is always acknowledged for we’ll get once more up. I consider we’ve got now to lose that and start with the group that begins off like that. That will’t be us. We can’t be that group that is like, We’ll give them the first half, the second half… No, which will’t happen. To be the group we want to be, that begins inside the first half. Do you have to’re making use of or not, it is a should to have energy, can be found like we’re the underdog. That’s the mindset, that’s going at the moment the rest of the season, we’re the underdogs. It would not matter what. I don’t care what seed we’re participating in, we would be the underdogs, play similar to the underdogs. We’ll come once more from the bounce participating in safety and rebounding.”

How do you keep this from turning into one factor worse? How do you flip this into one factor which will help you to down the road?

“After we go watch the film, we won’t take one thing personal. The whole thing that we see on that film, film don’t lie. We merely purchased to take it to coronary coronary heart and know if we go available on the market and do that as soon as extra, it might be the tip of the season. So we purchased to know what’s at value.”

Y’all have had video video games this season the place points don’t go correct, you get in a deep hole. Until at current y’all usually received right here once more and made these video video games fascinating or gained them. Why didn’t that happen?

“Merely wasn’t ourself. We can’t let that happen as soon as extra. Straightforward as that.”