Nov. 9, 2012
Louisiana Tech vs. Texas A&M Nov. 9, 2012 Post-Game Quotes
A tough loss. This was a game that I thought we could be competitive in with the way that we finished last season and when looking how practice has been going for us. We've really been playing well. I thought we'd come out with a lot of energy and excitement with an opportunity to play an SEC opponent and we did for about 20, 25 minutes. Struggled offensively at times and I think our energy level dropped a little bit. I think that had a lot to do with how well Texas A&M defended. They really sat down and guarded us in their half court and their man, and did a really good job on the offensive glass which I think were their biggest keys to their victory.
On the cold shooting to start the second half:
Shooting was cold for about 40 minutes, but again a lot of that has do with how well they defend. Coach Kennedy's teams have always done that, especially in the half court. They are very, very sound. They make you beat them with jump shots. We had a few open jump shots, not many. And to win on the road in a place like this against a team of this quality you have to take advantage of those and we didn't. It seemed like their defense got even stronger, and our defense let down a little bit. It's tough to play with the same energy level. It's tough for your press to be as effective when you're struggling as much as we did on the offensive end.
On wanting Texas A&M to match them with a smaller lineup:
We feel like that's our advantage right now, where we are in terms of the building of this program. We are very inexperienced in our frontline and unproven. We have a decent amount of experience and depth in our backcourt. Our philosophy is people will have to adjust to us. We have a couple of big guards who can throw their bodies around and be pretty effective at times on the glass. Overall, we held our own when you look at the total offensive numbers, but it seemed like the big offensive rebounds that they got throughout the game, for the most part, led to conversions.
Learning from the film, for the most part, will be what we take out of it. I think to a certain when you are able to view the film and see all of the things that we could have done a little bit better, and then the bottom line of having lost by 12 points to a very quality opponent, should give us a little bit of confidence as we continue the nonconference and go into the WAC conference. These guys are text book defensively and we didn't take advantage of the couple of opportunities that we had. Overall, our biggest concern is our interior production in terms of scoring it inside with mainly defending the glass.
On what the Bulldogs can build off of after game one:
Just learning more than anything. Raheem Appleby had struggled in a couple exhibition games, so to get going late like he did was promising. It's a good thing for us. Obviously, we need it offensively. And I thought a couple of our newcomers showed some signs that maybe they are ready for a few more minutes.
On Raheem Appleby's inability to get shots in the second half:
What they are really good at is collapsing to the ball, and Raheem's strength is scoring off the dribble. We try to run a bunch of quick-hitting actions to get him driving angles. Again, he put his head down, and he would one or two bounce it into the paint and there's three jerseys around him that say Texas A&M. They did a good job of forcing him to pitch the ball, and again, those led to a couple of opportunities where you have to capitalize when you have an open guy that he's pitched to and we've challenged him to become a bigger assist guy, a better passer because team's are going to key in on him like they did tonight. We've got to do a better job with capitalizing.