Postgame Quotes

Dec. 1, 2007

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Georgia Tech vs. Vanderbilt
December 1, 2007
Memorial Gymnasium

Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Hewitt

Opining comments
“Vanderbilt played well today. They executed really well. Their big guys along with Foster were a big concern for us coming in. They shot a very high percentage and just played well.”

On Georgia Tech’s press attack
“I thought coming into the game that they would be a little tired after playing on Thursday. Give them credit, they were ready and executed well.

On the contributions of Ogilvy and Metcalfe
“Ogilvy is very poised for a freshman. He’s very impressive. We watched tape on him and I thought we did a good job of stressing to our big men just how good he is. For a young player, he has good feet and feel in the post. He’s a rugged kid. He’s a really good player and Jermaine Beal is really solid as well.

On Georgia Tech trying to recruit Ogilvy
“We were aware of him. I will say that he’s a little bit better then advertised.”

On the balance of Vanderbilt
“They’re a good team. I’m not sure you can say that they’re a better team then last year after losing Byers, the SEC Player of the Year. They’re really impressive right now and very well coached.”

On Vanderbilt’s defense of Anthony Morrow
“They just guarded him well and played physical defense. I’m disappointed that we didn’t execute things that we wanted to in the first four minutes of the game. We didn’t start well in the beginning to get Morrow involved more in the game.”

On the changes of Vanderbilt this season with Ogilvy
“The sets are the same. You know that they are going to execute well. They had a little more backdoor sets last season then this season. This year, there is a lot more screen action to get the guys in the low post more involved. Anytime Foster sets a backscreen, he will get his own screen.”

On struggles in the first half
“They executed their sets early and we were trying to attack them off the dribble defensively and they did a good job of making extra passes. They were consistent were making extra passes to get extra three-pointers.”

Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings

Opening Statement:
“Other than the last three minutes, I thought we had a good performance on both ends of the court. I thought we defended well. I thought we rebounded the ball well. We moved well on the offensive end of the court, which led to being able to drive inside and to get to the foul line. I thought we played very well and had good play throughout.”

On Vanderbilt’s Defensive Effort:
“I thought we played well defensively until the last 5-6 minutes when we got sloppy. It was one of our better defensive performances of the year. Late in the game, we started fouling and gave up some easy baskets. For the first 30-45 minutes, we played about as well as we could play.”

On the Match Up with Georgia Tech:
“We just played well today. It’s interesting because I felt like we played well a year ago against them. I went back and looked at the tape of that game and we were awful a year ago, but we defined awful in a different way. I don’t think that either one of us was a good team then. Both of us got better as the season went along.”

On Vanderbilt’s Inside Play:
“It’s very helpful to have [Alan Metcalfe and A.J. Ogilvy] be productive. Alan’s played well since the very beginning of the season and the beginning of practice. He has the look like Dan Cage and Ted Skuchas did last year, where seniors understand what it’s supposed to be about. If the season’s going to go where we want it to go, it’ll be key for us.”

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