Post Game Quotes - Georgia
Jan. 9, 2016

Recap

Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy

On the game…
“I’ve been a part of a few of them. There haven’t been as many as we would have liked, but there have been some good moments in the history of this program. We’ve had a team go to the Sweet 16. Winning NCAA Tournament games is not an easy thing to do. Winning the SEC Championship and the commissioner handing you the trophy and you pull out a ladder, that’s a special moment. I’m not sure what you can do to top these last 72 hours. It’s been incredible. We came in to the game Thursday, the soft opening, and what a game. Win, magical moment that can never be forgotten as it relates to the opening of this gorgeous facility. The bad thing about trying to buy a day on the front end is that you have zero prep time. We were really, really fatigued. Sebastian Saiz, even though he goes for 14 (points) and 10 (rebounds), that’s all guts. We were a step slow from not only the toughness of the game Thursday but also the emotion that was spent, and the fact that my bench is very thin. When you’re not making shots, it’s so demoralizing. When you’re not making free throws, it’s demoralizing. For us to continue to stay the course and get stop after stop. Under 90 seconds to play, made a play, you win in that dramatic of fashion. I’m not sure there has ever been a 72-hour period from the ribbon cutting earlier and the emotion that was displayed with that because of all the people in disbelief that this is now our new home to winning a game in that magnitude. What a 72 hours for Ole Miss basketball.”

On Stefan Moody’s game-winning shot…
“I was calling timeout. Coaches can’t get timeouts. I was calling it initially. When Moody was coming down, I saw we had no spacing. From my vantage point, they had a guy on Moody, and he really had nowhere to go. I was going to call timeout. There were about nine seconds or so to play, and then try to draw something up. Obviously, we were going to try to get him a shot. I’m yelling to get the official. He says, ‘One of your players. You can’t call timeout.’ By then, after we had that lengthy conversation, Moody had gotten to the right side of the floor, and he had an angle. There’s nothing more we can ask for, downhill to his right hand. He’s so much more effective, which is why everyone plays him that way. When he goes left, he can get the same separation, but he has to shoot it with his right hand. All of that separation that he created now is negated when he brings the ball back. That’s why we try to get him right. He got right. He’s strong as an ox. He’d been battered and bruised. He’s like our Derrick Henry. We’ve been riding him. He turns that corner. Players make plays.”

 

 

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