No. 14 Mississippi 105, No. 20 Alabama 71

March 3, 2001

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Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes:
(On the game) "I am thankful to be a part of such a special group of people. It has been great to coach the seniors. I did not guarantee a win before the game, but I knew we would play hard. This was the best game of the season for us overall. Our team was fantastic. They were really focused on the game. This was an important win, and we came in and won it as a team."

(On using the LSU loss as motivation)
"I told our guys after the (LSU) loss that tomorrow is always a new day. If we were to dwell on what happened 20 years ago, we would not be here today. We came back and practiced hard on Thursday. I knew it would not take too much to motivate our guys for this game."

(On the upcoming SEC Tournament)
"We are going to give our guys some time to enjoy this win. Then it will be time to get back to business. We will practice hard to prepare for next Friday's game. We know the tournament will be the beginning of a new season."

Ole Miss senior Rahim Lockhart:
(On using the LSU loss as motivation) "It was just one game. If we had gotten down after one loss, we would not be the SEC West champs."

(On playing his final home game)
"This is a great ball team. It has been fun playing with them. It has been a learning experience both on and off the court playing for Coach Barnes. I think our fans are great, and they have made playing here special for me."

Ole Miss senior Jason Holmes:

(On his career afternoon)
"I tried to just come out and play hard today. I wanted to play well in front of my family and the Ole Miss fans. I wanted to leave here with a win. My teammates did a good job of feeding me the ball. They knew I was feeling it, and they made sure to get me the ball."

 

 

Ole Miss senior John Engstrom:

(On playing his final home game at Ole Miss)
"It was a privilege to play here at Ole Miss. The fans made it so much fun."

Ole Miss senior Jason Flanigan:

(On his last game in the Tad Pad)
"It has been an honor to play for Coach Barnes and in front of these fans during my career. It has been awesome to be a part of such a great hoop squad. Now it is time for us to get ready for the SEC Tournament and then the NCAA Tournament."

Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried:

(On the game)
"Congrats to Ole Miss. The storyline is we weren't good, but let's not forget the play of Ole Miss. They were tremendous. You do not always have an answer, and we did not today. It is a disappointing loss for our team."

(On the reason's for Alabama's recent woes)
"It is not because of lack of effort. I think our team is playing really hard, but we are just not playing very well. We have the leading scorer in the conference. He has had two bad games and nobody else picked up the slack. I do not have an answer for his slump, and neither does Rod (Grizzard)."

(On the technical fouls in the second half)
"Johnny Jones has apologized to me and the team for his behavior. He was caught up in the heat of the moment. He had no intentions of embarrassing our team or his family. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to have handled the situation myself, but the officials made their calls without letting me know that Johnny was crossing the line."

Alabama sophomore Rod Grizzard:

(On losing big being different than losing by a small margin)
"It still hurts just as much. We needed to win this game. Ole Miss played really well. It was their senior day, and they had a lot of emotion. They shot the ball extremely well. I have to take my hats off to them. They deserved this one."

(On the rest of the season)
"We need to just take it one game at a time from here on out. I do not think anyone should write us off just yet."

Alabama sophomore Terrance Meade:

(On Alabama's chances of getting an NCAA tournament bid)
"We have to keep our heads together. We need to go to Nashville and play well, and show the NCAA committee that we are one of the top 64 teams in the country. We need to assure them that we deserve to be in the tournament."

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