Insell Postgame Quotes



Feb. 13, 2014


Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Insell

 Opening Statement …
“First off, I would like to say thank you to the Kentucky fans. It really meant a lot to me the ovation they gave me before the game. It speaks volumes for the support that they have for this program. I really want to thank them. I would also like to give credit to Kentucky. I said in a statement in one of the papers, ‘Matthew will figure this out’ and he will figure this out. They’re starting to come together. The last game, I thought they played well against Florida. He didn’t get the result he wanted. I thought they played well today and they are getting better and better. We got beat by a really good basketball team today. We’ll go back to Oxford and figure out where we made mistakes and fix those mistakes. I’m proud of my kids for continuing to fight. Tia Faleru (did well) on the road against some really good post players, 31 (points) and 16 (rebounds). She’s a good player and she’s getting better every day. I am proud of her for that. We’ll go back and figure this out and get better. Full credit to Kentucky. They have got a really good basketball team. Look for them to make some noise as the tournaments come on.”

 On second half adjustments …
“I think they tried to do it the whole game. Big play in the game was to end the half down seven. Everything was going our way. They were a little frustrated. That’s what we were trying to do by switching our defense. We had the tempo we wanted. We gave up a jump shot there to end the half. They came back to start the second half with a little more emotion that we came out with as a group which allowed them to get a little lead. We cut it back to 12 or 14 there. We give up a layup and then one of our players has a frustration technical. That’s a huge turning point. I think they make a 3 right after that. They did nothing different in the second half than they did in the first half. Valencia (McFarland) is a great point guard. They guarded her with two. They were trying to get into her legs just like everyone tries to get into her legs. She has to play 40 minutes a night for us. That’s just where we’re at. We don’t have a lot of depth and that kills us. Her going 40 (minutes) and them trying to get into her legs is a good strategy for them, but nothing different in the second.”

On the crowd’s reaction to his introduction …
“I wasn’t expecting that. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought they might boo me. I don’t know if everyone is mad at me for leaving. I don’t really know. I told Tia (Faleru) they may boo me when they announce my name, but they cheered for me. That was a special moment for me. This is a special place that I put a lot of sweat into. This is a place that we are moving our program in the same process that we had here five or six years ago. We are at the beginning stages (like) when Matthew (Mitchell) and I both got here six or seven years ago or whenever that was. For the fans to cheer for that was special. It was a real special moment for me for their sign of respect there. There are a lot of really nice people in this area. I respect Kentucky’s program. We are trying to get our program to that level. We are trying to get our program to the top of the SEC. We are working hard every day on our recruiting. We are working every single day to get players to come in here and do the exact same thing they are doing. (We’re) stacking our roster and building our depth on the roster. It was a real special moment. It hit me there for a couple seconds and then it hit me that I need to get Tia Faleru the ball and that’s what we did. I was real happy with that. (She) didn’t come to the bench and tell me to throw (her) the ball tonight, which is good. That happens quite a bit too.”

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