85 Total Quotes

Bruce Pearl Quotes

I love his passion and his energy. He's a one-man press. You talk about the one-two-one-one, he's just the one in front of that press with his length. He compares favorably with a lot of the big men in this league.
Bruce Pearl
#Energy

Arkansas is one of the most talented teams in the country and playing really good basketball right now. It's hard to imagine (Arkansas and Alabama) having to fight their ways in as well as they're playing.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

They did a great job of taking the three-point line away, but to his credit, (Lofton) takes it off the bounce and scores.
Bruce Pearl
#Credit

We're not playing our best basketball right now and haven't been. I think that for the first time the confidence has to be shook a little bit.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

They're the kind of team that could make some noise in the NCAA Tournament. We were playing for a (league) championship today, but they were playing for the (NCAA) tournament. They didn't play harder than we did -- nobody does -- but they played hard enough. I thought they wore us down with their offensive execution.
Bruce Pearl
#Kind

I am very disappointed, but Kentucky played a terrific second half. We must focus on playing better. Every night we have had intense games, and there is no margin of error for this team.
Bruce Pearl
#Focus

I think a lot of times, you find your (conference) tournament champion being somebody that underachieved.
Bruce Pearl
#Champion

Give C.J. Watson credit. (Sparks) was a no-leave guy. We worked him up the whole game.
Bruce Pearl
#Credit

People that have been around Tennessee basketball said it was one of the best environments they have ever seen. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

It was off the charts. Terrific. People that have been around Tennessee basketball said that it was one of the best environments they've ever seen, which is wonderful to hear in our first year.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

He plays so hard and plays with guts and passion, and he's the kind of guy you'd like to have on your team, but hate to play against. I think it's a combination of respect, admiration and good fun.
Bruce Pearl
#Passion

Absolutely. There's a different set of rules for him than anybody else on the team.
Bruce Pearl
#Rules

He does more in the game of basketball than make baskets, but certainly we don't win without him making baskets. You can get other guys to rebound. You can get other guys to steal the ball. You can't get other guys to make the shots he's making.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

It's the greatest sound in college basketball. The crowd makes this noise, like ' oh no ' when a guy who's hot gets the ball and has an open look. Even before he shoots, before he makes it, the crowd reacts. It's so cool, and it's a testament to how smart these fans are. And it's fun for the shooters, too.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

It is harder than most because of the crowd. But there's Florida and other places, too.
Bruce Pearl
#Crowd

I wasn't calling them out. I just remember some of coach Mears' teams, and the great games with Kentucky.
Bruce Pearl
#Games

I don't think anybody is scared of our half-court defense. When you get ready to play Tennessee, you can say lots of different things about how they might beat you, but our half-court defense isn't one of them.
Bruce Pearl
#Defense

He's better off the bounce. He's also getting more offense from his defense. He's a sophomore, so he's a year older, a year stronger.
Bruce Pearl
#Defense

Defense and rebounding win championships. We can beat people lots of different ways, but ... it's difficult when you're not getting any stops.
Bruce Pearl
#Defense

I think a lot of people thought that was it. We've done everything we could do, and I think that would be a fair assessment. I saw more than I thought we had. It was nice to see it.
Bruce Pearl
#People

We're very excited about playing in that atmosphere.
Bruce Pearl
#Atmosphere

We desperately want to win. We've tasted enough failure at Tennessee.
Bruce Pearl
#Failure

They present tremendous challenges. They're a big, athletic team. Teams that have given us trouble are ones with big, physical front lines that take advantage of our lack of size and depth.
Bruce Pearl
#Present

This is a real good night for the Southeastern Conference basketball. This is a shot that will be heard around the country. You look around the SEC and see it is so competitive. When a team like Tennessee can do something to create better balance in the league we all benefit.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

In the second half, Arkansas clearly was fresher. We did not have the energy to speed things up. We did not turn Arkansas over a lot. It takes energy to create offense or defense, and we needed more energy.
Bruce Pearl
#Energy

I am very disappointed in these young men. Our players need to take their responsibility for being a role model seriously, and if they don't act responsibly they won't be playing at Tennessee.
Bruce Pearl
#Men

We will win more championships during my time here. We've won championships in the past. This one is going to be significant and it's going to be special because it was so unexpected and accomplished with a lot of obstacles and a lot to overcome. That said that's about all the reflecting I'm going to do on it because we have a lot of basketball to play.
Bruce Pearl
#Past

Fatigue may be a factor, but I don't want to make excuses. We're capable of defending better.
Bruce Pearl
#Fatigue

I think that we've got to focus on trying to come down the stretch here and start playing better basketball. Every night we've had some really, really intense, physical games the last three or four, and there's no margin for error with this team. When we slip up a little bit, obviously a team like Kentucky is able to expose it.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball

We have to focus on getting better down the stretch and playing better basketball. There's no margin for error with this team. When we slip up a little bit, obviously a team like Kentucky is able to expose that.
Bruce Pearl
#Basketball