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Rick Barnes Quotes

Rick Barnes
Look at Oklahoma. They start three seniors. They're a good basketball team. If people thought they were just going to go away, they (were wrong). You don't get ranked in the top five in the preseason if you don't have a good basketball team.
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#Basketball

Rick Barnes
[A few days before the start of the NCAA tournament last March, Texas coach Rick Barnes looked on as reporters fired questions at guard Brandon Mouton, most of which were a variation on one theme:] You play so well during the season, but then you disappear in the tournament -- what's up with that? ... Brandon, I've heard all those questions. I know you don't choke. But if you don't play well in this tournament, that's what I'm going to tell the world you did .
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#Coach

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Transition, we said if they make a 3 we're going to get it out quick and run the transition game. I told A.J. to push it. We did a really nice job of executing right there at the end.
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#Game

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If he hadn't gotten hurt, we wouldn't have watched him play tonight. I think he'd be in the NBA.
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#Hurt

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This is a good rule put in place for players to explore their draft position.
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#Draft

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I told our guys before the game that the key would be what we got from our bench. I watched our last game (KSU) where we bogged down on the offensive end. Obviously, A.J. came up big. They did a great job of double-teaming the post.
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#Bench

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It was a gut-wrenching game. The way West Virginia fought to the end, I'd like to congratulate them on the way they run their program.
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#Congratulate

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You have to give Oklahoma all the credit. They played a great game. They did what they needed to to get the win.
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#Credit

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Teams may look at A.J.'s baby face and slight build and not take him seriously. Well, they won't anymore.
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#Babies

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I think there's a culture at Texas about winning. You come there expecting great things to happen, to be special. There is a culture on our campus about wanting to be the best at what you do.
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#Culture

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Whether we bring Mike Williams off the bench or go small like we did, we have got to deal with those situations.
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#Bench

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Our man defense was good, but we used a lot more zone than I thought we would. Both teams were throwing the ball around because of the intensity of the game.
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#Defense

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I told the team after the game they had a glimpse of how good we can be. We were terrific ... but we can still get better.
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#Game

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His versatility is what separates him. There's not really a part of the game he can't handle.
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#Game

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Right now, if there's any one thing I can change, it's handling the basketball. Sixteen turnovers at this time of year just kills you.
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#Basketball

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Believe me, I'd prefer it not be this way. But one thing about our team is that we've had different guys all year finding different ways to win.
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#Believe

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This is one of the better situations in the country. I know this, there are a lot of guys who would like to be sitting in my chair.
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#Country

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Those things work themselves out.
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#Work

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We told him all year to play more disciplined. It?s just a bad habit of him reaching. He is too good a player to let that happen.
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#Habit

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I don't know if we can guard Texas Tech for 40 minutes man-to-man. We were tired. Zone was good to us tonight.
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#Man

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That's college basketball. I just told them they needed to finish the game. An 18-point lead is nothing that can't be overcome and in February you expect teams to play hard.
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#Basketball

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I've always told Kenton that he sells himself short. He's a much better basketball player than he thinks he is. He's got a great pace to his game. You're not going to speed him up much. He's really embraced the fact that he wants to run the team. He's comfortable now. He knows his teammates. He knows what we need to work our way into.
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#Basketball

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Kenton's been around. He's matured. He'll tell you his approach has changed. He's always had an excellent basketball IQ. It's just that everything else has come together for him.
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#Basketball

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It's obvious he's been in pain. I've been worried all year just watching. I knew he was having a tough time.
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#Pain

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I think it was a situation on this night that (Tech) missed a lot of shots. We were obviously taller and longer, so we could get those rebounds.
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#Night

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With four or five games left in the season, (a win) can swing a whole season around for anybody in this league. There are teams fighting for postseason play, and we make your résumé look pretty good.
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#Games

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If we're stepping backward, there's a lot of people who would like to do the Texas two-step with us.
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#People

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A year ago we were fighting to get into the NCAA tournament.
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#Fighting

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Kansas may be the hottest team in the country right now. I think they're a Top 10 team. On any given night, Kansas can beat any team in the country.
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#Country

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Both teams play good defense and I think that's why they are where they are right now. But both teams can explode offensively. Both can put up numbers.
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#Defense