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"Our crowd this year has been sensational. There've been articles on attendance and college basketball being down and our crowd has been phenomenal all year. Ticket office people, marketing people, everybody should be congratulated on trying to look ahead and see potential problems. We had a nine game stretch at home, a lot without the students here and our attendance is up from last year. Again, I thank our crowd. They've been sensational for showing up and there is only one left. It's senior night in a couple of weeks, but the crowd has been sensational."
On his team's defensive play:
"We have been getting better and better, defensively. There are a few things that have been fairly consistent for us. We made some more shots today and we needed them, to say the least. I think the point difference is not indicative of what kind of game it was, but we made some shots from the three-point line and we did some better things, offensively, after they cut it to six. I do believe that, defensively, and the work on the backboards is where this team has developed consistency. I hope I don't hate those words after Tuesday night's game but in this four, five and six game stretch I think it has been something."
On Barnes finding his rhythm:
"We have a couple of sets where we try to clear space for him and allow him to [shoot]. He does have an ability to put the ball on the floor and shoot the basketball like he does, I think you have good things like that happen."
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On his assertiveness of late:
"I think we're getting better spacing. When we space out the court, it allows people to be able to work and operate. John has done a better job of either posting up and demanding for the ball or clearing out and setting a screen for me. We're able to capitalize off that and make things happen."
On the team's first half play:
"I think we had some good shots. Coach wasn't too happy with our defensive effort, we didn't have too much energy, we weren't exuding the enthusiasm that he wanted us to. We didn't go to the free throw line at all, in the first half. In the second half, we definitely tried to get more inside and get more contact instead of avoiding the contact."
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On team defense:
"Defense is something that we know we have. With John at the basket, we can block a lot of shots and our guards know that, so they can pressure them. Now we've just got to get on 3-point shooters and be able to drive them off the line. We are getting better at it. Our team defense is getting much stronger, but we do have areas where we need to improve and get better at."
On what makes Henson a great shot blocker:
"His length and his timing are impeccable. He's the only person that can block my hook shot consistently that isn't in the NBA. Brendan Haywood and Rasheed Wallace, they can do it, but John is phenomenal with his timing. He can wait until it just gets up to the peak and he can block it."
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On his 13-assist night:
"I've got to give full credit to my teammates. They did a great job of getting to the back of defender's heads and making it an easy passing lane. When you have players like John [Henson] sitting at the rim, you have no choice but to throw it to him. Justin Watts and Reggie [Bullock] did a great job of moving without the ball, and they made them easy passes for me to make."
On Barnes's play:
"I think Harrison's being the player that everybody tried to make him out to be a year and a half ago. He's becoming that player now. That's not to insult his game at all. Sometimes players just have to grow into that. I think he's done a great job of adjusting to the role. He is one of our main go-to guys."