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Hear What Some Coaches Had to Say
February 01, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Some notable quotes from Big 12 basketball coaches.

Texas coach Rick Barnes after his team's 83-57 loss at Kansas State:
"They come home after losing two in a row, and we know it's going to be a desperate game for them. Where we are, every game should be a desperate game. They came out and played great. We certainly helped by not fighting their early determination."

And more Barnes:
"I told the team, 'The first five minutes of the game, the tone of this game will be set. We will see right from the beginning.' Think about it. It was. They (Kansas State) came out and were terrific. I thought they played great tonight. I thought we helped them, not fighting. Their early determination, their intensity, we didn't match it."

Baylor coach Scott Drew after his team's 74-71 loss to Oklahoma:
"In the Big 12, one game you're sitting pretty, the next game, the world's coming to an end That's why you need the upperclassmen and the experience to know that this is a grind, a battle, a gauntlet - it's a marathon," Drew said. "So we're still only in the early stages."

Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson on Angel Goodrich hitting a game-tying 3-pointer that set up the Jayhawks' overtime defeat of Iowa State:
"We (were) absolutely a train wreck. We're trying to run something without our timeouts, and then CeCe (Harper) is on the wrong side, so I'm just trying to yell, and we're all looking at each other because it got busted. But often times it's not about the play you run, it's about making a play, and (Goodrich) made a play."

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale on how the Sooners reacted after leading scorer Aaryn Ellenberg suffered an ankle injury early in the second half of her team's victory over TCU:
"They just move ahead unfazed. (Ellenberg) goes down in the second half, and they didn't panic - matter of fact, they just turned up the intensity and attention to detail - had a tremendous run there in the second half. These guys are fun to coach because they believe in each other, and they believe they can win games."

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