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January 14, 2013

Players talk after Baylor win

Senior Jeff Withey

On tonight's defensive performance:
"The key to tonight's game was defense. Our defense definitely carried us well because there was a stretch where we weren't shooting very well. We guarded their point guard well because he didn't score at all in the second half. We just played really good defense and that saved us."

On playing against Isaiah Austin:

"He's good. He got a double-double tonight. I like playing against guys my size. I've said that from day one. It was a fun game for me. We tried trapping him a couple times, but he likes to play on the outside so that's why Kevin guarded him. Kevin did a great job and I was there to help out whenever Austin would drive it. We did a great job altogether defensively."

Senior Elijah Johnson

On Ben McLemore's injury in the second half:
"My heart dropped to see someone like that who works hard get injured. He always tries to do everything right and he just doesn't deserve to be hurt right now or be cheated out of playing. I feel like he's been cheated out of playing long enough. In the locker room after the game he seemed alright, I think he just panicked more than anything. Ben will bounce back, I'm sure."

On tonight's performance:

"I think this game can give us some good momentum. I'm happy with my team for getting through this streak of games we've had in the past eight days. For this to be the end of it and us still playing the way we played says a lot. We handled it well. I'm proud of my team for being able to stand up and play and not pay attention to the fatigue in our bodies.

Senior Travis Releford
On controlling Baylor offensively:
"I have to give credit to the assistant coaches for doing a great job on the scouting reports and their play calling. We did a lot of work on that in practice. Once they called a play we were all in tune. We knew who was going to get the ball on certain plays. I think that helped out a lot."

Baylor head coach Scott Drew
Opening statement:

"With our veteran guards, we have to take better care of the ball. That gets us more shots, keeps teams out of transition and that's where we got exploited today. For both teams to hold opponents to 37 percent and 23 percent shooting, that's good defense."

On Kansas' post presence:

"I was surprised by that because with our size and length, we block a lot of shots and we practice against good shot blockers. Normally, when we play against shot blockers, it's not that big of an adjustment. It surprised me that (Kansas) had as many blocks as they did. That's a credit to them."

On his impression of Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore:

"It's pretty easy to see how good a player he is. I think Coach (Bill) Self and his staff have done a great job with him. We saw him out of high school and knew then that he was going to be good. For him to do as much as he's done early in his career is really impressive."

On if he's concerned about his team's offensive play:

"Give credit to the defense, but offensively, we have to figure some things out. We can't struggle all year long. Defense wasn't played at the free throw line, but we still shot 60 percent there. We've got to do a better job shooting the ball."

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