March 5, 2008
Columbia, S.C. -
South Carolina head coach Dave Odom
"We were rested and coming off a win. I thought we had a really good game plan. I thought things were headed in the right direction. You've got to give Kentucky a lot of credit. They had an excellent game plan."
"The story of the game was [Kentucky's] defense, the way they played it, and the way we did not react favorably to their double-teams, off ball picks, and things of that nature."
"In the end, it was too much Joe Crawford, too much Ramel Bradley. Those two, on the offensive end and on the defensive end, controlled the game."
"When [Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley] put their mind to it, they are as good as any two-some in the [SEC]. As you saw tonight, it was an extraordinary performance by Joe [Crawford]."
"We still have games to play. We played each team well in our conference. We have a chance to win the SEC tournament and get an automatic bid [the NCAA Tournament]. If we come out and work hard, anything can happen."
"We were playing for Coach [Dave] Odom and Dwayne [Day]. This was the last night in the Colonial Center for everyone. We wanted to make this a memorable night."
"I wanted to come out and win. Things happen. I am not going to be down. All I can do is come out to practice and get ready for the SEC Tournament."
"I was not nervous at all tonight. I just wanted to go out and enjoy my last minutes in the Colonial Center."
Head Coach Billy Gillispie"It was a great win for us tonight against a scary team. Coach Odom is a classy coach. Every coach wants to be like him. It was a huge win for us though. These guys amaze me. They play really well together."
"It was an unbelievable night for [Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford]. Both of those guys combined for 55 points. When seniors have commitment like they do, good leadership qualities, and are hungry to win, this happens sometimes. It makes me proud as a coach to see them work through tough times."
(On chances of making the NCAA Tournament)
"It was a big win for us. I don't know what'll happen with the other teams that play tonight. If things fall for us the way they can, we have a chance to be playing for the SEC Championship Sunday. [The selection committee] can't ignore what this team has done in conference play. Both home and away, in wins and losses, this team does whatever it takes to win."
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