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What Dennis Gates and Noah Carter had to say: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023

Sandwiched between a loss to the then 0-5 team in the country and playing South Carolina State, here’s what the Tigers head man had to say.

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After a rough loss to Jackson State, Mizzou returns to the court on Wednesday to face off against South Carolina State. The Tigers are 3-2, while the Bulldogs come into Columbia sitting at 2-3. Mizzou is definitely going to need to build some momentum considering the tough stretch of games it has coming up in December. Prior to Wednesday’s matchup, here are some notable things Dennis Gates and Noah Carter said on Tuesday afternoon.

Dennis Gates

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On the final two minutes of the Jackson State game: “It gives us a real life situation whether it’s the NCAA Tournament play or even otherwise, in this season. An opportunity to grow and learn whenever you go 1-4 from the free throw line in the last minute, two turnovers in the last minute and obviously giving up three field goals. You put yourself in a bad spot.”

On South Carolina State coach Erik Martin: “Unbelievable coach. He comes from the West Virginia coaching tree. Coach Martin has done a great job in this program, and definitely can pose problems for defensively and offensively with what they do with their style of play.”

Where this team has to get better: “We didn’t get to the free throw line. And ultimately, we got to do a better job at drawing fouls, being strong with the ball, not trying to make homerun plays.”

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What Gates thinks he can do better as a coach: “We put ourselves in a situation when we didn’t take care of a trap. Caleb Grill, I thought he should have held onto it to get a layup or get a free throws. I have to probably burn a timoeout again in that situation and I got to do better in that spot. In addition, the other thing that stands out is me possibly calling a timeout to set up a press instead of letting Adams just freely dribble up the court.”

Some of the things Gates thought Mizzou did well against Jackson State: “I thought we did a tremendous job responding to their runs, responding to their aggression. We just wasn’t able to close the game.”

On regrouping: “Trust me they felt bad about it. But the thing is resetting your emotional capacity so you can move forward because the game comes quick. It comes fast, and nobody’s going to have anything sad to say to you, especially our opponents.”

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On Jesus Carralero-Martin: “One person that I thought played a great game was Jesus. He ended up with five or six assists, about seven rebounds and four or five points. I thought he did a tremendous job in a high turnover game, minimizing mistakes from the previous games learning that and being ready to play.”

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On Aidan Shaw: “Aidan Shaw’s got to be better. He had two turnovers, one block and one rebound in 10 minutes. That’s not acceptable.”

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On Jordan Butler: “Jordan Butler did a tremendous job throughout the game walling up and presenting size but on the other side of it, knocking down two free throws, but before that taking the dunk and spacing. Spacing is important.”

On the defensive consistency: “(Caleb Grill) and Ant (Anthony) Robinson have led us in defensive percentages, meaning grading out. They have just passed the award, our team award from person to person and somebody else has got to step up in that area to provide what this team needs from a spark standpoint, but also the analytics of our defensive system.”

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On losing Kaleb Brown for the season: “My heart is out for Kaleb Brown. We had to make a decision where he could be on the court consistently, and you know, he just has…that little spot that’s showing up in the X-ray that we’ve got to be cautious for and we didn’t want to burn a year of inconsistency.”

What they will miss with Brown: “His experience. When he played last season, when he played over 10 minutes, he was our highest graded defender. He did some things on road that helped us win at Ole Miss. So he’s going to be missed.”

On how Brown will still contribute to this team: “Today he was involved on the court as it relates to his game planning and management, so he’s moving into a coaching role, so to speak.”

On what to learn from the early losses and the schedule for this year: “Think of the last two minutes, you can practice that all you want but if you don’t have those situations show up in games you may not be prepared in conference or in March or in a conference tournament or in an NCAA Tournament. Right? You got to be able to put yourself in those situations and again. We identify styles of play in our scheduling that can pose a problem but also prepare us for our conference.”

Noah Carter

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On losing to Jackson State: “It only really hurts if you let that loss seep into the next game, you know. Right in the locker room after the game he (Gates) said we can’t lose to Jackson State twice so you know we got to bounce back. You can’t let a loss weigh on you. You have to learn from it and make it a lesson and move on from it, which I think we’ve done.”

On what he needs to do better: “I got to take care of the ball. I had too many careless turnovers. And I just feel that I didn’t play the game the correct way. There was times where I could have driven and, you know, gotten a layup rather than shooting a three.”

On playing the five position: “I mean, at this point, I feel like I’m just used to it. I’ve kind of been doing it honestly since high school, AAU ball since my mid-major days at UNI and now last year and this year, so something I’ve done and something I take pride in is being able to play bigger guys. I feel like I’m strong enough, I’m big enough and I can definitely hold my own.”

His words to Jordan Butler following the late game mistake towards the end of the game: “Just let him know that it’s okay. It wasn’t your fault. It was nothing that you have to weigh your head on. I tried to give him some affirmations you, just let him know that he’s going to be okay. It’s one thing he’s got to go through unfortunately, but you know that is over with and done, learn from it and move forward.”