Texas A&M Basketball
Weekly Press Conference
Feb. 11, 2013 ● Reed Arena
Texas A&M Men’s Basketball Head Coach Billy Kennedy
“First of all, I thought we played really well offensively against Missouri in the first half, and the second half I thought we wore down a little bit and Missouri did a better job of attacking the basket. Unfortunately against Georgia, we didn’t have very good minutes offensively. We really struggled scoring even though I thought we had some good opportunities; we just need to be more efficient on the offensive end. With the stretch run in the eight games that are left, we got to step up and start making open shots, and keeping teams off the free-throw line on the defensive end.”
On shooting better
“That’s what we’re going to do. We going to get into the gym and shoot more and chart every shot. We’ve got to get consistent in making them. We had twenty really good looks when you break the film down, and missed them. If it’s a lay-up, an open jump shot, an open three, you’ve got to make those shots. There’s a lot of reasons: we played eight guys, fatigues had something to do with the quick turnaround playing late on Thursday night. We’re not a really athletic team where we can bounce right back physically. And Georgia had a lot to do with it, they’re one of the better defensive teams in the league. But at this time of the year, you’ve got to make shots when you get them because teams know each other better the second time around and you don’t get many good ones. When you get good ones you’ve got to make them.”
On fatigue and quick turnaround between games:
“The good teams are able to bounce back. We’ve got to get where we can physically and mentally bounce back in those situations. Everybody in our league has gone through that. I’m not sure what the winning percentage is on the second game on the road, but I believe it’s probably not too good.”
On passing up shots:
“There’s some truth to that, but it’s not because we’re not telling them to shoot. Some of that is just inexperience and lack of confidence. We got shots off against Georgia and I don’t think anybody was afraid to shoot. I think it happens sometimes but not as much as you would think. Sometimes we get them off because we are open and in a hurry. I know Alex Caruso is always trying to catch it and make a play for somebody instead of realizing ‘I’m open, I’ve got to get it off’. With him getting some experience in and some confidence in the gym; that will come. His form and his fundamentals, he shoots the ball a lot better in practice than he does in the games.”
On Ole Miss:
“They are averaging 75 points a game and are the best offensive team in our league right now with the SEC’s leading scorer in Marshall Henderson. They’ve made more free-throws than we’ve attempted. This is a very explosive offensive team, one that’s a tough match-up for us. We have to control the tempo some and take care of the ball because they will force turnovers. We have got to do a good job of keeping them off the free-throw line.”
On great start against Missouri to struggles against Georgia:
“That’s the game. When you’re making shots it looks like your coach is great and the offense is great. When you’re missing shots, it’s an ugly game. I think that’s just the nature of the game. I don’t want to say it’s frustrating; if I didn’t see it every day, I probably would be frustrated, but it’s something we have to deal with and work through, continue to press on and hope we can start making those shots.”
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