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Nolan Richardson Press Conference – Florida

Nolan Richardson Press Conference – Florida
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas plays host to No. 4 Florida on Saturday at noon in a game televised by CBS Sports. Arkansas (10-8, 2-4) is coming off an 81-67 loss at No. 15 Georgia Wednesday. Florida (15-2, 4-1) has not played since Saturday’s 84-79 home loss to Georgia.

“It’s usually an up-tempo game when we play. There’s no question they have great talent. Several of their guys will have the chance to play in the NBA. When you play those teams, you know you have to play your best. Billy has done a good job recruiting and with his team. We should be a little tired because we didn’t get to come home (fogged in in Athens following game, the team arrived in Fayetteville at 2:20 p.m. on Thursday). We’ve played four games in four days before. Sometimes kids can bounce back and be ready to play.

Playing half-court or going back to the full-court game:

“We do so many things to try to get our big guys involved and some of those things weren’t working. Then (Brandon) Dean got hurt and wasn’t expected to play, but he came back so we’re going back to what we can do. I’m disappointed in our defense. We’re getting turnovers, but there are different types of turnovers. We need to get steals and layups, and if we do that, it helps offset a poor shooting night.”

UA’s recent play:

“Right now, we’re in a funk. I’ll take the loss and the players will take all the wins. We’re trying to get our guys more focused on the team. Sometimes you bounce back. I think our kids will come back and play as hard as they possibly can. It seems like we’ve been on a roller coaster dive since the LSU game (loss). Sometimes, after a win, it can start to go the other way. We’ve only played six games. Anything is possible as long as we don’t give up. I don’t think our guys are going to give up. I’m not. There have been years when things didn’t look good and they ended up okay. I’ve never been negative, thinking I can’t get it turned around. You just keep on.”

Four home losses:

“For whatever reason, we haven’t played well at home. I think they try too hard. I don’t look back, I keep looking ahead. There are better shooting and defensive days ahead.”

Note: junior forward Larry Satchell suffered a dislocated right thumb in the game at Georgia. He did not practice Thursday and is questionable for the Florida game.

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