“For this game, we have to control the tempo and take away their inside game. We can’t let them pound us inside and we have to neutralize Mo Williams. We have to make their other players, who are good players, beat us.”
Last year’s game between Kent State and Alabama in the NCAA Tournament (KSU won, 71-58): “We got on them early. We had experience and they were younger. We got off to a good start and carried it through the game. The experience was the difference.”
Memphis game: “I thought we did a great job on defense in the first half. Against Memphis, I think our team started doing some of the things that will help us win some games. If we can put it all together, we’ll get some wins. Our team does not have a large margin for error.”
The SEC: “The conference is awfully good. It’s probably the top conference in the country, top to bottom. Most teams in the league have two losses or less. That shows our strength and depth. I hope a lot of the players around the conference are seniors or are leaving for the NBA. “We would love to have a better record, but with how things started with our schedule and us growing as a team, this is just how it’s worked out.”
Dionisio Gomez (has a bruised left thigh): “He’s day-to-day. He’s made major progress since Sunday. Hopefully by Tuesday he will be fully recovered and ready to go.”
Lineup: “If Dionisio is healthy and can play, our lineup will probably be the same.
“I’m pleased with Carl Baker, both in the last game and in the last few practices. Dionisio Gomez still has to be a key guy for us. Eric Ferguson, I think, had his best game (against Memphis) with his shot selection and defending a bigger guard.
“I would like to have seven or eight guys that will go. The key for us is matching up.”