“I asked them what they thought of David Lee and if there was anything we could do better. They said he was quicker and stronger than they thought, and his ball skills were better than they thought. Now they realize why weights are so important, and getting in position on defense before he catches the ball is important.”
Last year’s home game against Alabama, an 72-68 overtime loss:
“We want to learn from what happened last year. An 18 or 20-point lead with time on the clock is nothing. Teams come back from that all the time. If a team is exploiting something, we have to take that away.
“We couldn’t guard Chuck Davis. He backed us down and backed us down and got whatever he wanted to get. We are bigger and have longer bodies, and that will make it a little different. They still have Kennedy Winston, Earnest Shelton and Jermario Davidson. It’s hard to match up with them because they can hurt you from so many different directions.
“There is no revenge factor, but learning from it is important. I don’t expect this game to have the same flow as that game.
“If that game stayed with us for a whole year, we would probably get scorched. That one is over.”
“We will try different guys on Winston, Olu will probably start out on him but there will be some switches. Ronnie can probably guard all three of their perimeter guys. I don’t want to say too much. We will go with our same starting lineup.”
Playing at home:
“It’s good to play at home. We’re excited about it. The fans bring a lot of energy and we hope to feed off of it. It’s a 40-minute game. We need to focus on what we need to do to win.”