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Stan Heath Press Conference – Alabama

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Stan Heath Press Conference – Alabama
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tries to bounce back from Saturday’s loss at Florida when the Razorbacks play host to No. 18 Alabama Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. in a game nationally televised by ESPN. Arkansas is 13-2 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. Alabama is 12-3 and 1-1. The Crimson Tide beat LSU at home on Saturday. Following is a partial transcript of head coach Stan Heath’s press conference.

“This is really an important game for us. We didn’t play well against Florida, not to take anything away from Florida. We showed no patience and we didn’t execute. We seemed a step slow and David Lee gave us a lesson on post play.

“We’re playing a team with good post play. They have Chuck Davis, and Jermareo Davidson is vastly improved. They also have two of the best wings in the conference in Kennedy Winston and Earnest Shelton. They can score and have a lot of confidence. They are starting a freshman point guard (Ronald Steele). Their starting five is as good as any in the country. The key is for us to get into their bench.”

The Florida game:

“We were ready and excited to play. We’re used to dictating the tempo and for whatever reason, that didn’t happen. We were slow against their press and quick against their halfcourt. That’s not a good combination.”

UA’s big men:

“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.”

Matchups:

“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.”



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