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Stan Heath Press Conference – Auburn

Stan Heath Press Conference – Auburn
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas closes its regular season with Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at Auburn. The game is being televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports. The Razorbacks lost at home to Mississippi State on Tuesday, 57-55, and enter the game 18-10 overall and 6-9 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn lost at Alabama on Wednesday, and is 12-16 overall and 3-12 in the league. Following is a partial transcript of head coach Stan Heath’s press conference.

“Auburn has had the lead at the half in a lot of games and then lost some in the second half. This will be a dogfight. It’s also their Senior Night and they have several seniors. We have to do a good job defending the three and getting back on defense. We have to do a lot better job scoring against the zone defense. We did a better job attacking the zone against Tennessee. Unfortunately, we didn’t make enough shots against Mississippi State.

“Auburn shoots a lot of threes and they shoot them in transition. They have no players taller than 6-6. That causes a matchup problem for us, but we also cause a matchup problem for them.

“Toney Douglas is a terrific player. We did a good job on him the first time around. It will not be as easy this time.”

Playing against zone defense:

“Mississippi State started the second half in man defense and switched to a zone. Eric did a good job of penetrating and we were very aggressive. I don’t know what happened. We got a lead and got very cautious and tentative. Different guys tried to step up. It just didn’t happen.

“Not every team has had success against us in a zone. If you ask Tennessee, they probably don’t think so. Auburn, the first time we played, they zoned us, too.

“The first couple of possessions are the key. If you don’t make your shots and they stay in it, it becomes more mental than physical. We have to be able to make shots and still have that balance of going inside.”

Coming back from the loss to MSU:

“I expect the players to be a little upset that we lost and wanting to step up and win, especially on the road where we haven’t had a lot of success. Our practices are big. We have to make sure we have a good game plan. I’ve seen the team respond this year and we’ve had games where we played solid all the way through.”

Michael Jones:

“I wish I could have started him and played him more. We went to him as soon as (MSU) took Marcus Campbell out. Offensively, he can give us a threat to shoot the ball, but the explosiveness, push-off and lateral movement is not at the level I’m comfortable with, and it’s not at a level he’s comfortable with.”

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