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Stan Heath Press Conference – Auburn

Stan Heath Press Conference – Auburn

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas plays host to Auburn Saturday at 2:05 p.m. in a non-televised game. Arkansas (5-7, 0-1) is coming off a 61-51 loss at No. 4 Alabama. Auburn (12-2, 1-0) beat Vanderbilt at home on Wednesday, 62-59. Following is a partial transcript of head coach Stan Heath’s press conference.
“Auburn is scoring a lot of points. They have a lot of weapons and do a good job of attacking you one-on-one. Marquis Daniels and Marco Killingsworth give them a nice one-two punch. They pressure you, so we have to do a good job taking care of the ball. They have a good team, but I believe we’ve played a schedule that’s a little tougher than theirs and I hope that has prepared us for this. They aren’t a team that passes the ball around 10 or 11 times. Our perimeter defense will be tested along with our inside. Daniels is a scorer. He can do it in different ways. He rebounds, so he can hurt you on the offensive glass, he can hit the three-pointer and he can post up. We have to slow him down.”

Alabama recap:
“It was good experience on the road, and it was one of our better road games. Unfortunately, we were playing the No. 4 team in the country. Free throw shooting has been our Achilles heel. We’ve had games where we shot well, unfortunately yesterday was not one of them. We went to a hostile environment and made a couple of runs at a very good Alabama team.
“We had that eight-minute stretch at the end of the first half where we got one free throw, but we had some open looks and some high-low situations where we didn’t catch the ball or we were a little off the mark. In the second half, we got our offense going, shot a high percentage and played with them.
“We competed and fought. We had some opportunities and didn’t cash in. We haven’t had a lot of success on the road. I don’t want our guys to feel like just because we’re on the road our chances aren’t very good.”

Arkansas’ defense:
“Our defense was fine. They scored 10 points in eight minutes (at the end of the first half). It was just a lack of us putting points on the board. We’re doing a better job of identifying the strengths of our opponents and taking those away. We’re making better decisions and taking care of the ball better. We had 17 turnovers and that’s a little high, but a lot of those did not lead to easy baskets.”

Mindset of the players:
“They are fighting and they want to win. They’re doing everything we’re asking of them. I have no problem with their effort. We’re still trying to learn how to win. We haven’t had success against any big-name teams and psychologically that hinders us.”

First SEC game:
“I was not in awe of their crowd. They treated me pretty good. They put up Motown signs. They’re the No. 4 team in the country and they had some empty seats. Actually it made me better appreciate the fans we have here.”

Three straight home games:
“That’s a big plus. We play better at home. We need to protect our home turf, play with confidence, get some energy from the crowd and feed off of that.”

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