Stan Heath Press Conference – LSU
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas plays host to LSU Saturday at 2:05 p.m. in a game televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports. The Razorbacks knocked off Georgia, 62-47, on Wednesday while LSU beat Auburn at home, 90-69. Arkansas has won two straight and is 16-7 overall and 4-6 in the SEC. LSU has won four of its last five and is 13-7 overall and 6-3. Following is a partial transcript of head coach Stan Heath’s press conference.
“Rebounding is a high priority. We have to try to contain Davis without allowing Bass, Mitchell, Hudson or some of the others to hurt us.
“It will not be an easy game. We have to play better than we did in the last game. We need more out of our power forward position, we need to be a little better at point guard and we need to get Olu Famutimi back on track.
“Glen Davis is a combination of size, actually abnormal size, with foot speed and with good hands. A key is our defense away from the ball when Davis doesn’t have it. Once he gets planted, good luck. He’s not moving.
“Saturday is an opportunity to make up some ground. We’re still hungry. Sometimes we make mistakes, but I don’t question our will and desire.
“That game (this year’s first meeting) hurt our hearts, there’s no question. You can still look back and think you should be 5-5 instead of 4-6.
“There’s always been a little rivalry between the schools. There’s a lot of history that goes back past the last three years. As for the last game, LSU didn’t have anything to do with the way it ended. It may heighten the intensity, but we know both teams will be ready.”
“We have to find ways to look for him and get him off screens. He’s our best three-point shooter right now. He has to work to get open. He will respond. What you love about him is that he’s a machine. He’s in the gym all the time and does whatever he’s told.”
The Georgia game:
“I had to catch myself last night. We had just won an SEC game by 15 points and we’ve won two SEC games in a row. We started off a little slow, but I saw some magical moments out there. There was Ronnie Brewer’s backwards dunk, a fast break where the ball never touched the floor and the alley-oop dunk from Ronnie to Jonathon Modica. We have to improve on the frequency of those plays.
“We are not perfect and we will never be perfect, but as we continue to grow, we need to look at the glass as half full. Darian Townes had a nice game, Steven Hill played well and Jonathon has started to come around.
“We need to just empty our heads and play. I looked at our four-guard lineup and that’s me. I need to fine-tune some things.
“Our ‘A’ game wasn’t there, but we were able to fight through it. That’s a good sign for us, a good sign for our maturity. We’ve done that the last couple of games.”
“Those guys (Ronnie Brewer, Eric Ferguson, Darian Townes, Jonathon Modica, Olu Famutimi) are our best five. We hope to use our speed and quickness to our advantage.”
“The thing I like about him is his versatility. He makes guys around him better. What has improved the most is his consistency. He’s a marked man and gets a lot of attention. He saw a box-and-one for the first time last night. He’s like a free safety. You never know where he is, he just makes plays, whether it’s scoring, rebounding, making a steal or getting an assist.”
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