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Stan Heath Press Conference  South Carolina

Stan Heath Press Conference  South Carolina
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas travels to South Carolina for a 6:30 p.m. (Central) non-televised game on Wednesday. The Razorbacks dropped a 68-67 decision to No. 6 Kentucky on Saturday while USC lost at Florida, 80-72. Arkansas is 14-6 overall and 2-5 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are 11-7 overall and 3-4. Following is a partial transcript of head coach Stan Heath’s press conference.

“The teams share some similarities. They’ve had some tough games and played close games with Pittsburgh and Kansas. They have not lost a conference game at home and have lost just once at home all year.

“They are a team that has a lot of length and athleticism. They have a couple of energy guys that play with a lot of bounce in Carlos Powell and Renaldo Balkman. Balkman covers a lot of ground and makes a lot of plays. We have to take care of the ball. They show a lot of different defenses. It’s important for us to attack the press and be strong with the ball, and get good looks at the rim. In our last game, we took shots maybe a second quicker than we needed to.

“This is a pivotal game for us. We have a deceptive team in how our record looks. We have to respond. To give ourselves a chance at postseason, we have to win some games on the road. We have to juice our guys up and get motivated to play (after the UK loss). We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we didn’t make a last-second shot or get a defensive stop. We have to learn how to win. We haven’t been in that situation enough.

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