Stan Heath Press Conference – Tulsa
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas plays host to Tulsa on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in a game televised by Fox Sports Net South. The game is carried by Fox Sports Southwest in Arkansas. The Razorbacks are 4-0 following Saturday’s 79-63 win over Gardner-Webb. Tulsa is 1-1. Following is a partial transcript of head coach Stan Heath’s press conference.
“Tulsa is a team, that through the years, we have had a small rivalry with. We have familiarity with and respect for each other. They are very sound defensively. They have a very good player in Jarius Glenn. He’s a tough, tough player and he creates difficult matchup problems. Last year when we played, we didn’t have Olu (Famutimi). Size-wise, that’s a good matchup. Anthony Price has also really come on.
“They have good experience. They have a senior and junior roster. We need to do a good job offensively and defensively. We want to create a faster tempo. Tulsa could slow it down and make it a halfcourt game. We don’t want to do that.
“The challenges we’ve faced before were matchup problems. Tulsa plays totally different from the other teams we’ve played. They are more physical and defensive-minded. We have to play pressure defense and find opportunities to knock the ball away.”
“It was a strange game. Some of the numbers were very impressive. We shot 70 percent in the second half, we didn’t foul and we didn’t turn the ball over. The missing ingredient was our energy level and passion. I have the sense that the players feel they didn’t play at the same level they did in our earlier games.”
“It’s not a matter of us not working on it. We have to put more of an emphasis on it. I would like to see Ronnie Brewer and Jonathon Modica get more. It would be nice to see one of our big guys emerge in that area. It will take a team effort and I would like to see us adjust.”
“It’s apparent he hasn’t found his rhythm yet. He’s very competitive and he will rise.”
“He has really played above where I thought he would be. He has taken his game to another level. It’s early in the season and I hope it continues. I talked to him about maybe starting, and he said ‘Coach, I’m comfortable in this role.'”
“He watched practice on Sunday and he’s here today. He may do some non-contact work. We don’t really expect to see him until after exams. We expect him to be out for full practices after the Missouri game. He’s a guy that goes hard and can cover just about anybody. He will definitely make practice more intense and help in games. He wants to win. He loves basketball and will do whatever it takes to help.”
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