FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas plays host to Radford Saturday at 3:06 p.m. in a game televised by FSN. The Razorbacks are 2-2 while Radford, coming off Tuesday’s win over East Tennessee State, is 3-1. Following is a partial transcript of head coach Stan Heath’s press conference.
“Radford is 3-1. They’ve had some good wins against Bowling Green and East Tennessee. Their team plays very fast. They shoot the ball quickly and have good ball skills. They do not have tremendous size and we’ll have to take advantage of that.
“The guys came back and were open-eared today in practice. I think we’ll play well on Saturday.
“Our legs were a little wobbly, but between stretching, fluids and rest, we should be okay. They always say playing 24 to 48 hours after a trip like that is dangerous. We went about an hour and 15 minutes today and worked on some key things we might see.
“We didn’t get a lot into the things we need to attack from the tournament. Really good teams don’t overlook anybody. If we’ve matured like I think, we should be ready.”
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“We’re not satisfied with a 1-2 record, but we felt except for the first five or six minutes of the Connecticut game and the last five or six of the Maryland game, we played pretty good. We have to rebound and play better defense. We will clean up those things and get better.
“Arkansas, Arizona, Michigan State and Maryland all won one Division I game. That puts it in perspective. I think we held our own.”
“It’s my decision (whether or not he plays Saturday). He’s not 100 percent. There are two sides – he can play through it and we can try to get him ready or we can rest him. We’ll watch him Saturday to see how he moves around.”
“He was a little dead-legged today. His sleep pattern isn’t back on track. Hopefully he will get a good night’s rest.
“I expect by Monday we will be fully ready to go both mentally and physically. Our interior defense and rebounding are the main things we will focus on.”