Published on March 6th, 2015 | by Carver Rayburn0
Being Andy Kennedy
187 – All time Winningest Coach in Ole Miss history
20 Win Seasons – Seven, also the most in Ole Miss history
1986 – Parade All-American, as well as the Mississippi Player of the Year at Louisville High School.
After a loss to Charleston Southern: “Obviously, we’re all very disappointed. It’s the first game of a long season.”
After a loss to TCU: “We had no rhythm, and we’re searching for options offensively. Defensively, we were really locked in early. It’s hard to maintain a certain intensity on the defensive side when you’re so inefficient offensively. It spreads throughout. It’s not one or two guys; it’s throughout our team. It’s disheartening.”
After beating South Carolina and losing to Kentucky in OT: “The standard has been changed. Through 13 games, we’ve seen some high points and low points. Then we went into Rupp Arena, in that environment.
The only thing that bothered me afterwards was a lot of people saying that Kentucky didn’t play well. Kentucky played well. We took their best shot. My hope was that our guys saw that this is the new standard, and this is what we are capable of doing if we take the right approach. If we take the right approach, this team has a chance.”
After beating Florida at Home: “It’s good for our confidence. We’re not as confident of a group as I would have hoped despite some of our early wins that show we are a good basketball team.
You have to be able to stack wins at this time of the year. It was obviously a vital game for us.”
After the Mississippi State win at home: “We got an angle, shot faked and leaned in to get a guy off balance. We continue to make free throws at a very efficient rate. I want to give Mississippi State a lot of credit. They played exceptionally hard. Very seldom do you win basketball games in the SEC when you get outrebounded.”
After the Florida win on the Road on Stefan Moody’s three pointer: “It felt good. I obviously didn’t really feel it until it went in.’’
After the Tennessee win: “Finally, we got a kind bounce.”
After the Alabama win: “I thought Alabama’s zone in the first half had us really perimeter oriented and had us very stagnant. We were settling for way too many contested jump shots. We tried to challenge at the half to put some pressure on the paint and see if we could get dribble penetration through not only their man, but their zone.”
This article was originally printed in The Local Voice #224 (published March 5, 2015.)
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