Nov. 5, 2007
South Carolina vs. Guilford November 5, 2007
South Carolina Coach Dave Odom quotes
"It was a typical first game I thought. I thought we did some really good things, and I thought we did some things that have got to be improved quickly. I thought we played in spurts, which did not surprise me. When you play [the style being implemented this season], the even flow won't be there."
"The guys who played the hardest played the best."
"Devan [Downey] gave the fans a taste of what we see everyday in practice. I thought he was outstanding. I look at Mike Holmes and he was a workhorse inside."
"It was a good night for us. I appreciate the crowd that came. I appreciate Guilford College sharing the night with us. It was a real thrill for me to have [Odom's alma mater] Guilford in, and a real thrill for me to see them play well."
"[Guilford C Ben Strong] is an excellent player. He has a great touch and a great feel for the game. He will be a handful in [the Old Dominion Athletic Conference]. He was a handful tonight and more."
Guilford Head Coach: Tom Palombo
"It was a great opportunity for us to play an SEC team. It was really tough for us to score points, but we still did a pretty good job."
"We are just taking each game one day at a time. They showed us some things that we can get better at, and I hope we did some things to help South Carolina as well."
South Carolina Player Quotes
"I don't mind coming off the bench. I was basically coming out there to add excitement to the team."
"We had a good mindset. Devan can penetrate the lane very well, and our chemistry is coming along well."
"Our freshmen played great. I had high expectations for them. Sam, Mike, Trevor, and Austin played very well."
"I was trying hard tonight. We're a young team. As an older, more experienced player, I needed to step up and score. That's what I did."
"I was excited. I was here two and a half hours before the game even started. I can't tell you how excited I was to finally be out there on the floor playing."
"We're small. We need to get up and pressure offenses. I told the guys at halftime that we needed to pick up the defense in the second half and get steals. Steals lead to easy baskets. After the quick steal and put back in the second half, it really got me going. It broke the ice for me."
"I didn't do as well as I wanted too. I did alright on the defensive end. I know what I need to do to progress as a player."
"I can't be jealous for the ball. You just have to take what the defense gives you. Don't force things and just hit the open man. That's what we need to do."