Jan. 11, 2008
Columbia, SC - South Carolina hosts No. 8 Tennessee on Sat., Jan. 12 at 8 pm in the Colonial Center. Good seats remain. Coach Odom and selected players met with the media on Friday to talk about the game.
Coach Odom's opening statement
"I liked Dane Bradshaw last year. I really like Tyler Smith this year. They really stretch you defensively. They really have put together a team that can play inside and outside. They let the defense set the pace in the backcourt and their offense set the tone in the frontcourt.
"The game begins for us when we get possession of the ball. We have given our team a plan. We wanted to attack Vanderbilt when we had numbers. When we do not, we let Devan and Zam set the half-court offense. When we have numbers, we should attack. Defensively we have to get back and stop three point shots, alley-oops, dunks. Once the game settles and hopefully that's at the half court, we have to get everyone back and get everyone ready. They run with great speed and play off the dribble well. I think our team is getting better and the attitude is excellent. I love big games and this is a really big game for both teams."
Odom: If he runs off 30 on you, you are gonna have a hard time winning and he has that ability. He is averaging 15 a game and that's ok because they have spread their scoring out across 7-8 guys. Dwyane Day will start on Lofton. Devan will take the point guard (Jamar Smith). I worry about Devan getting in foul trouble because Jamar almost ramrods you.
Q: Are there certain teams that match up better for your team? You seem to match-up well against Tennessee.
Odom: I think basketball is a match up sport. It's not like baseball, but those kind of things can be offset a little bit. Football is what it is as well. Basketball is such a free-flow sport. My message to my team at 2:30 pm (team meeting on Friday) will be the focus - our first focus has to be settle the game. We couldn't let Vanderbilt run up and down free and easy. We had to have some say so in how the game is played and it's the same tomorrow night. We can't play at the pace Tennessee wants to play; we have to have some say-so in what goes on."
South Carolina Players Quotes
"Losing to UNC-Asheville was a wake-up call for us and we wanted to step up our game."
"My knee felt pretty good after the game. I stayed in practice the whole time and didn't miss a possession. I even did extra sprints after."
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