Feb. 22, 2008
Columbia, SC - South head coach Dave Odom met with the media Friday and previewed the Mississippi State game (Sat., Feb. 23 at 4 pm on Raycom). This weekend will be the 100 years of Basketball Celebration for the Gamecock basketball program - around 1000 tickets remain.
Odom previewed the game prior to taking questions:
"A bigger challenge is Mississippi State. I want the weekend to go well, I know there has been a lot of planning that has gone into the reunion. The culminating star would be a win over Mississippi State. They are a good basketball team, a veteran team - the best team from the SEC Western Division. Jamont Gordon is a Player of the Year candidate. Figuring out how to handle Jamont Gordon and Charles Rhodes will be a problem. Jamont is involved in about 60% of their points. He handles it, he creates it. He is just so strong. So mobile and fast. It's hard to get enough people in the league that can do that and handle him."
"Hopefully we can cause some problems for them as well. We played the Florida game for the most part well offensively, but the defensive transition was not good early. When you play a team like Florida on the road, you can't take bad shots. We did catch up, but then had three more minutes of shoddy play and we were down 12 points at the half. We played well offensively and defensively in the second half. We just ran out of time. I would like to have another minute because I thought we had Florida on their heals."
"This is a very big game for us. I don't expect any line-up changes. Mike Holmes has caught everyone's eye, but let's not rush to crown him anytime soon. Let's let him play another few games. But at the same time we have to give him a lot of credit for being a stand-up guy at Florida and against Alabama."
Do you limit Mike Holmes shooting from the outside?
What is going on with Zam Fredrick right now? He hasn't been playing well.
Do you let Zam play through this?
How busy will you be with the reunion this weekend?
Tom Owens said that last night he found the University trying to retire his jersey now after 37 years insulting (on WIS-TV).
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