South Carolina-Southern California Coaches, Athletes Speak|
Nov. 16, 2007
Columbia, SC - With the South Carolina-Southern California basketball game set to tip on Saturday night in the Colonial Center at 7:30 pm, both head coaches and select players met with the media Friday afternoon in Columbia. Good seats remain for the game.
"This is the first time this year we've met a team that is as talented and as big as we are. We will see where we stand."
"Saturday night is the next big test for this team, but also for our fans. We hope they get there early, generate enthusiasm early and stay late. We hope they cheer every minute."
"We are different this year - we have so many new players. We run, run, run. We want the fans to be there, be loud and be supportive. It's very important for them to be there for us."
"On Saturday night, Gamecock fans need to be in the Colonial Center and then we'll see what happens."
"We are relying on sophomores and freshmen, a lot like South Carolina, but South Carolina has more Division 1 experience with Devan Downey and his time in Cincinnati. OJ (Mayo) has said he's a good player, and after watching film on him, I'd have to agree."
"Dave Odom is a good friend of mine. They have a talented team. With Renaldo Balkman last year, I think they go to the NCAA Tournament. We're a team that's healing now. Daniel Hackett practiced for the first time Monday. Taj (Gibson) missed practices too. Other than all that (referring to practices missed by so many players), we're doing well. "
"I felt that in building teams, you have to learn to win at home. We didn't do that with Mercer. Second, you need to learn to win on the road. That's why we schedule The Citadel first, and then South Carolina. Then, you have to win in the non-conference. After that, we have the tough Pac-10. This was needed for such a young team."
(On who is the real USC)
(On O.J. Mayo)
(On Devan Downey)
"I approach the game like a business. More important than me is helping the team to win games."