Dec. 17, 2013
"I am never one to say a win is just a win. I am happy that we got a win, for sure. I am also not one to say that we did not play very well because McNeese is very capable. They beat us last year and they were really competitive with Texas A&M the other day. Desharick Guidry fouled out, fortunately for us because he is a load and we struggle to guard him. They are very athletic and sound defensively. I was pleased with the way we rebounded the ball and the way we defended overall. Offensively we continue to struggle. We will continue to search for answers. I thought we did some good things executing and then we made some ill-advised passes. We had 13 turnovers and six or seven were probably very much unforced. We missed some open threes that we have to make to be competitive in Conference USA and have a chance to win on the road at ULM. There is no excuse for the way we are shooting the ball at the foul line. We are getting a ton of reps. We just have to take the next step in terms of our focus more than anything."
On the team's free throw shooting in practice:
"Much better. We do drills where they have to make a certain percentage or they run. We may need to call timeouts and make them run line drills after missing free throws in games and maybe we will shoot it at a higher percentage. The other day we had an hour practice where we did not bounce the ball and we did not get in a stance and we did not rebound the ball for one hour. All we did was shoot the ball. That was in substitute of a day off. We are doing what we can. I know the grind of the season is probably a factor for us and everyone else, so tomorrow we will have the day off and then we have three days to prepare for a good team on the road. We will do what we can do. We have to practice defensively for UL-Monroe and prepare to figure out a way to guard them. We have to figure out ways to score against them. We will do what we can do in terms of getting as many reps from behind the arc and from the foul line. Then it is just a matter of having it carry over into the game."
On McNeese's Guidry fouling out:
"I think more than anything it just kind of happened. We have pretty aggressive drivers. I think he had a couple rebounding fouls fortunately for us. It just happened that way for him. [Kevin] Hardy was in foul trouble in the first half as well. Fortunately for us we stayed out of foul trouble for the most part tonight which is a change for us. Home and away we have been getting in early foul trouble throughout the roster. One of the factors may be that we played a few possessions of zone in the first half in hopes that that may curtail our fouling and hopefully it did. We will look at it on film and go from there."
On Raheem Appleby's first half:
"He was really good. Raheem was really efficient tonight. He took good shots and shot at a high level going 3-of-5 from three. He played a good floor game with only one turnover and defended well. When he is that good offensively, we are that much better. [Kenneth] Smith was terrific with his floor game, seven assists and two turnovers. I thought Michale Kyser played as well as he has played in any game here. You would like to see two or three other guys step up and have really good performances but fortunately for us tonight only two or three was good enough."
On Michale Kyser's production in the paint:
"We would be way better, way better on both sides because of the rebounding numbers he put up tonight, offensively and defensively. When he is playing with that energy level, he is really good. He had another 17 rebound game last year at Northwestern State. For a guy that is 195 pounds, he played with a lot of strength and toughness tonight. If he continues to do that, we will be that much of a better team."
On needing the production inside going forward:
"It is what we needed to get a win for sure. What we wanted is a high percentage from beyond the arc and from the foul line as well, so we will continue to strive towards it."