Ole Miss Basketball Press Conference
Feb. 17, 2003
Head Coach Rod Barnes
Hopefully, this break will allow us to get some rest and catch up on school. Playing four of the last five on the road is tiring and is tough on you mentally when you are losing. Again, that was why I was so proud of the effort the guys gave on Saturday.
We play Auburn here Saturday, and it's going to be a tough game. They are fighting for the Western Division title. Because we've been on a losing streak, I'm sure they are feeling this is the place where they can get a road win. We'll be prepared for the game, and having the mid-week off gives us more time to prepare.
Someone may ask, "Do you want this time off or would you rather be playing?" Personally, I think we need the time off to work on some things. Hopefully, we can turn things around, get on a winning streak and give ourselves a chance for the postseason.
(Have open weeks been good for the team?)
(What do you work on this week?)
It's only a week so it's not like you can go back to preseason drills. You have to pick out some areas and work on those that will help you in the next game. As for the coaches, we are trying to break down Auburn and find out what they are doing and how we can attack them.
(Do you just look at the next game or look down the road?)
(How much time will the players have off?)
I'm not looking at the recent tough times in the terms of just one season, but as an entire program. We're going some tough times, but the most important thing is the program. We don't want to lose kids academically trying to only win basketball games. Playing four of five games on the road at this time of the year usually doesn't happen, but it has and we've got to make sure we have things in order from a program standpoint.
Our kids need time the study time. When you've lost as many games as we have, you do need time away from the game. We'll work out again on Tuesday, but it won't be a full-scale practice.
(What do you do about the shot clock violations?)
I'm not as opposed as some are that when the shot clock runs out, it's a bad thing - especially when you're on the road. If you take a bad shot against Mississippi State, then it's two points on their end because they are a great transition team. There are some things we have to straighten out in those situations. Someone has to recognize the shot clock is going down, and we need to get into something or try to make a play. We missed that three or four times Saturday.
(Did the players feel a little better after Saturday knowing they gave their all?)
To me, life isn't all about winning and losing. It's also not about being successful as far as what you gained. It's all about how you going about doing it. We walked away Saturday feeling we gave our very best to win the game. But, I told them that we're not a program that is going to get caught up in moral victories.
(Do you anticipate keeping Emmanuel Wade in the starting lineup and Trey Pearson coming off the bench?)
It also gives us another look. It gives us veteran guards in the backcourt down the stretch, I felt like it is the best thing for us. There was nothing that stood out on tape that made me make the change. I thought it was best for our team at this point. Emmanuel has made some big baskets and is playing well for us. The way opponents have been playing us on the offensive end I thought we needed more scoring at the start of the game.
(How did Trey Pearson take this?)
(How did Trey do coming off the bench?)
(Talk about Saturday's game with Auburn)
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