Ole Miss Takes Part In SEC Basketball Media Days

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy and seniors Dwayne Curtis and Brian Smith represented the Rebels at the annual SEC Media Days on Wednesday.

 

Joined by women’s coach Renee Ladner and sophomore Alleisha Easley, the Rebels conducted interviews with print, radio and TV media from around the Southeast and the nation.

 

Below is a partial transcript of the press conference:

 

Head Coach Andy Kennedy

 

“With a lot of players, it's typical to see the biggest improvements between the first and second years. We're expecting big things from some of the returning young guys on this team. We do have our security blanket in Brian Smith, the lone upper classman in our backcourt, who just continues to come up with big plays at key times. There's not a whole lot of games and joking with these guys. They're serious and ready to make that next step.”

 

On the stricter technical foul rule...

“I think, as a whole, all coaches have respect for officials, so I don't think it will be an issue at all. I think veteran officials will handle it however they think they should and will do a good job. As long as what we're saying isn't directed at one guy, it won't be as hot a topic as everyone thinks it's going to be.”

 

On sneaking up on the competition...

“I’m not sure you really sneak up on anyone once you get into league play because everyone is so good. There are no off nights in this league. It's a true testament to the depth and talent of the SEC when 1-12 are going to be difficult. You need to bring you're A-game each night. Hopefully when we get into that situation our team will handle it well.”

 

Center Dwayne Curtis

 

“This year has been intense as usual. (Coach Andy Kennedy) knows what it will take to push the freshmen so we can be successful.”

 

Guard Brian Smith

 

“The veteran players will help carry the load for newcomers. We are going to try to carry over from last year and bring that work ethic into his second year.”

 

“We are going to press a lot more and we have the talent to do that with our newcomers.”


 

 

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