Feb. 5, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
Comments On The Upcoming Week ...
"This is a tough stretch for us with four of the next five on the road and five games in 12 days. I don't remember a scenario like this ever. It's not very often you end up with that many road games."
On Playing At Fresno State...
"We've had our problems at Fresno. We actually played very well there in our first year in the WAC and lost in double-overtime. And last year they bombed us pretty good there and we couldn't get them slowed down. And that's a concern there, because they are so good on the break."
On Road Games In The WAC...
"We always talk about our home court and a lot of these places you go, traditionally, have had a similar home court as we've had and Fresno is one of those type places. You're bucking the odds when you go to several of these places trying to get wins. But we've got to find some if we're going to be a legitimate contender in the league. We've got to find a way to win some games and win some tough games on the road. I think a lot of it boils down to if you can defend and rebound when you're on the road. And that's been the biggest question mark for our team, consistently, is the defensive end and the rebounding end. And traditionally you don't shoot the ball as well on the road either, so those factors even become bigger. Can you go out and defend and can you give yourself a chance with your defense and your toughness and your rebounding. So that's what we're trying to emphasis to our guys is it's going to take a really good effort in those two phases of the game."
"I think our guys are anxious to show they can play better on the road than we did at New Mexico State, certainly, and we played parts of the game really well at Louisiana Tech, but had turnover troubles."
On Fresno State...
"They've kind of had our number. Fresno has given us fits with their quickness and athleticism and obviously Steve (Cleveland) is a veteran coach and does a good job, and trying to keep those guys in front of us is a huge challenge."
On Pooh Williams' Improvement...
"He could be a really good defender if he gets his mind set to where he wants to do that. Pooh is a really nice kid and has never had to practice as hard as we want him to practice and he's trying to adjust to all that. You've got to remember he's a sit-out guy, didn't play last year, and I told him many times last year it's going to be a whole different deal next year. He's started to practice better and that's why he's playing. His practice habits have really improved and he can give us something if he will go out there and try to defend. He's a skilled basketball player. He can shoot the ball, he can pass the ball and he understands what you are trying to do, it's just a matter of consistent work habits and not giving into fatigue."
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