USU men's basketball head coach Tim Duryea addressed the media on Friday and answered questions about the upcoming Mountain West contest at Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 18. The complete transcript of the press conference can be found below.
“Nevada is a very talented, athletic group. They are the leading scoring team in the league because they can hurt you in every way possible. They are very good 3-point shooters. They can score on the post and are very good in transition, so that is a good combination. They have one of the better shot makers in the league in Marcus Marshall. He makes tough shots. He and (D.J.) Fenner are dual-threats on the wings and they can score from either side. They can score inside as well with (Cameron) Oliver and (Jordan) Caroline.”
On what USU did well the first time the teams played
“We did a good job on Marcus Marshall. Sam locked on to him and you are not going to stop him from getting looks, but Sam did a good job of making those looks tough. We were fortunate to get him to miss a few times and that was the key to the game.”
On the play of Marcus Marshall since the Utah State game
“Teams are just guarding him extremely tough. He isn’t getting the quality of looks that he got the first few conference games because nobody was familiar with him. After they got a feel for him they understood how good of a player he was. That is where Fenner has picked up the slack and is scoring at a high percentage.”
On what Utah State is doing well
“Offensively we are sputtering right now, that is what is not working well. We are having good stretches defensively and when we don’t turn the ball our over half-court defense is pretty solid. We can play a variety of defenses and have done a good job in those. Where our defense is struggling is when we have turned the ball over and give up easy baskets.”
On if he got what he wanted out of Quinn Taylor appearing in the starting lineup against San Diego State
“We tried to match Quinn up with (Zylan) Cheatham. When (Valentine) Izundu didn’t play we had to come with Norby and take our chances. Quinn did a good job defensively and had some chances offensively to contribute as well. Defensively he did a very good job to begin the game.”
On if that lineup change will continue
“That will be a game-to-game situation based on the matchup we have in front of us.”
On Utah State competing in Reno
“We’ve gone there and played extremely well, even when we’ve lost. We’ve been right there and have had a lead in large chunks of the game and seem to play pretty well there on both sides of the ball. It is a new team and a new group that haven’t been to Reno before, but hopefully we can do that again. It has been one of those places, the opposite of San Diego State, whenever we go to Reno we seem to play really well.”
On the surge in attendance at Nevada games this year
“It is a tougher place to play. It was a tough place to play when Mark (Fox) was coaching there. What makes it the toughest to play is the talent they throw at you. The home atmosphere is going to be a lot tougher than it has been the last few years.”
On the progression of Shane Rector
“I was encouraged by his practice leading up to the San Diego State game. I thought he was tentative in that game. We’ve had a few more days and his feet are back under him and hopefully he will be a little more assertive than he was the other night.”
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