USU men's basketball head coach Tim Duryea addressed the media on Friday and answered questions about the upcoming home game against Indiana State on Saturday, Dec. 3. The complete transcript of the press conference can be found below.
On Indiana State
“Indiana State is a typical Missouri Valley basketball team. They are athletic, extremely good defensively and take a lot of pride in the defensive side of the ball. That is really the way that whole league is. It is a well-coached league that really values defense. Indiana State is right out of that same cloth.
“They are a hard team to guard. [Brenton Scott] is a very talented player and they play through him. He is a weapon from any area on the floor and a guy who is hard to guard. He stays in motion, comes off screens and they do a lot of things for him.
“They play at a variety of speeds. I’ve seen them play slow and be effective and I’ve seen them play up-tempo and be effective. They are a much better team than their record indicates. They played some really tough teams in their tournament in Florida and lost two buzzer-beaters, basically, to Stanford and Iowa State. They are a good team and it will be a good test for us.”
On Indiana State’s level of competition coming into the game
“They’ve played some good competition. They played Northern Illinois twice; lost in overtime, and then last night got a win there. They are coming in on an up-tick and I’ve enjoyed watching them play because they play hard, they play together and do a lot of things for [Brenton Scott] that makes him effective.”
On the balance for Indiana State after Scott
“They are that way by design. He (Brenton Scott) has three times as many shots as their next closest player and then after that they are really balanced. More than the balance is how well they know their roles. The point guard gets the ball to people, is a tremendous defender and shoots at a very good percentage because he stays within his role. Their four-men, (Niels Bunschoten and Matt Van Scyoc) are tremendous 3-point shooters, and that is their role and what they do. Then they have three guys that they shuffle into the five that can score on the block if you let them catch it in the right spot. Their roles are very well defined and they stay within them, they know who they are and play offense with a lot of purpose.”
On the matchup with Indiana State’s size
“Size wise, it is a pretty even match inside. They are not extremely big, but they have some muscle in the post and some wide bodies, but not extremely tall. At times, they’ll play their three little guards together and they are extremely quick defensively when they do that. They give you problems defensively, they get out in passing lanes, they get their hands on your ball and they steal your ball. Their defense creates turnovers and points for them. Aside from rebounding, obviously after the other night, the next biggest key is that we have to take care of the ball. We need to pass and catch effectively tomorrow night.”
On improving the team’s approach to rebounding
“We’ve watched film of every single possession of the BYU game. And both days in practice we’ve worked on blocking out with contact, getting back to defensive fundamentals to where we are responsible for our man first before we are responsible of the ball. We didn’t do that against BYU. We chased the ball too often and didn’t take responsibility or accountability for our man. We need to get back to doing that because earlier in the year we held our own on the boards and did a good job, but we need to get back to that.”
On being back at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
“It feels great to be back in the Spectrum. We hope we have a great turnout with the Black Out. Our guys are excited to play. They are anxious to redeem themselves and put on a good performance out here. The last time we played in this building, our guys played well and played with confidence. I’m expecting that same group of guys to show up tomorrow night.”
On the feelings following the BYU game
“I think our guys and our coaches were extremely frustrated. To hold BYU to the percentages and the score that we held them to, that very rarely happens. When you feel like you did an effective job guarding them and then didn’t close out possessions with rebounds and with toughness and doing the simple, fundamental things, that is really frustrating. We are still turning the ball over too much at the point guard position and we’ve talked about that a lot the last couple of days. We need to get that remedied, because we cannot have our point guards responsible for half of our team turnovers every night. They know that. We need to get back to making simple plays and if you make enough simple plays a lot of good things happen.”
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