Kennedy Weekly Press Conference
Texas A&M Men's Basketball
Weekly Press Conference
Jan. 21, 2013 ● Reed Arena
Texas A&M Men's Basketball Head Coach Billy Kennedy
"I felt like we played hard but we let one get away Saturday. To turn the ball over in the second half and not handle that pressure was a big factor in us not getting the win. It wasn't necessarily them getting a big shot at the last minute but not us not maintaining the lead and not having composure at the beginning of the second half."
On Ray Turner:
"He hasn't played well since league play started. We have to figure out a way to get him to play better, because we're limited with what we have. The guys that play significant minutes for us, especially as seniors, have got to be good for us to give us a chance to beat anybody in our league. I really thought the other guys had a pretty good effort against an Alabama team in a good environment. We have to figure out a way to get him to play better because we need him."
"They have one of the best post players in the league in Johnny O'Bryant. He's an All-American sophomore. We've got to have good post play, defensively and offensively. We only had five offensive rebounds against Alabama. We've got to get second-chance opportunities. It's going to be similar against LSU because their post guys are actually better than Alabama's. They gamble defensively and offensively. They shoot a lot of threes and play up-tempo. They have a lot of guards but they will press you some. You look at our team and you see a junior college point/combo guard, a freshman point guard and another freshman playing major minutes; teams are going to come after them. We knew this was going to happen and now we need to weather the storm and prove that we can be consistent in our play. I expect LSU to pressure those guys and especially get after J'Mychal because they know he's a freshman. He's got to get stronger and he will do some really good things."
On Alabama in the second half:
"They didn't change anything. They were a little more physical and more aggressive since they were behind and like good teams do, they came back. Trevor Releford took the game over. He didn't score in the first half but he scored 15 in the second half. He literally took the ball from us a couple of times. That can't happen, especially on the road. It got the crowd back into the game and built some consistency. I was proud of our team for taking the lead, coming back and not breaking again. In those situations it is easy to fold and get beat by 15-20 on an opponent's floor. I was impressed with our young guys finishing strong. They made a tough shot at the end of the game and I have to give them credit."
On Elston Turner:
"I think the difference between the Florida and Alabama games is that he got some good looks against Alabama and just didn't make them. He needs to make most of his shots but it comes with the territory of being a success of being the leader of our team. He's going to have a lot of weight on his shoulders. He does a good job of staying balanced and guards the other team's best offensive player. He does so much for us we just have to get more production from the guys. We missed a lot of open threes. The guys who get shots need to make shots every now and then. We need to make shots and that would help Elston a lot."
On second year of coaching team:
"I think we've gotten better with establishing a style of play and having more definition about how we want to play. We have some moments of great effort and enthusiasm but we're not where we need to be. Jared (Jahns) has done some tremendous things for us. When you have a situation where you have a walk-on that you didn't anticipate playing at the beginning of the year is now playing 20-30 minutes a game, that's a little bit different. You don't want your program to have to rely on situations like that. He's done a great job. We need to add some talent and some depth to our roster. I think that's the only way we are going to get better."