Mississippi State’s Rick Ray joined the rest of the league’s coaches on the SEC men’s basketball teleconference on Monday to discuss the Bulldogs recent performances and preview its match-ups this week.
Here is a transcript of Ray’s time on the call…
Ray: “We’re coming off a disappointing week losing a homestand to Ole Miss and Arkansas. I think we continue to shoot ourselves in the foot. We have too many turnovers to be a quality SEC basketball team. I appreciate the way our guys are fighting but they’ve got to take better care of the basketball.”
What impresses you the most about Kentucky?
Ray: “To be honest, I haven’t looked at one bit of Kentucky. I’ve just been focused in on our team just because I don’t feel like we’ve got a chance to beat anybody until we clear up some things here as far as our inability to take care of the basketball.
“From what I’ve seen watching them on TV occasionally and from their stats, they’re an elite defensive team. I think they’re so hard to score against because they have length at every position and do a great job of protecting the rim.
“They also have the ability to switch a lot of ball screen action and down screen action. They’re big and can guard on the perimeter and their guys are big enough to guard in the post. They just pose a problem because it’s really hard to put them in a bind defensively of their interchangeable parts.”