Highlights from Andy Kennedy’s time on the SEC teleconference …
Here’s what Kennedy had to say on Murphy Holloway, who has had seven offensive rebounds over the last two games after getting just two in the three prior games combined.
“I think he’s just getting back to being Murph. Prior to his double-double against South Carolina, he had not had one in over a month. You look at his struggles and our struggles, and I think the two are closely associated.
“He’s our all-time leading rebounder, he’s always had a nose for the ball. We need his energy on the defensive glass as well as the offensive glass. Where he gets a lot of his points are on put-backs and hustle plays.”
And a little bit on Texas A&M’s big guard, Elston Turner, who scored 37 in the Aggies’ two-point win over Ole Miss in College Station.
“We need to guard Elston Turner a lot better. We allowed him to get in an unbelievable rhythm. I knew he’s coming off another 30-point game, and Tennessee does a great job of defending. We need to make sure we get him out of spots he likes to score from. We have to do a better job on the backboards. They dominated us for a segment in the second half which ended up being the time the game got away from us.
“Elston is a tremendous player, and Billy (Kennedy) does a great job of getting him the ball in areas where he can be very efficient. He has size, the ability to shoot it from 3, and he’s good with a 1-2 dribble pull-up and being able to shoot from mid-range. That’s kind of a lost art in this day of college basketball, but he’s got kind of an old-school game with his ability to score in the mid-range.”