SEC Teleconference | Ole Miss Sports

A few comments here from Arkansas coach Mike Anderson and Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy in advance of tomorrow night’s game against Ole Miss in Fayetteville …

Mike Anderson

Your thoughts on the Rebels’ 71-63 win over Arkansas in Oxford? “I felt like we were two or three possessions away from stealing one on the road. This is a big ballgame for us. Hopefully we can get some momentum as we go down the last week of conference play. We’ve done well defending home court with the exception of the last two games.”

Do you think Ole Miss (23 turnovers last game) will do a better job of handling the pressure defense? “Obviously theyv’e gotten better. Jarvis Summers does a good job, and Jelan Kendrick is playing well for them as well as Nick Williams. In that game they took advantage of their size, length and athletic ability. We tried to speed them up, and they tried to neutralize us in attacking the glass. That’s the strength of their team. No question about it, we want to turn the tempo up. The second time around you’re a lot more familiar with the teams you’re going to play.”

On LSU game: “It was one of the better games they’ve played from a defesnive standpoint and scoring as well.”

Andy Kennedy

Handling Arkansas’ press: “We weren’t handling anybody’s pressure well at that time. I think we’ve made some adjustments to that, different guys who are more comfortable in their responsibilities. As a result we haven’t turned it over as much of late. It will be a difficult challenge in Bud Walton. Arkansas, like most teams, does a very good job at home. Typically teams that press are more efficient in their home venue, and we anticipate that. We’re going to have to be good. We’ll have to be aggressive and attack the pressure, not only attack it to break it, but attack it to score. Ultimately, consistency is what separates teams this time of year.”

On the recent play of Nick Williams: “We’ve encouraged Nick to stay aggressive, and he’s been much more aggressive as we close down the stretch. He brings energy, a great attitude, and we know he’s going to be dialed in mentally each and every game. For a guy who is dependant upon making jump shots, sometimes they go, sometimes they don’t. We need his production from the wing, and when he’s scoring in the 13, 14, 15-point range, it gives us enough firepower to have a chance.”

On Reggie Buckner’s knee: “He’s been OK. A lot of talk had been made on the Thursday-Saturday swing, but the Saturday-Tuesday swing eliminates a day as well. He responded Sunday, practiced with the team. We anticipate him practicing today, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go Tuesday night.”