“It was a good start the first eight or nine minutes of the game. I thought we were really active and not just with Kenny’s three-point shots going in. I thought we were really active defensively and keeping them off the boards. Then after that we sort of meandered around the rest of the game. I’m really happy for Kenny. He’s worked extremely hard. I did recruit him because of his shot and he didn’t show that last season but he’s worked extremely hard. He was the defensive player of the game against Indiana. If he can do both we have the chance to have a big time player. It was an unusual game. It’s an unusual one when Joel Berry only plays thirteen minutes. He’s got a sprained left ankle and that’s all they’re calling it, but we will take X-rays to make sure. I was told to keep him back in the locker room.
“You look down you’ve still got four guys in double figures. We outrebounded them badly, but they were a team that came in getting 38 percent of their misses. Eight offensive rebounds, so that part’s good. We shot a good percentage, and they didn’t. I’m not trying to cut anybody down, we were more gifted. I did like some of the things we did early in the game. Other than that, we need to have a couple great practices because now it starts to really be basketball. I’m not saying it wasn’t against Indiana, for sure it will be against Davidson. Look at our schedule, we have Davidson, Tennessee, Monmouth, Northern Iowa, Kentucky. I guess that’s all the non conference games. I have no idea if that’s in order. All of those teams are very good basketball teams. We hope that Joel will be able to practice between now and Wednesday. We’ll have to wait and see what they say tomorrow. I’m encouraged with it right now.”
Where did Kenny have to make the most growth in order to produce the way he did today?
“I think just getting confidence in himself, because last year I had a great deal of confidence in him. I think you’ll know this, but in the ACC tournament against Pittsburgh was his first (three pointer) and you would have thought it was a shot to win the national championship the way our bench acted that night. It was just a confidence thing with him. He’s put in a lot of time, and I said last year when he wasn’t putting the ball in the basketball that he was going to be a good defensive player. I’m not sure he’s not our best perimeter defender right now. It’s fun to watch it go in the basket and for him to have those feelings, too.”
You’ve gone back and forth with Kenny and Nate (Britt) starting. Earlier in the season you said it was based on performance. Is it still that way?
“No I said it was based on nothing. You can’t tell me I said it was based on performance because it’s who I feel good about at that time…. It’s four for Nate and five for Kenny, well Nate’s going to probably tie him up next game. It really is based on nothing, and if you want to get deeper than you guys should get: if Theo (Pinson) hadn’t gotten hurt, who would have been the starter there? So why am I going to anoint one guy and then upset him by changing the lineup. I may start Tony (Bradley) at the two-guard. Right now Theo had earned it by the time he had gotten injured, so if those guys play and then when Theo comes back if they beat him out that would be good. I’m not going to start a manager at the two spot, but anybody else is an option.”
How much has your practice schedule been affected as far as traveling?
“That’s been hard. Because of all the traveling in New Orleans and Hawaii in a 13-game period, with seven games… Practice time, we got back from the Indiana game and I got home at 3 o’clock in the morning. I think we gave them Thursday off, everybody had to be in class that morning and everybody made it to class. Then Friday we tried to do some things, then yesterday you think a little bit about helping your team get better but you also have to think about your next opponent. For us, Monday and Tuesday we’ll have two good days of practice and hopefully get ready for Wednesday night.”