COLUMBIA, S.C. — On Monday morning, South Carolina basketball head coach Frank Martin reflected on the Tennessee loss, looked ahead to Florida, updated Kory Holden and shared a few thoughts about Clemson.
Below are a few of the highlights from Martin’s half-hour interview session with the media.
Coming off the Tennessee loss
“Still disappointed that we kind of let one get away on Saturday. That emotion hasn’t left me, but at the same time, very encouraged by the progress our team’s made. … We’ve made tremendous strides as a team in the last – we’re making them in December and the injury bug hit us. We’ve made tremendous strides over the last two weeks. We just need to keep worrying about that, stay the course and get to the finish line, then let everything fall where it may.”
Separating the results
“I hope the lessons that the season has taught us to this point will help us. The same way we separated the emotion of beating Georgia then not allow it to interfere with preparing to beat Kentucky, I hope that we can disengage from the disappointing loss to Tennessee, so it doesn’t impact our game at Florida, or our preparation leading into the game.”
Florida is consistent
“They’re consistent with this: If you turn the ball over or take bad shots, you can’t rebound it and it allows them to get out and run on you, and then they’ve got multiple shooters with a four-year point guard. You let them get in the open court, then it’s hard to contain them, because they’ve got so many guys who can make open shots. You have to score on the interior.”
On Kory Holden
“I got an update [Sunday]. [Sunday] was a day off, but they come in – they all do extra stuff with the trainer. … And he did some stuff with our trainer yesterday, starting to feel good, really is. I still don’t think you’ll see him on the court in the next week [or] 10 days. That’s just a guess. I’ll put it to you this way, I’ll be surprised if he’s on the court in the next week or 10 days.”
On Donte Grantham and Clemson
On Monday morning, Martin reached out to Clemson wing Donte Grantham, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear on Saturday against Notre Dame.
Martin told reporters that the injury “broke my heart,” when he heard about it. The Gamecocks’ head coach also called Tigers head coach Brad Brownell on Monday morning.
“I’ve seen [Grantham] since high school and Brad’s a friend,” Martin said. “Brad said, ‘Wow, man, you guys are playing a lot better.’ ”