COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin met with reporters after his team’s 70-63 loss to No. 21 Tennessee.
Here’s what the Gamecocks coach had to say, after the Gamecocks dropped to 12-7 (3-4 SEC).
“Unfortunately, we let a great opportunity slip right through our hands. We were playing with fire with our low shooting percentage, but what got us over the hump was the free throws, and today we missed the free throws.”
Tennessee clogging the paint
“Tennessee doesn’t let you pass the ball, so that’s why we were trying to spread them out and drive them. We didn’t get much off our guards. Wes [Myers] made some 3s and some layups, but outside of him — Hassani [Gravett] has a clean look at a layup, to put us up 2 and he shoots an air ball. He just finger-rolled an air ball. … The game came down to, they guarded better than we did. We couldn’t keep Lamonte Turner in front of us. The ball-screen coverage was atrocious.”
On Hassani Gravett
“He’s trying to figure out — I need him to be more consistent with his decision-making. He’s trying to figure out how to trust himself again. That’s hard to do when you’re playing at Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. It’s hard to regain confidence against those three opponents in a row. We need him to play well. We need him to figure out a way to have a peace of mind, so he can make better decisions.”
On Chris Silva
“Chris, we got freshman year Chris at practice [Friday]. We got freshman year Chris in the game [Saturday] — completely disconnected in everything we were doing. It’s a shame, because he’s worked real hard. He’s been doing good for us this year and he was not very good defensively and he was worse offensively, and it’s a shame, because he’s a great kid and he’s worked real hard. He battled. He had a hard matchup with Grant Williams.”