COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin met with reporters after the Gamecocks cruised to a 98-69 win over Auburn.
With the win, South Carolina improved its overall record to 16-4 (6-1, SEC).
- Opening: “I was really concerned about today’s game, because it’s our ninth-straight day of going at it, and us kind of being somewhat young and dealing with some of the head colds and some of the inconsistencies with our health, and coming off a loss — that we have some guys that would kind of act like the moment is too difficult. Those three seniors and Chris Silva were unbelievable the last three days. They had good enthusiasm and got Maik Kotsar going.”
- 15 3-pointers: “We just tried to run our offense and attack them the ways we spoke about trying to attack them. We’ve got guys on our team that have made shots for us in the past and will continue to make open shots. … Our game plan is to always get to the foul-line, not shoot 3’s.”
- More on leadership: “They handled the moment better than they did last year (after the Kentucky loss). They understand. … Good teams don’t win if the coaches are trying to lead. Coaches teach them how to lead. … We’re not there yet, but we’re closer than we were three years ago.”
- On simulating their defense: “We play different, probably than anybody in the country. It’s a style. … If you’re not used to playing against it, it’s a problem. … We try to force people to not pass. I say this when I speak in coaching clinics all over the country. I’ve never heard a coach call timeout and tell his player to dribble more.”
- P.J. Dozier’s health: “He wanted to play. He’s good. There’s nothing structurally wrong, but he hasn’t … five days (since playing). He wanted to play, and he’s earned that opportunity, when he says he can go. … When he came out because of fouls, he kind of stiffened up.”