COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin met with reporters after Sunday afternoon’s 107-89 exhibition win over Newberry at Colonial Life Arena.
Here’s what Martin had to say:
- Opening: “Not bad for a first game out. We did absolutely no game prep, which is not trying to take anything away from Newberry … the only thing that concerned me, and it was more in the first half than the second half, then it concerned me again going towards the end of the game, some of their guys were playing harder than some of our guys. That’s not acceptable. It was the young guys. That’s the challenge. Young guys don’t understand how hard you have to play, every play.”
- Halftime adjustments: “Our offense, we had guys trying to dribble into double-teams and we turned it over. Then we were shooting 3’s on the first pass. That’s what they want you to do. You can’t shoot 3’s on the first pass. They come double the point guard hoping the guy on the wing shoots a 3. That’s what they want you to do and that’s one thing we did tell our guys, but one thing is talking about it … we got suckered into shooting 3’s and trying to make plays off the dribble when there were two guys on them, rather than passing the ball. That’s all we talked about at halftime.”
- The evolution of Sindarius Thornwell: “Sindarius is an unbelievable leader. Sin does more coaching on the court than I do right now, and that’s a credit to who he is. Him and Duane (Notice) have really, really grown as people and as players. They have full ownership of this basketball team right now, those two guys. They play with a sense of urgency every single play at practice. It translates to how they play in the game … (John Calipari) can say all he wants to about freshman and all that — God bless his soul, God bless his soul, ask him if he wouldn’t want to have three or four seniors every year that play. I bet you he says yes. It’s seniors. They’ve been through your system. They have a sense of urgency.”
- On Maik Kostar’s injury: “It was cramps. He’s never had to run so hard or so fast in his life. Because, remember, he’s used to chasing big guys around. He was chasing 5-foot-7 guys around. Because of who they play, he had to run. It was good for them. He and (Khadim Gueye) — I’m going to say something and I probably shouldn’t, but what the heck: Laimonas (Chatkevicius) would have had no chance at this game, because he couldn’t get out there and defend past 10 feet.”