Fran McCaffery Press Conference Transcript
Nov. 26, 2011
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach?
Coach, how concerned are you with your defense right now? The last few games you've been struggling.
But if you mark a guy, he can't come in and get 25. You know? And I think that's the thing that's disappointing, because you can't cover a guy that talented who has got that much of a green light with one person. That's a collective recognition.
Where is he going? He's going left. I mean, you could watch one possession and know that he's going left. And he's got an uncanny ability of going left, everybody knows he's going left, he goes left anyway and he's still successful.
He's really quick, and he has a real good feel of how to get a shot off. So you've got to come up. You've got to go up on that left hand, and you've got to get over and you've got to make him work before he gets it.
There's so many things that have to go into it. But to their credit, they do a good job of spreading you out. And if you do overplays too much, you know, they find open people.
Smeathers hit a couple of shots at crucial minutes. Kibiloski they do a pretty good job of that and they've always done that.
What ultimately led to you pulling the trigger to start McCabe over Archie?
I thought of the people that would go in for him, you know, Zach earned it. He deserved to be the guy. I thought he played well.
You had a good game from Brommer today.
He's got a real good feel in there. His frame is such that he takes up space but he can anticipate and move. He's not just a wide body that doesn't think. He thinks to gain. He understands how to play. I thought he was great.
When the teams have shot pretty well against you these last three games, is it more than just the one guy; is it because you're keying on one guy so much you're leaving
We've really not done a great job on Gaines in the first half. He just didn't play nine minutes because he got two fouls. He had, what, 10 at halftime, 10 or 12. I thought we would do a better job on him. Because once he got going I think that's when it opened up things for everyone else.
And so that was disappointing. So in retrospect, knowing what I know now, I would have kept pressing them more, because it got them a little bit sideways. It got them standing around more. It got them going side to side.
They had fewer seconds to run their offense once they got it over the 10 second line.
Do you think May's pressing a little bit?
There's a point, they cut the lead to three, Coach, and there's a timeout. And looked like you set up a play for Oglesby. He hit the 3. Is that you saying to him: I have confidence in you making the shot? Or were there some options?
You made a decision in the first half to put Melsahn back in even though he had two fouls?
He was banging around, got a couple rebounds. Then I got him out, because I didn't want to risk, because he was playing so aggressively, which is what I needed him to do, but I didn't want him to get his third there.
Do you feel like you guys are having low confidence again after the two losses?
But I think the good thing is different players are stepping out. I thought Marble was great today. I thought Cartwright was great today. He hadn't been so good, admittedly.
I thought Brommer gave us quality minutes. I thought Gabe was solid. Basabe doesn't have a great game, other guys stepped up. Eric May had three good games, couple bad games. Okay. But he'll have good games again.
It's nice if you can just pencil in a couple of guys, you know exactly what they're going to do.
But right now that's not what's happening. So we've got to go to the bench and keep coaching them up and keep working and try to do a better job of locking into the game plan and get ready for teams that are really, really good that are coming in here.
How about Clemson on Tuesday?
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach.