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November 30, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas - November 30 - Monday's Press Conference

Quoting Coach James Dickey:

"We were disappointed in Saturday evening. I think we can pinpoints some areas that finally caught up with us and cost us on the road. Turnovers and offensive rebounding are the big keys, and also some problems at the free-throw line. We missed eight free throws in the first half, and it is very easy to look across the stat sheet and see that we turned the ball over 93 times, we've given up too many offensive rebounds, and we are not shooting very good free-throw percentage. Our shot selection is very good. For a young basketball team with six new players, the guys have really understood shot selection and we've got the right people shooting three-pointers. We were consistent across the front line on Saturday evening and any time you hold a team to 60 points, you oughta win the basketball game. We weren't quite as efficient on the offensive end, and that came from our inability to shoot free throws in the first half and also giving up too many offensive rebounds in the second half and being careless with the basketball. These are some areas we need to correct and we've got to get Rayford and Stanley playing on a consistent basis. That is one of the things I really felt good about this team is having a veteran backcourt and we are going to need two things from them, one is more consistent play, and two leadership, both on and off the court. We've got a tough week this week. We play two games in three days. Of course, SMU is going to be our priority. That will be a difficult game, they've got some good athletes and we'll need to be ready to play on Thursday. We've got to make sure we improve, work hard on our free throws, take better care of the basketball, box out and hope they all show up in our game Thursday night."


"I'm concerned that a lot of our inconsistencies is coming from Rayford and Stan at times. Stan had a terrific game on Saturday night. He had a double-double, rebounded the basketball well for us. It is hard to image Cliff going from getting 16 rebounds on Wednesday night to getting 6 on Saturday. We've got to develop a tougher mentality in terms of production and then we've got to produce more on a consistent basis."


"Well, they are athletic. They start two big freshman inside, but obviously their perimeter players are the key. Sasser is a very versatile player, Willie Davis is athletic. I don't know if Steve Woods is going to play or not, but we will prepare as if he is going to play. I think their strength is really on the perimeter, and certainly they play with a lot of confidence and emotion. They've got some guys who can put the ball in the basket. The thing we need to do is be consistent in all areas. I really have been pleased with our defense when you look at what our opponents are doing on first-chance possessions, and you look at the points we've allowed, especially once the regular season got started. I have been pleased with our defense but we are allowing too many extra chances. USL got 18 more shots than we did. It is really easy to analyze, if you get that many more attempts, you don't have to hit a really high percentage to have a chance to win the game and we ended up getting beat by four points. We even had chances down the stretch and didn't make some plays when we had the opportunity to do that with a one-point lead. There are certainly some areas we need to get better in and we just need to improve as we go along."




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