SEC Basketball Media Day: Ole Miss
Led by a senior-laden lineup, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy believes he has enough quality depth this season to challenge in the SEC and make a push for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his tenure.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy:
On Frank Martin stating you have the best team at Ole Miss you’ve ever had:
“The pieces are in place for us to have a good team, when you return four starters and you have the most experienced frontline in the SEC it’s not a bad place to start. Some things have to come together for us, but it’s the deepest team that I’ve had and I’m anxious to start the journey with them.”
On the senior’s having a sense of urgency after close calls with the NCAA tournament in past years:
“For us it’s about consistency, and that’s what I’m trying to preach to our guys. When you get into January and February and you have a bad weekend, then you can be on the outside looking in. If you have a bad week, then you’re out. I think this team based on the fact that we have more quality as it relates to depth, hopefully we can overcome the injury or sickness that will occur over a six‐month season. The fact that we have seniors that have produced and been there done that so to say, I think we are in much better shape this year.”
Thoughts on the frontcourt with Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner returning:
“It needs to be our strength, when you talk about the most experienced frontline in the SEC returning as it relates to minutes played and production that’s where you start. We need those guys to produce like all league caliber players; they’ve been on the cusp. If they can have that breakthrough year, I think our team can take the next step.”
On scoring output from Reginald Buckner, and keeping him on the floor longer during games:
“A lot his minutes issues is foul trouble. I think he’s capable; my challenge to him is to be a double‐double guy. Buckner is the leading returning shot blocker in the SEC; he’s a senior leader. If he doesn’t go out and lead our league in blocked shots, in my opinion he hasn’t done what he’s capable of doing. Couple that with now he can score a few more points in the post, make his free throws, and average three blocks a game. I think if he does that, our team will have a little more wiggle room than we’ve been accustomed to.”
Courtesy of SEC Digital Network
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