Derek Kellogg's Weekly A-10 Teleconference
Jan. 18, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - On Monday, UMass head coach Derek Kellogg participated in the weekly Atlantic 10 men's basketball teleconference. The Minutemen's head man talked about the two tough road losses last week, previewed the St. Bonaventure game on Wednesday at home, and the emergence of one of his freshmen as a top scoring threat.
Below is Coach Kellogg's complete transcript.
On the games at Richmond and Temple:
We played at Temple on Saturday, a legitimate top 25 team that really has a good idea of how it wants to play. They do a very good job of playing together as a team and not hurting themselves. They have very good players and Coach does a fantastic job with those guys. They shot the ball as good as I have seen them shoot it in a couple years. They didn't miss many free throws and had a good indication of what they wanted to do. They jumped out to a pretty good lead in the first half. Our guys competed and fought back and made a game of it a few times, but their experience and senior guards really took over, especially Brooks who ended up with 29. They shot 56 percent from three and got to the free throw line a bunch and made just about made every one of their free throws. They played like an NCAA Tournament team. They played like one of, if not the best team in our league. We are trying to continue to improve and get better and hopefully at some point soon get to that level.
On Freddie Riley's 20-point performance against Richmond:
On what positives he took away from the road trip:
Normally you could say since we played La Salle, Richmond, and Temple all in a three-game stretch, especially the last two on the road, you would say two NCAA Tournament teams on the road that you played very well against. On a normal year in a normal league, I would say I feel really good, but with how well everyone else is playing, it's not like you have any breaks. My goal with this team is continue to get them better. Teams at times when you lose two or three in a row can get fragile, especially with young teams. My job is to make sure they are in the right frame of mind and keep them positive and rolling in the right direction. Like I said, I feel pretty good about our team. We are really starting to establish how I want to play. I think we have a bunch of kids that are working hard and are going to continue to get better. I don't the sky is the limit, but we have room to grow and get better. I think that will equate to some victories, hopefully in the near future.
On if, as a young team, they are staying positive:
On what he expects from St. Bonaventure on Wednesday:
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