Random acts of coaching:
Tom Pecora: “I know we’re going to be good enough, its a matter of how quickly.”
Against Drexel: “Agudio could’ve scored in double figures but he passed up good shots to get his teammates great shots.”
Pecora noted that Dane Johnson was 290 but is down to 265. “He lost some stamina initially but is playing now with greater energy.”
Anthony Grant: “If you want to talk about winning a championship, you have to win on the road.”
On leading the nation in three-point FG defense: “We guard the perimeter better becacuse our interior defense is much better.”
On the South Carolina job: “The only job I’m interested in is VCU.” When Grant was pushed about coaching in SEC: “I’m trying to figure out how to stop Antoine Agudio and Dane Johnson right now.” (Cue crickets…)
Benny Moss: “Our team grew up a little bit last week.”
Dean Keener noted that an MRI came back on the JYDs knee and there was no damage. The injury was classified as a sprain. “He showed us a level of toughness,” said Keener regarding James’s ability to play 33 minutes against Mason. There’s your understatement of the week.
Dean Keener, on success this year: “It’s a lot of hard work and better players.”
Keener said there’s “no update on Kyle Swanston.” It’s week by week and Swanston has shown improvement. He is “full weight bearing (no crutches)” and that is a pleasant surprise. Swanston won’t be available tomorrow (Delaware). Doctors evaluate Swanston every Monday.
Gee, thanks for the insight Coach Larranaga: “Dre Smith caught fire and never missed. I’ve seen guys catch fire but 10-for-10 is ridiculous.”
Larranaga praised John Vaughan’s defense the past three games.