Ryan Boatright: "It's no secret. We're gonna have to win the (AAC) tournament"
Here's some more of what Boatright and Kevin Ollie had to say heading into Thursday night's clash with Memphis at FedExForum.
(on the ups and downs of this team)
“It’s irritating, it’s frustrating. But it’s my job, as the captain of this team, to stay with it and stay positive.”
“I’m always confident going into a game. It’s gonna be a tough game. You can’t look past anybody. They haven’t had a great season as well. They’re hungry to get a win, just like us. We’re on the road, where we have trouble. It’s gonna be a tough game. We’ve got to go in there and have the right mindset.”
(on whether the team prepares any differently knowing Austin Nichols, Memphis's best player who's missed the last two games, may not play)
"We're gonna stay pat with what we do. We're prepared for him to play. It doesn't change anything."
“They’ve got two bigs that are playing well, when Nichols is out there. They get in transition -- that’s a big key. Makes or misses, they’re out, kinda like Tulsa. We struggled with that against SMU, so hopefully we can do a better job.”
(on whether Kedren Johnson has solidified the point guard position, which Memphis struggled at earlier this season)
"Yeah. Johnson and (D'Kar) Cunningham. Cunningham is a blur when he gets in the game. He’s adding a new dimension to their team, pushing it up."
“(Johnson) had a phenomonal season at Vanderbilt, probably was gettiing acclimated to what Josh wants, definitely getting in better shape, pushing the ball, shooting it better. They pose a challenge. But it definitely starts from the inside out with them.”
Ollie said Sam Cassell, Jr. will have an MRI on the hairline fracture in his leg next week. The swelling and inflammation are down, but the MRI will determine whether he plays again this season.
(on walk-on Dan Guest of West Hartford)
“He’s been playing very, very well in practice, putting pressure on our defense, breaking guards down, getting in the thick of the defense. If it comes down to it, we might throw him in there for a couple of minutes to make plays for us. You never know.”