Excerpts From Henry Bibby Media Luncheon

Nov. 20, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Excerpts from USC Coach Henry Bibby's Media Luncheon on Nov. 20, 2000

(re: USC's opener vs. Bradley): 'I didn't think we played hard and I didn't think we played as well as we were last year at this time. I talked to our coaches about what we need to do. We can't always blame the kids. We saw some good things, but they weren't consistent.

'I've never seen a team (Bradley) make so many shots. But they were open shots and you're supposed to knock those down. They shot well without people on them. They're not a bad team. They shoot well, penetrate, play hard. We didn't have the fire in our eyes.

'We didn't play like a Top 25 team. We've got to step it up and stop reading our press clippings and get down to the nitty gritty. We can't take any more days off. You have to want to beat Bradley as badly as Utah or Arizona or Kentucky. It's not just another game.'

(re: USC's defense): 'I don't think it's come yet. I don't think they love to play defense. There's nothing written about defense in the papers. Only how many points you score. We don't have anyone who wants to be a defensive player.'

(re: Jeff Trepagnier's injury that will likely keep him out until the Utah game in the Wooden Classic on Dec. 2): 'If we had to play him, we probably could. The whole thing is we want to get him healthy. My thinking is you could go through the non-conference season without him, but he may be ready to go against Utah. But what is important is for him to be sound for the Pac-10.'

(re: Sam Clancy's first game and his ability to hit the outside shot): 'We insist on that (taking open shots). We try to give guys leeway. But Sam is very good from 15 to 18 feet. That's what makes us a team to be reckoned with, I think. Because we can go outside or inside with those guys. We can post up Jeff or David Bluthenthal and have the big guys outside and put pressure on people to make decisions on how to guard us.'

(re: David Bluthenthal): 'He's just a mentally tough kid. He's not a dirty player, but he plays hard-nosed. He makes shots and he's a rebounding fool. When he gets around the ball, he gets it. He has a nose for the ball. I thought he turned the game around for us. He came in and rebounded the ball and made some shots. And that was really the first time he's gone up and down the floor in that kind of situation for us this year.'

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