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March 6, 2005

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Post Game Coaches Quotes
South Carolina vs. Ole Miss
March 6, 2005
Colonial Center, Columbia, SC

Dave Odom, South Carolina: “It was a great comeback win for u. We didn’t have a good rhythm early on and they did. Sometimes, that happens on Senior Day. I’ve been around more than 40 Senior Days and sometimes your team can have a difficult time with things. Certainly I was pleased with the play of Carlos Powell. Not only did he score 30 points, but most of his points came when the game was in the balance. Give him credit for his performance today. Tre’ Kelley played well. He’s had a tough stretch over the past couple of games. It was also a big day for Tarence Kinsey and Brandon Wallace. Now, we turn around on 1 p.m. Thursday and play Ole Miss again. I believe this will the 3rd time we’ve played them in the tournament since I’ve been here. The game today will have no bearing on what happens on Thursday. It will be two different games.”

Rod Barnes, Ole Miss : “I want to give South Carolina and Coach Odom credit. Toward the end of the game, they did a really good job. I was pleased with our team’s effort. I wish we weren’t playing (USC) again Thursday. I think both teams will put it on the line again, and it will be another hard-fought game.”

“I want to compliment Carlos Powell. I’ve always admired his play. Whether they are good, bad or okay, he plays the way you are supposed to play with energy and emotion. He’s been a model citizen on the basketball court. I’ll miss him, but I’ll be glad he’s gone. We tried everything we could to stop him. He did it right, going out with a career high.”

“We’ll go back to the drawing board. Looking at the stat sheet, you can tell we’ll certainly focus on doing a better job of slowing Carlos Powell down on Thursday. I think it will be a good game. One of us has got to figure out a way to get into a different spot (each year in the SEC Tournament). (South Carolina) is one of my favorite coaching staffs. Every year it seems like we’re fighting it out to advance in the SEC.”