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Feb. 11, 2006

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USC Head Coach Dave Odom Quotes

“We played well for the most part, I was not pleased with the way we started defensively.”

“The key point in the game was around six or seven minutes remaining in the first half, when we put a small lineup in the game.”

“In the second half, I was pleased with the way we came out offensively.”

“I am relieved to get this one out of the way, they have two really outstanding players in Rhodes and Gordon.”

“Tre’ had a wonderful game. He is getting to the point of being comfortable with me, and I am certainly comfortable with him.”

“We have a lot on our plate to get ready for Alabama Tuesday Night.”

Senior Guard Tarence Kinsey

“It feels good (to win by 22 points). The team had a lot of confidence. We worked down to the end, and the margin helped us out because we could relax more and conserve energy for the next game.”

“It’s a two game winning streak so the momentum is growing. We feel good. We know every game we need to bring our `A’ game. We can’t bring our `A-‘. We can’t afford to lose any more games.”

Junior Forward Brandon Wallace

“We didn’t have control of the game early, but we were able to close it out. We did a good job closing out their 3-point shooters. It was a big win for us.”

“Right now we’re taking it one game at a time. We still have a chance to make it (NCAA Tournament), but we’re just going to take it one game at a time.”

Junior Guard Tre’ Kelley

“That was real big from Florida to tonight. We just had to focus. We have to take it game by game.”

Regarding When He Scores 17+ Points:

“There’s been a change. I looked at it and the assists weren’t there (in the past). I had seven assists at Florida and seven tonight. That’s the difference – not looking to score when I’m scoring like that, but to look to my teammates also.”

Mississippi State Head Coach Rick Stansbury

“First of all, give South Carolina credit. They are a good team. They won a big game at Florida and when they shoot the ball well, they can beat anyone.”

“When he (Tre’ Kelley) shoots, they are difficult to beat.”

“When they went on the 18-2 run to finish the first half, that was the game.”

“They made three’s and forced us to speed up offensively. Kelley made some 25 footer’s that were key and winning on the road is difficult. The run showed their maturity and our immaturity.”

“USC played small because we play small. Their small lineup with Balkman at the 5 makes them tough to guard. When they shoot, they win. Look at their wins against Florida and Vanderbilt.”

“Coach Odom has had a rough schedule. Five of the last seven games are at home and I think he can keep winning.”