Akok Akok – UConn Men’s Basketball vs. Iona preview

Akok Akok – UConn Men’s Basketball vs. Iona preview


Speaker 1: Has coach been emphasizing rebounding
any more? Obviously it wasn’t [crosstalk 00:00:05]. Speaker 2: Akok Akok. Speaker 1: The main rebounder, you want that
to pick up the next few weeks? Akok Akok: Yeah, big time you’ve been locking
on defense, we’ve got to rebound more as a team. We just got to work on it. Speaker 1: What’s been the key to the defense
lately? Obviously you guys have played pretty well, held teams to a decent percentage over
the last couple, three games. Akok Akok: Transition defense, big. Our ball
screen defense is big. Just those two, yeah. Speaker 4: You guys feel like you’re playing
more consistently now? Coming off the Charleston tournament and then winning the other day,
you feel like you guys have some consistency in your game. Akok Akok: Yeah, we’re more consistent now
as a team. I think we’re building a lot of momentum right now. And going into these couple
games, we didn’t have that same approach we had in [inaudible 00:00:56]. But we’re going
to keep building off that. Speaker 4: Okay. I know the three pointer
is part of your game, you feel confident that that part of it’s going to come around as
the season goes along? Akok Akok: Of course. As games go on, I feel
like I’m going to keep shooting it more, and well. Speaker 4: Is that the key? Just not to let
a miss affect you, to affect your confidence to keep shooting. Akok Akok: I don’t let none of my shots affect
the way I’m playing. I’m going to make shots. It’s going to come to me. Speaker 5: Do you sense when you block a shot,
that the building gets up on its feet? It seems like you really create a lot of energy
when you do that. Akok Akok: Some parts of the game. When is
down the stretch, its tied up, if I get a block, yeah I think I feel the crowd. Some
blocks I don’t feel the crowd but, it’ll come. Crowd will get into it, every game. Speaker 5: What goes into blocking your shot
off the weak side? You’re pretty good at that right now. Do you sense it, do you time it,
what’s part of that? Akok Akok: It’s just, the big thing is instinct.
Just got to protect the rim at all costs. That’s how I’ve been taught in this game,
from great coaches who put that into my game. Speaker 5: What do you know about Iona? Akok Akok: They’re a scrappy team, they play
down to the wire. You know it’s going to be a dog fight tomorrow, so we just got to come
in with the right mindset. Speaker 5: After what St Joe’s did here a
few weeks ago, you guys aren’t going to overlook any opponents, I’m assuming. Akok Akok: Never, we treat every opponent
like they’re the same. They play like it’s their Superbowl. We got to treat every game
like we have respect for our opponents, so going in and playing hard for tomorrow. Pull
it out.

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