Down by just two points at halftime last night to LSU, South Carolina proceeded to lose the contest by 18, 64-46. Watching his team lose its fifth straight game, coach Frank Martin wasn’t too happy about it and made his feelings known.
“If you take (point guard) Bruce Ellington off our team, you’d probably have the 12 leading candidates for the starring roles in ‘The Return of the Living Dead,’ the zombie movie. If you took Bruce off our team, our guys would probably win an Academy (Award) for their performance in that movie.
“I’ve been doing this for 28 years, nine of which as a junior varsity high school coach. That means I’ve dealt with 14-year-olds. I’ve never been more embarrassed to call myself a basketball coach than I am today.”
He wasn’t finished.
“We lead the country in air-ball layups. If guys can’t make layups, it’s hard to win. You’ve got to invest yourself to be good. In life, you get what you deserve. If you don’t put in the time, that ball ain’t going to go in the basket. We’ve got guys that don’t comprehend that. They put in the time when I make them put in the time. They don’t put in the time for the love of the game. Until that doesn’t change, it ain’t going to get any better.”
South Carolina is now 12-12 on the season, 2-9 in SEC play.
“If this was the NBA, we’d fine them, we’d take their money, we’d release them and say, ‘Good luck with ever finding another job.’ I shouldn’t coach basketball ever again if this is how my team plays.”
The Gamecocks need to go 4-3 over their next seven games in order to avoid a fourth straight losing regular season.
LSU 64 – South Carolina 46. Video Highlights
1. 30 points and 10 rebounds for Johnny O’Bryant. Two-point game at half turns into second-half blowout.
2. Tigers now 5-6 in SEC play after starting 0-4. Coach Johnny Jones: “I thought we came out really focused and really determined in the second half.”