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March 2, 2011

Quick Hoops Press Conference Recap

Darrin Horn met with the media on Wednesday to preview Thursday's game hosting Tennessee. The details:

* As the team heads into its final two regular-season games, Horn knows there's no time like now to re-gain some confidence before the SEC tournament, especially with Thursday's game being the home finale and Senior Night. More than that, he wants to see a full game of competition and fight, which the Gamecocks have had in spots lately, but not for a full game.

Horn pointed out when the team has come to battle for 40 minutes, it has often won. When the team has gotten into a hole at the beginning, it's gotten into a mode of "Here we go again" that is hard to get out of.

* Senior Night, honoring Sam Muldrow and Johndre Jefferson, should be special. Muldrow obviously leaves USC as a record-holder in career blocked shots and someone who played his best season in his last season. Jefferson, Horn said, will always have a certain spot in his program because he was the first in-state player to actually arrive at USC, although Eric Smith was the first in-state player to commit to Horn.

* Although the numbers have dwindled, Horn appreciates the support The Garnet Army has shown him in three years. It's a big reason why he requested a small patch of the section's camouflage pattern to be added to his team's game sneakers.

* Tennessee, Thursday's opponent, and Mississippi State, Saturday's opponent, are the only two SEC teams Horn hasn't beaten while at USC.

* Tennessee center Brian Williams is questionable for the game with a bad back. He missed practice again on Wednesday and coach Bruce Pearl said it's a definite concern, because Williams' back is very tight and the player can hardly walk without wincing. Horn said that with the Volunteers' depth -- he credits them as the most talented team in the league, 1-10 -- even without Williams, UT is still dangerous.

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