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February 23, 2009
Florida State's Leonard Hamilton and Boston College's Al Skinner participated in their weekly ACC teleconference on Monday afternoon. The two head coaches talked about their team's upcoming match-up on Tuesday evening, All-ACC Player of the Year Candidate Toney Douglas, defending Tyrese Rice, and more.
Boston College head coach Al Skinner
"With our down time we have been able to try to get ourselves healthy which will hopefully be good for us this last week and a half. See what we can do with it."
Q: Can you talk a little about what this team has accomplished this season and what you are proud of that this team has done to this point?
Skinner: The fact of the matter is we were chosen for 11th in the league and obviously we have surpassed that. We have put ourselves in the mix and a part of the conversation as far as successful teams in this league. That is where you want to be. I am very pleased about that.
Q: Can you talk about Toney Douglas and what he has meant to Florida State?
Skinner: He has just really demonstrated that he is just an outstanding player. I am not real sure if there are many guards in the country that go both ways. He is really good defensively, he is able to score, and I think he gives a tremendous effort night in and night out. Clearly the reason that Florida State is having the success that they are having. I thought last year they had outstanding guard play but I think he has elevated his game past that since.
Q: Reggie Jackson had back-to-back really strong games. Can you talk about the week he had and whether or not it was a breakthrough or just a good stretch?
Skinner: Well we hope it is a breakthrough because he had been struggling there for a while. That happens to freshmen. I would like to think he is back on stride. Even though we didn't win at Miami I was impressed by some of the suggestions he had when he came back to the huddle. That is an indication of his alertness and him trying to improve himself. I think he is at a point now where hopefully he will be a little more consistent for us.
Q: Can you talk about defense in the league? There have been some remarkably good offensive performances in the league in recent weeks, is the defense in this league just good? Is it just that offenses are overpowering? What is it?
Skinner: I think the offense in this league is incredible. I think coaches are doing a great job. You have a lot of outstanding players and quality players across the line. You have good players in the backcourt, in the frontcourt, and any time that you get balance in your frontcourt and backcourt, then you are going to have the potential to score lots of points. I think the defenses have been pretty good, it is just that the offensive players have been just that much better. That is what has made the league so tough because there is not a team in this league that does not have the potential to go out and get 80 points a night. It is there and you are seeing it night in and night out. I think guys are working really hard defensively. I know we are. You see the efforts that are being made defensively and then you see the shots that are being made on the offensive end, I think it is a credit to the offense's to be able to play and score the ball as well as they have. But again when you have scoring in your backcourt and scoring in your frontcourt, you are going to have that. ? That is tough to stop. ... It is just very difficult to stop that. You have to work hard defensively because if you don't then it is just going to be that much worse.