Kelvin Sampson and players Emanuel Sharp and Ja’Vier Francis met with the media following UH’s 83-44 win over McNeese State.
Kelvin talked a lot about ball movement, a constant source of frustration with this coaching staff. In the last few games since Alabama, the ball (and body) movement has been considerably better and that aided in the win at Virginia.
In the last two games, Virginia and McNeese State, Houston has 40 assists on 57 buckets (70.2%), while against Saint Mary’s and Alabama, the Coogs dished 17 assists on 46 made shots (37%).
Kelvin told the local AP reporter that he continues to give his players the freedom to take shots so long as they are good shots. He focused on 10-12 from the Alabama game that were “great shots” but did not go in.
He was also asked about load management at this time of the season, the natural break between non-conference and conference games.
He did not go into it here, but he’s given the team an extended Christmas vacation, lasting almost four full days. Players were dismissed after the game and are not expected to report back until 7 p.m. Christmas night.