Kemba's key and the Rick Jackson workout
This season, Insider will feature the writing of six current NCAA basketball players, contributing their thoughts on issues facing their conferences. In this installment, Syracuse's Scoop Jardine explains why teammate Rick Jackson has gotten so much better, and the secret to Kemba Walker's success.
We've gotten some good wins but our best win so far was against William & Mary. It was the best win for us because we could've easily lost that game. It was a game that brought us together and showed that we can play with our backs up against the ropes. It taught us how to win down the stretch. They put four shooters out there on the perimeter and everybody was making 3s against our zone. We were losing by five with like two minutes to play and we made three defensive stops, got layups and got back in the game. We held them the last three or four minutes to no buckets, nothing. Our defense really came alive. The key to it was us saying that we weren't losing to them. We all had to make a play or two to get back in the game. It brought us together. And it also let us know that we can't play around with teams. As much as we're a decent team, we also can be beaten. We knew that right away and it made us grow up. It got us ready for teams like Georgia Tech and Michigan State. Coach let us know afterwards that we can be beaten if we don't play the right way. It woke us up. We have to be ready to take care of business, be ready to win.
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