ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Travis Ford era at Saint Louis University has begun. The men’s basketball team practices were underway last week, and it sounds like the former All-SEC player from the University of Kentucky hasn’t lost his shooting touch.
He joined KMOX’s Mike Claiborn for Sports on a Sunday:
“Claiborn: Are you the best three-point shooter on your team?
Ford: I think I’d still probably rank myself No. 1 on our team, unfortunately. But no, we’ve got some guys who can stroke it.”
The specific conversation takes place at the 4:55 mark, and you can listen to the entire interview here:
Ford, who was hired last March, played at Kentucky from 1991 to 1994 and was a career 44.5 percent three-point shooter. SLU’s best shooter this past season was junior Mike Crawford — 33.9 percent from behind the arch.
SLU offense ranked second to last in the A10 in 2015-16. Ford told Claiborn that is “something we have to get better at.”
The Billikens had back-to-back seasons of 11 wins the past two years, which is their worst stretch since 2004-05 when they won only nine games. But Ford says his goal is to develop an up-and-down, aggressive style of basketball.
“It’s 94 feet of pressure defense,” Ford says. “We want to make (opponents) uncomfortable. We want to get them out of their offense and it’s something we are working on everyday.”
The Billikens start the 2016-17 campaign on November 11, against Ball State.
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