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Oklahoma State basketball: Oregon coach Dana Altman impressed by Marcus Smart

By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: March 21, 2013

/articleid/3768246/1/pictures/1987714">Photo - Oregon head coach Dana Altman yells during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Oklahoma State in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) ORG XMIT: SJA123
Oregon head coach Dana Altman yells during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Oklahoma State in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) ORG XMIT: SJA123

A lot of people would have expected Marcus Smart to have an edge on your guards because of his size. What did you guys do to counteract that and how important was that today?

I thought it was really important. Our quickness was important. I told (Dominic Artis and Johnathan Loyd), there's no doubt he's more physical, much more powerful than you guys are, but I really believed they were quicker. And we had to get him away from the basket and try to use that quickness. And I thought DA and Johnny did a good job of that. ... (Smart)'s a phenomenal player, and watching films, just the way he takes over games and the way he gets his team to play and the way he makes plays for his teammates, there's no doubt in my mind, if I was an NBA guy, I'd want him on my team. He's going to get better and better, and with that body he is going to be a handful. There's no doubt about it.


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