Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Robert Morris SG Karvel Anderson about having a “perfect game”.
Your non-conference road schedule includes trips to Kentucky, Oklahoma State, and Alabama, which of these three games do you feel will present your biggest test? No question: Kentucky. They will be ready for us. Every game is a test, but with what the Kentucky game did for our school last year, that game is going to get a lot of attention.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? Our expectations are to play in the NCAA tournament: that is why I came here. First we have to win the NEC regular-season championship, and then the NEC tournament championship. It will not be easy but as long as we keep working hard I think good things are going to happen for us.
You play for Coach Andy Toole, what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing that you ever learned from him? He treats you like family, which was 1 of the things that attracted me to Robert Morris. When I came here on my recruiting visit everyone acted like family: that meant a lot to me, and still does.
Last December you had a “perfect game” with 28 points (8-8 from behind the arc and 2-2 from inside the arc) in 27 minutes in an eight point win over Ohio. Was it just one of those scenarios where every shot you put up seemed to go in because you were “in the zone”? You could say that. It definitely helped that I was able to knock down my 1st couple of shots. Once you do that your teammates keep finding you because they trust that you are going to hit those shots. My teammates did a great job of doing that and I was able to come up big for our team.
You were fourth in the conference with 82 three pointers made and shot 43.9% from long range. What is the key to making shots from behind the arc? Getting into a rhythm is important, as is keeping the ball moving on offense. We use a motion offense to find open shots, so if it is not me then someone else will be open. I was able to get into a rhythm a lot last year and hopefully that continues this season.
In the 2013 NEC tourney you scored six points in a nine point loss to Mt. St. Mary’s. What is the biggest difference between the regular season and the postseason? There is no room for error and the attention to detail has to be perfect in the postseason. We broke down defensively against the Mount and let that affect us on the offensive end. Everything we do begins with defense: if we do not play good defense then we will not be successful.
In the 2013 NIT you scored two points in a two point win over defending national champion Kentucky in front of the largest crowd in school history. What was the reaction like on campus after the big win? It was huge: that game put us in the spotlight, which is what we were working for all year. Obviously we wanted to play in the NCAA tournament, so not making it was a huge disappointment, but we got a second chance and took advantage of it with Kentucky coming to play us at our gym. It meant a lot to everyone here at the university.
You led your team in scoring last year despite starting only 10 games, how were you able to be so effective while coming off of the bench? I knew that my role was going to be providing offense off the bench, so it really was not hard to get used to. Coach Toole tells us that the guys coming off the bench are supposed to play with the same urgency as the starters so that is what I did. I realized I had to continue what the starters began.