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Gentlemen, welcome. welcome.
Q. Sam, could you talk about your season and what it’s like
coming across country? SAM CASSELL: It was a good
season, up and down season but we stuck together throughout the
season ,
but we stuck together throughout the season. We won
our conference, that was our main goal during the season.
. That was our main goal during
the season. This big guy right here led us
the whole season right here. We was his supporting cast. We
are just This
big guy right here led us the whole season right here. We was
his supporting cast. We are just happy to be here. Q. Guys, this is something
you’ve been waiting for a long time. Some of you have been
here. To be in this situation where you’re playing a
tournament game but potentially your last game tell me about the
baffle your emotions and how you’re feeling in that regard. in that regard.
JON SEVERE: emotions and how you’re feeling
in that regard. JON SEVERE:
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in that regard. JON SEVERE: I don’t know.
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in that regard. JON SEVERE: I don’t know.
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feeling in that regard. JON SEVERE: I don’t know.
JORDAN WASHINGTON: It’s a good emotions and how you’re feeling
in that regard. JON SEVERE: I don’t know.
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f emotions and how you’re feeling
in that regard. JON SEVERE: I don’t know.
JORDAN WASHINGTON: It’s a good experience to come to Sacramento
and isand
how you’re feeling in that regard.
JON SEVERE: I don’t know. JORDAN WASHINGTON: It’s a good
experience to come to Sacramento and and how you’re feeling in that
regard. JON SEVERE: I don’t know.
JORDAN WASHINGTON: It’s a good experience to come to Sacramento
and knowing that we won the M JORDAN WASHINGTON: It’s a good
experience to come to Sacramento and knowing that we won the MAC
Championships and we are going to play a team that likes to get
into transition the same way we do. do.
Q. Q. Sam and Jordan can you talk
about your trip? Have any of you been out this
, can you talk about your trip?
Have any of you been out this far and what do you think of
Sacramento? JORDAN WASHINGTON: That trip is
very long! I was tired of being on that plane but I had my
own row and a little bit of leg room. I’ve never
, but I had my own row and a
little bit of leg room. I’ve never been out here before but
it’s nice. SAM CASSELL: It’s good to get
out of the snow. It’s good to see some palm trees and sunshine
. but it’s nice.
SAM CASSELL: It’s good to get out of the snow. It’s good to
see some palm trees and sunshine. sunshine.
Q. Q. Sam, did you ever think it
would be like this, you transferring from UConn coming
to Iona and sitting where you are? Did it every go through
your mind when you wanted to leave go through your mind when you
wanted to leave the Huskies to come here and boom you’re on the
big stage? SAM CASSELL: That’s the reason
I came to Iona. It’s a winning school, a winning background and
when I talked to these guys .
And when I talked to these guys that’s all they talked about
was getting back to the NCAA Tournament. Me coming here, I
just had to help to get ’em back here and we’re here.
Q. Jordan your initial reaction watching
, your initial reaction watching
Oregon, you mentioned them in transition. They lost one of
their big guys and they have only had one game without him
but what not do you think about the Ducks?
JORDAN WASHINGTON: Man, we’re going to ran fast and say play
hard. They like to run fast ,
but what not do you think about the Ducks?
JORDAN WASHINGTON: Man, we’re going to ran fast and say play
hard. They like to run fast like we do so so we’re going
to play hard and do
you think about the Ducks? JORDAN WASHINGTON: Man, we’re
going to ran fast and say play hard. They like to run fast
like we do so we’re going to play hard and try to top that
intensity. Q.
Q. Sam and Jon you guys like fast and say play hard. They
like to run fast like we do so we’re going to play hard and try
to top that intensity. Q. Sam and Jon you guys
like u fast and say play hard. They
like to run fast like we do so we’re going to play hard and try
to top that intensity. Q. Sam and Jon you guys like
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fast and say play hard. They like to run fast like we do so
we’re going to play hard and try to top that intensity.
Q. Sam and Jon you guys like to shoot the 3 a lot and get
play hard. They like to run fast
like we do so we’re going to play hard and try to top that
intensity. Q. Sam and Jon you guys like to
shoot the 3 a lot and get up and down. The Iona teams in the
past haven’t ,
so we’re going to play hard and try to top that intensity.
Q. Sam and Jon you guys like to shoot the 3 a lot and get up and
down. The Iona teams in the past haven’t gotten hot on the
stage. Do you feel it’s your due to be like that and do you
feel like ,
you guys like to shoot the 3 a lot and get up and down. The
Iona teams in the past haven’t gotten hot on the stage. Do you
feel it’s your due to be like that and do you feel like you
can go out and play like you have every other game?
SAM CASSELL: Yes, I think so. It’s Coach Cluess game plan, if
they double on the th
it’s your due to be like that and do you feel like you can go
out and play like you have every other game?
SAM CASSELL: Yes, I think so. It’s Coach Cluess game plan, if
they double on the big
i it’s your due to be like that
and do you feel like you can go out and play like you have every
other game? SAM CASSELL: Yes, I think so.
It’s Coach Cluess game plan, if they double on the
big n it’s your due to be like that
and do you feel like you can go out and play like you have every
other game? SAM CASSELL: Yes, I think so.
It’s Coach Cluess game plan, if they double on the big
k it’s your due to be like that
and do you feel like you can go out and play like you have every
other game? SAM CASSELL: Yes, I think so.
It’s Coach Cluess game plan, if they double on the big fellow
he’s going to kick it out and we have
you feel like you can go out and
play like you have every other game?
SAM CASSELL: Yes, I think so. It’s Coach Cluess game plan, if
they double on the big fellow he’s going to kick it out and we
have to make the shots. That’s the main thing we have to make
the shots tomorrow. JON SEVERE: Just like Sam said
we play together, we can get this win tomorrow.
Q. Q.
Q. Taylor, are you feeling pressure? Are you enjoying all
of this? I think once the game starts you will get comfortable,
do you guys rest well? TAYLOR BESSICK: We’re excited
to be here so everybody is focused on the game plan,
focused on practice. The intensity level has picked up in
practice. We want to be here and we want to show we belong
here so everybody has more focus and they’re ready to go. go. go.
Q. Q.
Q. Jordan what’s it like to match-up against Dillon Brooks
tomorrow? JORDAN WASHINGTON: Well, he’s a
very tough player so we’re going to try to match-up with
him — we’re going to try to do a lot with him, because he’s a
very tough player. player.
Q. What are your first impressions of the arena? It’s
a brand new arena where the Kings play and pretty snazzy?
JORDAN WASHINGTON: We haven’t gone to the arena yet, we’re
going to go after this so we haven’t seen the arena yet.
Q. What do you think it will be like?
JORDAN WASHINGTON: I think it’s going to be very beautiful to
play on this court. Q.
Q. Taylor, you are also a transfer, you came a little
earlier. What were your thoughts coming in here and once
again being on this big stage? here, because I came here as a
freshman with JMU and then I came to Iona last year so feel
good that we came to back-to- back Championships and going to
March Madness so I’m excited to be here.
Q. Does it register in your mind that you have been here with
two different schools? That has to be unique in and of itself?
TAYLOR BESSICK: I’m grateful to be able to come here with both
schools. It’s a lot of hard work and I just got lucky and
thanks to Coach Cluess I was lucky to be here.
Q. Sam when is the last time you played your dad one-on-one?
SAM CASSELL: Last summer, I got him, beat him bad, too slow,
too slow. Q. Does he want a rematch?
SAM CASSELL: He’s a competitive guy, he always want a rematch
but I don’t want to play him again, I’m good. I’m up.
Q. Sam, you probably know he probably told you but he had one
of his best playoff series against the Sacramento Kings in
the playoffs in 2004, did you ever see that on old footage?
SAM CASSELL: The crazy thing about it before we came out here
I put him in You Tube and that series popped up, when he had 40
first game. I try to study his tapes to take his moves so I’ve
seen it a couple of times. times.
Q. Sam, in regards to Oregon, they come in obviously as a
favorite. Do you think you can take advantage of this in some
ways that there is more pressure on them if you keep it close
early on they could get tight? SAM CASSELL: Yes, we are the
underdogs, it’s it’s just up to us to go out there and
play Iona basketball and I think if we do that, I think we will
be fine. fine. Q. You guys are a really strong
three-point shooting team. Do you feel more pressure to make
anymore threes tomorrow than usual?
SAM CASSELL: I don’t find there is any pressure, as long as we
go out there and play our games and take good shots and open
shots, I think we will be fine. Any other questions?
Gentlemen, thank you. FastScripts by ASAP
Sports. the Gaels, now in his seventh
year, Tim Cluess. Tim could you give us an overview on your
season and what it took to get here?
REPLACENAME: We had an up and down season early o we had great
tournament out in Alaska, webing that tournament there, I
think we finished 12-4 in our last 16 games. Our players have
worked hard fours and gone through a lot of adversity this
year and come together as a group and I’m really proud of
them and we’re really, really thrilled to be here. here.
Q. Coach, you’re a New York guy, east coast guy, have you been
out to scabbing contra meant toe? How was the flight?
TIM CLUESS: I’ve never been to Sacramento, been out to
California a few times so far, great trip, everybody is
beautiful, looking forward to tomorrow.
Q. Uneventful trip? TIM CLUESS: Uneventful
Uneventful. Q.
Q. Q. Coach, what have you seen of
Oregon so far and the strength of the conference, the Pac-12?
TIM CLUESS: The Pac-12 is tremendous this year, Oregon is
one heck of a team. They’re talented from top to bottom,
they run and gun, they can really shoot. I love the way
they share the basketball. They don’t turn it over. They
play with a tremendous amount of injuring. Their transition
offense is really, really good. They have a number of guys,
obviously Dillon Brooks being the main player but they can all
play and they can all score and they play with a lot of passion
and energy and it’s going to be a challenging game without
we’re really looking forward to it it.
Q. Coach, I know some of your guys were here, last year they
were here but for you, is there anything you know going into the
tournament that you didn’t know in, say, 2012?
TIM CLUESS: I would like to say , yes, but I guess just the
experience. I’ve been to it as a player so I understand what
that piece is about, I was was ‰ relating to our players
and trying to manage their time and their energy and their
attitude going into the tournament and trying to manage
that and give them a better chance to be successful.
Q. What is the attitude that you’re trying to manage or how
do you have them going into it? tremendous amount of energy as
you get close to this game and you don’t want them to use it
all up before the game. They were very excited in our workout
that we had earlier today so not overdoing it on the practice
court, showing them a lot of video, talking about it, letting
them enjoy the moment, maybeing sure they’re getting properly
rest, proper food it’s hard for young men of that age who have
all that energy to get their sleep Soto make sure near
getting to bed and not up running around and all the
things you can ‰ do to manage it and talk about their strength
and staying focused on the defect at hand and when we get
to the game time making it about one play at a time and one
possession at a time and don’t make it about a bigger picture
than that. Q.
Q. How do you plan on win this gone game in a newest coast
environment that’s pretty close to Oregon?
TIM CLUESS: Obviously it’s an advantage for them and they
deserve t they’ve had a tremendous year but when you go
on the basketball court it’s may the best man win. We don’t
We just have to be better tomorrow.
Q. You’ve been here three of the last five years. Obviously
this is not just a basketball team this is a basketball
program. Could you talk about this campus, this university and
the dedication and commitment to the program?
TIM CLUESS: I think our school has been terrific right from the
administration to the President on down with support, our
alumni have been great. When I got there they wanted to
continue the tradition of Iona College and have a strong
basketball program there as part of that tradition. I’ve had
all the support I could have for there and I’ve been fortunate
enough because of my assistant coaches that work so hard to
bring in quality student-athletes who work
really, really hard for us. I’m really proud of them, a lot of
these guys have have ‰ been wanting to prove something so
we take that mentality that we have a lot to prove to people
every time we step on the court and I love the guys who embrace
that and they work hard and deserve everything they’ve
gotten and couldn’t be prouder of them. he said he was looking forward
to this because there are guys that he’s not to youring over,
he’s bullying in the guys who embrace that and they
work hard and deserve everything they’ve gotten and couldn’t be
prouder of them. Q. I was talking to Jordan and
he said he was looking forward to this because there are guys
that he’s not to youring over, he’s bullying in the paint and t
he guys who embrace that and they work hard and deserve
everything they’ve gotten and couldn’t be prouder of them.
Q. I was talking to Jordan and he said he was looking forward
to this because there are guys that he’s not to youring over,
he’s bullying in the paint and he could get “refed” properly.
Do you think he could play a little more free?
TIM CLUESS: Wouldn’t that be great? I hope because of the
physicality that these refer res and these teams are used to
that that’s allowed a little more in this game. He’s a
powerful guy and sometimes a bump by him can be overaxe
guerre rated by the opponent and it’s hard to refer rethat. I’m
looking forward to him being on the floor for 30 minutes or so .
THE MODERATOR: Any further questions? Okay, Tim, thank you
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Sports. PlayerNameH: Is Hassan Martin.
PlayerNameK: Is Kuran Iverson. JON SEVERE: Is Jared Terrell Jared Terrell. (Stand by for WebScripts) (Stand by for WebScripts) mad mad mad March Madness gentlemen from Rhode Island. MODERATOR: We have the
gentlemen from Rhode Island. Our student-athletes are Hassan
Martin, E.C. Matthews, Jared Terrell and Kuran Iverson. E.C., talk
about your season and the trip out here all the way from Kingst
on, Rhode Island. E.C. MATTHEWS: We are glad to
be here, the season had its ups and downs and we had our glory
moments and moments we wasn’t .
The season had its ups and downs and we had our glory
moments and moments we wasn’t too proud of. All of those
moments brought us here and we were blessed to play in the A-10
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to be here. Q.
Q. Q. Looking back at the run in
Pittsburgh, what worked for you guys specifically at the
offensive end? JARED TERRELL: Just
specifically moving the ball around, passing it very well. I
think our defense started the offense and in most cases
getting stops and rebounds and being able to run in transition
and being able to make shots. HASSAN MARTIN: Like Jared said
our defense sparked our offense. Guys
, our defense sparked our offense.
Guys were tenacious on defense and were then able to get out
and hit shots on offense and our confidence was out the roof
that’s the other thing that helped us get that .
That’s the other thing that helped us get that Championship
in Pittsburgh. E.C. MATTHEWS: We take pride in
our defense and we’re unselfish on offense and we trust each
other and know each other’s spots and like that.
When we are making shots it turns our level
When we are making shots it turns
our level of play up to another level.
KURAN IVERSON: Just like Has said our defense led to offense.
Our main ,
said our defense led to offense. Our main thing was
finding people who was getting it going like E.C. or D.T., they
started a spark. We kept getting them the ball and once H
as got it going I just tried to contribute by playing more
defense. J.T.,
they started a spark. We kept getting them the ball and once
Has got it going I just tried to contribute by playing more
defense. defense. Q. Jared and
. they started a spark. We kept
getting them the ball and once Has got it going I just tried to
contribute by playing more defense.
Q. Jared and E.C. You guys like to get up and pressure
, and once Has got it going I
just tried to contribute by playing more defense.
Q. Jared and E.C. You guys like to get up and pressure the ball
, send the defense beyond the three-point line. What goes
into doing that ,
You guys like to get up and pressure the ball, send the
defense beyond the three-point line. What goes into doing that
effectively? What have you noticed from just this team why 0
You guys like to get up and pressure the ball, send the
defense beyond the three-point line. What goes into doing that
effectively? What have you noticed from just this team why
you are so pressure the ball, send the
defense beyond the three-point line. What goes into doing that
effectively? What have you noticed from just this team why
you are so effective at guys like to get up and
pressure the ball, send the defense beyond the three-point
line. What goes into doing that effectively? What have you
noticed from just this team why you are so effective at getting
you guys like to get up and
pressure the ball, send the defense beyond the three-point
line. What goes into doing that effectively? What have you
noticed from just this team why you are so effective at getting
into guys’ grills? JARED TERRELL: We started that
in practice early in the season. We do a lot of workouts like
that, defensive drills. Just containing and being smart not
being too aggressive when you are following but pressuring the
ball smart and making sure the other team doesn’t run their
offense smooth. E.C. MATTHEWS: We try to knock
the teams off of running their play smoothly and we see one
person getting into their defender we try to feed off that
and try to do it so whoever we are playing and therefore we
just play defense as a whole very good. good.
Q. What does it mean to all of you guys to bring Rhode Island
back to the turn any for a long time?
HASSAN MARTIN: Is means a lot to me, especially my last year
here, going out as aware Your hasn’t been done in almost two
decades and not only to get to the tournament but to win the
Atlantic 10 Championship is something I will never forget
and I’m excited to start this tournament.
JARED TERRELL: Just for the program it means a lot as well
as myself and to get these two guys on the right and left of me
to where they need to be, just a good feeling. Q.
Q. E.C., your teammates said it means a lot. You tore up your
knee with that ACL tear first game of the season. Talk about
that journey journey, coming through rehabilitation
and going through these games and here you are back in the
tournament — into the tournament after that serious
injury. E.C. MATTHEWS: A year ago
around this time I was rehabbing and our season was over
over. The fact that a year later now
that we’re here and going into the summer workouts and going
into the season we had the goal of winning the A-10 Championship
and having an NCAA be berth. This is what it’s all about.
We’re just getting started. I feel like the ups and downs, the
injuries that we all we had the goal of winning the
A-10 Championship and having an NCAA berth. This is what it’s
all about. We’re just getting started. I feel like the ups
and downs, the injuries that we all had and not really living up
to our potential from the media , so to speak, it made us really
strong, very strong and we wouldn’t be here without that.
that. Q. E.C., I know a year ago when
the NCAA games were in Providence you went to watch
Buffalo with Coach Hurley. What did you learn from that
experience and take away from it that made you want to play in
it as well? E.C. MATTHEWS: Nothing like it.
I was a fan in the crowd but seeing the amount of people
there and the level of play and how hard the teams play and how
every detail you’ve got to be really focused and put your all
into it. It’s a
, but seeing the amount of people
there and the level of play and how hard the teams play and how
every detail you’ve got to be really focused and put your all
into it. It’s a blessing just to be a
part of that. I think our team, we’re going to feed off that
very well. We’re going to play hard. We’re going to play very
hard on Friday. Q.
Q. Cure ran and Hassan, the assessment of the match-up?
They have a big guy getting It’s a blessing just to be a
part of that. I think our team, we’re going to feed off that
very well. We’re going to play hard. We’re going to play very
hard on Friday. Q. Cure ran and Hassan, the
assessment of the match-up? They have a big guy getting NBA
” part of that. I think our team,
we’re going to feed off that very well. We’re going to play
hard. We’re going to play very hard on Friday.
Q. Cure ran and Hassan, the assessment of the match-up?
They have a big guy getting NBA “hype” so what’s it going to
take to and Hassan, the assessment of
the match-up? They have a big guy getting NBA “hype” so what’s
it going to take to get him off?
HASSAN MARTIN: He’s really tall and we’ve got to push him off
the ball, ball, ‰ push him and get him to take shots that
he’s not comfortable taking. KURAN IVERSON: Same thing as Ha
s said, trying to be as physical as we could with him, being
more aggressive. I’m going to do my best to help Has out out
there and I’m guarding a good shooter so I’ve got to stay as
close to him as possible. possible.
Q. Kuran, you had a little bit of NCAA Tournament experience at
Memphis and Stanford, then at Indiana. If you talked about
that with your teammates and told them about the experiences? KURAN IVERSON: I told a couple
of players on my team it’s the best feeling every. I went
there where Memphis, we beat George Jordan Washington, then
made it to the second round and played Virginia and then we
lost. Every since then I’ve told myself I want to make it
back and this has been a great goal for us and I’m finally here
. here.
Q. Hassan you guys have played well for a long time, won eight
games in a row. Is there anything in common in those
games that you guys have done well, that has allowed you to
play so well for so long? HASSAN MARTIN: I feel like we
finally started clicking as a unit. This is how we expected
to play earlier in the season with all those close games we
had and now it’s getting guys going, E.C. is back to himself
since before he was injured and our defense has picked up and
our rebounding and guys are real confident. That’s what got us
to the last eight games and confidence, and guys getting
back to themselves and us clicking as a whole. ‰.
THE MODERATOR: Gentlemen, thanks very much.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports. his fifth season at Rhode Island
Island. Coach, can you talk about your season overall
and coming out this way? DAN HURLEY: It’s been an
amazing journey this year for us.
Island. Coach, can you talk about your
season overall and coming out this way?
DAN HURLEY: It’s been an amazing journey this year for
us. Starting early in the year, can you talk about your season
overall and coming out this way? amazing journey this year for
us. Starting early in the year, coaching in the
Island. Coach, can you talk about your
season overall and coming out this way?
DAN HURLEY: It’s been an amazing journey this year for
us. Starting early in the year, coaching in the preseason, a
highly-anticipated team, top-25 team in the preseason and got
off to a really good start, dealt with some injuries, key
injuries to key starters. Through about two months of our
season. The end of the non conference all the way through
to ,
through about two months of our season. The end of the
nonconference all the way through to conference play.
Hassan Martin and season. The end of the
nonconference all the way through to conference play.
Hassan Martin and Jarvis Garrett , two of our best players. Just
our ,
the end of the nonconference all the way through to
conference play. Hassan Martin and Jarvis Garrett, two of our
best players. Just our program and our team and coaches did a
great Garrett, two of our best
players. Just our program and our team and coaches did a great
job of winning enough games, keeping our head above water
until we were able to get healthy late in the year. Once
we were able to get healthy late just our program and our team
and coaches did a great job of winning enough games, keeping
our head above water until we were able to get healthy late in
the year. Once we were able to get healthy late in the year we
were able to resemble the team job of winning enough games,
keeping our head above water until we were able to get
healthy late in the year. Once we were able to get healthy late
in the year we were able to resemble the team that folks
anticipated seeing in the pres eason. A team that won eight
straight to end the year including the conference we
were able to get healthy late in the year. Once we were able
to get healthy late in the year we were able to resemble the
team that folks anticipated seeing in the preseason. A team
that won eight straight to end the year including the
conference Championship and eight straight road or neutral
site games. Incredibly determined team, so excited to
be out here, excited for our great fans and our athletic
director, Thor Bijorg and so much had to go right to get back
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athletic director, Thor Bijorg and so much had to go right to
get back here after an 18-year absence but we’re excited to be
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reporters Soincredibly determined team,
so excited to be out here, excited for our great fans and
our athletic director, Thor Bijorg and so much had to go
right to get back here after an 18-year absence but we’re
excited to be here. Q. Coach, one of the other
reporters mentioned Soincredibly
determined team, so excited to be out here, excited for our
great fans and our athletic director, Thor Bijorg and so
much had to go right to get back here after an 18-year absence
but we’re excited to be here. Q. Coach, one of the other
reporters mentioned that you and E.C. went to watch the NCAA
Tournament last year. What was that experience like? Why did
you want him to take it in in that fashion?
DAN HURLEY: Yeah, we went out to Providence to see E.C.’s old
high school coach, former Ramulu s state Championship coach.
When he coached E.C. there, he was coaching the University of
Buffalo against Miami in the tournament and E.C. was making
progress with the turn ACL and I wanted him to see what the
atmosphere was like. He wanted him to see and feel and sense,
you know, what it would be like if we were able to obviously put
ourselves into a position to get there, put the work in, make
the sacrifices, continue to push him in his rehab so he
could get on this national stage and have the eyes of the
country on him. We knew it would be a great
story because this was a kid that nine minutes into the
opening game of his junior year, his whole world fell apart.
I think it’s one of the great stories of the NCAA Tournament
here is E.C. Matthews, his recovery from that devastating
injury and the fact that he led us to this tournament along with
obviously a number of other tremendous players. Q.
Q. Dan, your guys were just in here. They seemed pretty loose,
pretty confident. Mentally are they where you want them to be
right now? DAN HURLEY: Yeah, I think the
best thing, once we got healthy late the best thing we had going for
Q. Dan, your guys were just in here. They seemed pretty loose,
pretty confident. Mentally are they where you want them to be
right now? DAN HURLEY: Yeah, I think the
best thing, once we got healthy late the best thing we had going
for us was the here. They seemed pretty loose,
pretty confident. Mentally are they where you want them to be
right now? DAN HURLEY: Yeah, I think the
best thing, once we got healthy late the best thing we had going
for us was the “edge.” I think we’re one of the hardest
-playing teams in the country. We really get after people. We
try to make people uncomfortable .
What we were able to add to that over the weekend in Pittsburgh
was shot making and offensive confidence. If we’re an elite defensive
team, if we’re going to play as hard as anyone in the country,
and we’re going to have confidence in shot-making at the
offensive end, I think that’s why the guys looked relaxed
because that’s who we are right now.
Q. Dan, people here in Sacramento are probably familiar
with your brother having played for the Kings but do you have
any past experience here and what’s it like to be here for
your tournament experience? DAN HURLEY: Emotional for me
just because my last time here I was watching my brother cling to his life in a hospital
room surrounded by his family family. Just amazing
how it’s set up that we’re now out here. I’m not sure how many
times Bob has been out here since but he will be out here
for the game tomorrow. To see Sacramento on that screen in the
airport the other day was emotional. I’m going to keep it
together up here, though. Bob will be here obviously along
with my family that’s here and a bunch of traveling from jersey
city. Q. city.
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that with us, because I was here at that time when your family
was going through that with Bobby. You come from a coach basketball family, as well as a
coaching family. Your older brother is coaching at Arizona
State and your dad is a legendary coach from New Jersey.
How is that to have all those minds in one household to come
out to be as successful as your family is?
DAN HURLEY: Kind of one-track minds there, not well-rounded
people, unfortunately. We’ve even dragged my mom into it, she
was the score keeper. No, I mean, listen, it was our
lives. It was our family, obviously my father, tremendous
passion for basketball, tremendous passion for Jersey
City and St. Anthony High School and the city itself is an
amazing city and they love basketball. You grow up in a
city like that, some of the best courtyard courtyard
games in the metropolitan area. We learned so much about
coaching basketball from going and they love basketball. You
grow up in a city like that, some of the best courtyard games
in the metropolitan area. We learned so much about coaching
basketball from going to practices as young kids, 5, 6
years old, our baby-sitting with my dad was doing ball-handling
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Q. Dan, as you look at the Creighton match-up what’s the
biggest challenge with defending them?
DAN HURLEY: They’re like the golden state Golden
State Warriors with how they push the ball and how they shoot
threes, the best offensive team we will have play played this
year without question. Greg McDermott, the stuff they run,
the nuances of it, he looks like he could be a tremendous NBA
coach based on how good he is on offense. offense.
Foster is a potential row, Justin Patton is a lottery pick
and Thomas is a great player and she surround themselves with
shooters and they’re an underestimated ‚Ä∞ team. They’ve
adjusted since Watson has been out. It’s going to be a heck of
a game for us to stay close in and hopefully have a chance to
steal. Q. Could your family take the Al
fords? DAN HURLEY: It would be an
interesting family battle. The all all The Alfords
would be an interesting battle, the Drews, would be like ‰ I
think we should get everybody involved.
Q. Like pay purview? DAN HURLEY: Yes, but they would
be held in Rhode Island, it would be great for our state,
great exposure. The Alfords would be an
interesting battle, the Drews, would be like ‰ I think we
should get everybody involved. Q. Like pay purview?
DAN HURLEY: Yes, but they would be held in Rhode Island, it
would be great for our state, great exposure. ( would
be like ‰ I think we should get everybody involved.
Q. Like pay purview? DAN HURLEY: Yes, but they would
be held in Rhode Island, it would be great for our state,
great exposure. (Perview). Q. Did your dad give you any
advice? DAN HURLEY: He was at the
Atlantic 10 Championship game and he kept giving the manager
notes to hand to me which I thought was ill-timed because it
was his first in so many months . He gives me so many
basketball things, it’s almost like an Hubie Brown, my father
has a mind like Hubie, and he will give me after a game such
smart, subtle things, basketball reminders, that’s why after
every game I call my dad like a good son.
Q. Coach, have you been feeding press Preston
Preston any misinformation? DAN HURLEY: I’ve been trying to
throw him off a little bit, we spoke two days ago. I tried to
talk to him about all the adjustments we’ve made since he
hasn’t been here, how the style of play has changed so much.
Preston, you know, is another person that’s responsible for
this program being where it is, you know, he helped in an
enormous way with recruiting early on, taking over a program
that bottomed out, helping us build the culture and Preston is
a great friend. We’re so thrilled to be in the tournament
. It does stink on some level to
go up against a friend and then to go up against a former player
that has so much pride in URI and in his time here, so I know
he’s hurting. He’s hurting a lot more than I’m hurting right
now. Coach. FastScripts by ASAP
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JARED TERRELL: Is Jordan Bell. Oregon, student-athletes Jordan
Bell and Tyler Dorsey. Fellows, first of all, could you Oregon, student-athletes Jordan
Bell and Tyler Dorsey. Fellows, first of all, could you tell us
about your season and what it led to to bring you here?
JORDAN BELL: I Bell
and Tyler Dorsey. Fellows, first of all, could you tell us
about your season and what it led to to bring you here?
JORDAN BELL: I thought our Bell
and Tyler Dorsey. Fellows, first of all, could you tell us
about your season and what it led to to bring you here?
JORDAN BELL: I thought our season was pretty “up” for the
most part. We recently lost one of Jordan
Bell and Tyler Dorsey. Fellows, first of all, could you
tell us about your season and what it led to to bring you
here? JORDAN BELL: I thought our
season was pretty “up” for the most part. We recently lost one
of our players, Chris Boucher but we can still
do something special this year with the players we have. have.
Q. Did Chris make the trip? TYLER DORSEY: He did.
JORDAN BELL: Yeah. Q. So he’s with you guys? How
will he help you from the sidelines?
TYLER DORSEY: He’s going to give us energy and he’s always
keeping us going. He’s going to give us energy, providing
energy on the bench for us and keep encouraging
encouraging us and pointing out things he sees on the floor from
the bench that we are not doing right and helping us that way. way.
Q. Was there any particular game that was a turning point in
your season? JORDAN BELL: The Colorado game,
probably. That opened our eyes a lot because we had not been
playing our best brand of basketball but we kept winning
and we kept getting away with things but the Colorado game
opened our eyes and showed but we kept winning and we kept
getting away with things but the Colorado game opened our
eyes and showed us we can be beat any day so if we
. But the Colorado game opened
our eyes and showed us we can be beat any day so if we play our
brand of basketball we should be fine.
. So if we play our brand of
basketball we should be fine. fine.
Q. Q. Jordan, how has preparation
this week been different without Chris there for you?
JORDAN BELL: It’s been very different. I have to try to be
even more aggressive on the defensive end and offensive end
knowing that he’s not coming in to sub me out or come play with
me during the game. Just trying to stay out of foul trouble, me
and Dillon Brooks being smart on the floor, also trying to get
as much conditioning in as I could, as possible during the
last couple of days .
Also trying to get as much conditioning in as I could, as
possible during the last couple of days knowing I’m going to
have to play more minutes and everybody is going to have to
step it up a little more. Q. Did you guys see Kavell
progress the last few practices? Is he a different player for
you guys? TYLER DORSEY: Definitely from
Kavell we see him do that in practice every day that you all
saw in the Pac-12 tournament so he’s going to be be ready to hit
the glass and hit the plays for from Kavell we see him do that
in practice every day that you all saw in the Pac-12 tournament
so he’s going to be be ready to hit the glass and hit the plays
for us and hit that Kavell
we see him do that in practice every day that you all saw in
the Pac-12 tournament so he’s going to be be ready to hit the
glass and hit the plays for us and hit that jump shot or that
hook he has down low so ,
we see him do that in practice every day that you all saw in
the Pac-12 tournament so he’s going to be be ready to hit the
glass and hit the plays for us and hit that jump shot or that
hook he has down low so he’s going to step us for us and be
ready. Q.
. So he’s going to be be ready
to hit the glass and hit the plays for us and hit that jump
shot or that hook he has down low so he’s going to step us for
us and be ready. Q. What do you expect from the
conference in the tournament? A lot of people don’t .
He iso he’s going to step us for us and be ready.
Q. What do you expect from the conference in the tournament? A
lot of people don’t have expectations so
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eso he’s going to step us for us and be ready.
Q. What do you expect from the conference in the tournament? A
lot of people don’t have expectations what do you think? JORDAN BELL: Q. What do you expect from the
conference in the tournament? A lot of people don’t have
expectations what do you think? going to go pretty far, last
year most of the teams lost in the first game but honestly we
could get us and UCLA and Arizona and we could get pretty
far with it. Q. Iona plays a similar style,
they like to run, shoot threes a lot. How dangerous is that
where a team gets hot from outside and can run with it?
TYLER DORSEY: It’s very dangerous, they play four out
and one in most of the time and most of their guards can shoot
40% from the field so containing that and running them off the
line, watching them they are pretty similar to Arizona State
who we played in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament and
they shoot a lot of contested shots and tough shots and hit a
lot of threes, so it’s dangerous but we’ve been preparing all
week for that. Q.
Q. Just getting back to the previous question, how did the
Pac-12 prepare you guys guys? The conference doesn’t
get much respect as it should, Cal had a couple of bad losses
so they’re not here but you guys seemed to walk through that
mine field pretty good. Talk about how it is for both of you
preparing yourself to go through that conference alone to get to
this point? JORDAN BELL: I think the
conference play has prepared us a lot for these tough games.
Every team in the Pac-12, every team is different, there are
different types of match-ups and different styles of play and
different things like that so I think it prepared us a lot. One
through 12 no game was easy, even Oregon State we played and
only got by by ‰ so that prepared us a lot and helped us
get ready for these games. TYLER DORSEY: Definitely the
Pac-12 play got us mental and physically ready for the best
part of the season, March. The Pac-12 tournament helped us a
lot and losing that last game helped us mentally see how we’re
going to do without Chris and we’re going to use that game as
motivation to make this run during March.
Q. I know you guys just got here but do you have any early
impressions of the city or the Golden 1 Center?
TYLER DORSEY: Old Town is pretty nice. We went to eat at
a restaurant over there and I’ve never been here or been around
Sacramento but it’s pretty nice. gentlemen . and I’ve never been here or
been around Sacramento. But it’s pretty nice.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, gentlemen.
gentlemen. Now in his seventh season of the
Oregon Now in
his seventh season of the Oregon Ducks, head coach, Dana
Altman Oregon Ducks, head coach, Dana
Altman. Coach can you talk about
, in his seventh season of the
Oregon Ducks, head coach, Dana Altman. Coach can you talk
about your season to date and coming into this region?
DANA ALTMAN: ,
can you talk about your season to date and coming into this
region? DANA ALTMAN: We were 16-2 in
the Pac-12, tied with Arizona for the Championship, had an
opportunity to meet them in the tournament final and lost a
close ball game, 83-80, so it’s been a good year. I’ve enjoyed
working with the players. We’re anxious to go
at . So it’s been a good year.
I’ve enjoyed working with the players. We’re anxious to go at
11:00 on Friday morning, tomorrow morning.
The only negative, we enjoyed working with the
players. We’re anxious to go at 11:00 on Friday morning,
tomorrow morning. The only negative, we lost Chris
Boucher, a very good player for us the last two years to
The only negative, we lost Chris
Boucher, a very good player for us the last two years to a knee
injury in the semifinal of our conference tournament against Ca
l so that’s been a little bit of a blow to us but the guys
responded and we’ve had a couple of good practices and I think
we will be ready .
So that’s been a little bit of a blow to us but the guys
responded and we’ve had a couple of good practices and I think
we will be ready to go tomorrow blow to us but the guys
responded and we’ve had a couple of good practices and I think
we will be ready to go tomorrow. but the guys responded and
we’ve had a couple of good practices. I think we will be
ready to go tomorrow. Q.
Q. Q. How unique is the situation
for you with Creighton and Kansas State both here, two of
your former teams? Do you still keep tabs on both programs?
DANA ALTMAN: Sure. Sure. I spent seven years at
Kansas State and 16 at Creighton . I’m getting old,
7 years at Kansas State and 16 at
Creighton. I’m getting old, but — no, I really enjoyed
Kansas State. Two of our children were born there and it
was a great seven years. I really enjoyed it. Creighton,
the 16 Creighton, the 16 years we spent
there were really enjoyable. Haven’t thought too much ahead.
Obviously we’ve Ihaven’t
thought too much ahead. Obviously we’ve haven’t thought too much ahead.
Obviously we’ve got Iona tomorrow and that’s what we’re
pretty much focused on. But, we’ve got Iona tomorrow and
that’s what we’re pretty much focused on. But, no, those two
places were really really great to my family and myself
and really enjoyed our time there.
Q. What’s the toughest thing going to be in replacing Chris
Boucher? What did he do that you’re going to have the
toughest time replacing from the guys you bring off the bench?
DANA ALTMAN: Shot blocking without a doubt. He led the
conference in shot blocking and and, three a game and
that’s not three a
game and that’s not counting the number of shots he altered. So ,
and that’s not counting the number of shots he altered. So
you take the three that he blocked and another three or
four that he altered, that’s seven shots in the paint that he
had a great affect on. This will be the biggest thing.
The second biggest things is the rebounding. His three-point three-point shooting, we’ve got
a lot of volunteers to shoot threes, so that’s not much of a
problem but the shot blocking and ,
but the shot blocking and rebounding, and his and
his personality. Chris is very popular on our team.
He’s an easy-going personality, and we will miss the things
He’s an easy-going personality, and
we will miss the things he does for us, but — the in
. But — the intangibles that he brought are
going to leave probably a the
intangibles that he brought are going to leave probably a
bigger hole. Q.
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old but just like a bottle of wine
, but just like a bottle of wine,
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wins the last couple of seasons . What is the recipe for
success for you you you? You’ve been doing a great job
there, is it the coaching staff? Recruiting?
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an opportunity to coach. Secondly it’s my staff. I have
been fortunate over the years to have guys that have stuck ,
it’s my staff. I have been fortunate over the years to have
guys that have stuck with me, Kevin McKenna is on our staff,
he’s been with me close to 20 years now and Tony Stubblefield
may be the best I’ve ever worked with, he’s
. He’s been with me close to 20
years now and Tony Stubblefield may be the best I’ve ever worked
with, he’s been great to work with and Josh .
And Tony Stubblefield may be the best I’ve ever worked with,
he’s been great to work with and Josh ‚Ä∞ does a
Tony Stubblefield may be the best
I’ve ever worked with, he’s been great to work with and Josh ‚Ä∞
does a tremendous job, Mike Mine ga and I’ve been fortunate my
years at Creighton and at Kansas State I had really good staffs.
Players first of all because there is no coach that’s every
won a game without a really good team, but then the staff has
been extremely loyal and stayed with us a long
Creighton and at Kansas State I had
really good staffs. Players first of all because there is no
coach that’s every won a game without a really good team, but
then the staff has been extremely loyal and stayed with
us a long time. Q.
Q. Q. Dana
at Creighton and at Kansas State I
had really good staffs. Players first of all because
there is no coach that’s every won a game without a really good
team, but then the staff has been extremely loyal and stayed
with us a long time. Q. Dana, going back to
years at Creighton and at Kansas
State I had really good staffs. Players first of all because
there is no coach that’s every won a game without a really good
team, but then the staff has been extremely loyal and stayed
with us a long time. Q. Dana, going back to November
when you made the decision to coach
that’s every won a game without a really good team, but then
the staff has been extremely loyal and stayed with us a long
time. Q. Dana, going back to November
when you made the decision to start Peyton and bring Casey off
the bench, what went into that long time.
Q. Dana, going back to November when you made the decision to
start Peyton and bring Casey off the bench, what went into that
and how hard nd
stayed with us a long time. Q. Dana, going back to November
when you made the decision to start Peyton and bring Casey off
the bench, what went into that and how hard was that to do
given that Casey had been a starter on the team for you?
DANA ALTMAN: You know, fortunately the players didn’t
make as much about it as some of the media. Casey wants to win.
Casey is all about the team. He’s really unselfish. It’s a
blow, because everybody likes to have their name and run out
there and act silly and all that , but Casey also knows that his
production has gone up, he’s been — I’ve said all along we
had seven starters, Chris Boucher and Casey started all
for us last year, Jordan Bell came off the bench last year.
We just reversed some roles on who gets their name called out. But the minutes, what they bring
to our team, they didn’t really change, haven’t really changed
that much. So, for me, it was not that big of a deal.
Like, I said, I know the guys like to start, everybody likes
to start but, you know, fortunately for me we’ve got men
who are unselfish and winning is a priority and being part of
a Championship team. Those guys wanted to win the Pac-12.
They were heart broke when we didn’t beat Arizona the other
night. We didn’t go there to get second, so they were heart
broke. Those guys are competitors and want to win.
Thankful that they’re unselfish enough to not get caught up in
the hype of who is starting. Q. Is Io na part of the
challenge the fact that they were in the tournament last year
, they got a couple of transfers who played in this tournament
that you figure they come in here not as awe struck as 14
seeds might be? DANA ALTMAN: They’re not going na
part of the challenge the fact that they were in the tournament
last year, they got a couple of transfers who played in this
tournament that you figure they come in here not as awe struck
as 14 seeds might be? DANA ALTMAN: They’re not going
to be awe struck they played Iowa State tough last year and
they got a very competitive team . They’re going to space the
floor and shoot a ton of threes. We’re going to have to fight
to dribble, contest those threes . When you take 253’s a game
and shoot 40% from three you’re going to win some games.
They’ve had 10 or more games where they’ve ‚Ä∞ so our perimeter
defense is going to be challenged and we don’t have
Chris there to protect the rim and push out like we
traditionally do. We’ve had a very good defensive team on the
three-point line and a big part of that is the guys’ security to
run at shooters knowing that somebody was protecting the rim. We don’t have that luxury now.
So it changes a little bit of the way we’re going to play
defensively, but, you know, Iona , they won’t come in with any
fear. They played Iowa State tough as all get out last year
and they’re a good team that shoots the three and place
aggressively offensively and defensively. We know we’ve got
our work cutout for us, there is no doubt about that.
Q. You said you wanted to take some time after the Pac-12
tournament Championship game to make adjustments without Chris
being in the game. Obviously you’ve played without him before
but what does it look like now? , couple of different things
offensively we want to do and defensively we’ve got to tighten
things up without him at the rim but Kavell is anxious to
play and Kavell has to play his game. He doesn’t need to do
anything different, he’s not Chris, they’re two totally
different players and we’ve got to play a little differently
than we did with Chris Chris.
Q. Could you tell us about Kavell as a person, what he
brings to this team? DANA ALTMAN: Kavell has been
very good to work with. He was disappointed for a while because
he wasn’t getting to play as much as he wanted and I would be
upset with him if he wasn’t concerned. I want guys that
want to be on the floor. The best thing is he handled it
well, he kept coming to practice , working his tail off. He’s
got tremendous upside. I think he’s going to to be a
really good player for us. He’s filled in, even before
Chris’s injury he was filling in for Chris and doing a
tremendous job. I love the way he rebounds. I love the way he
tries to complement everybody on the team and he played well
against Arizona. He did a good job filling in.
So our expectations for him tomorrow are to come out and
give us 15-20 minutes and to play his game, not try to fill
in for Chris but be Kavell and play as well as Kavell can
Q. play. Q. Can you talk about how big of
an advantage it is to play somewhat close to home? Is that
something you stressed during the course of the year? To get
that higher seed? DANA ALTMAN: You know, not
really. I know the guys, some of the guys from the west coast
wanted to stay close but I’m not sure there is a big difference.
An hour plane flight, a two- hour plane flight, I don’t know.
We hope to have some fans here. Our fans have been pretty
good to us all season so it would be nice to have a few here
. You’re on a neutral floor and
I’m not sure that it makes all that much difference.
It is nice, you know, if families are able to come,
though, and like for Jordan Bell who is from Long Beach and
Tyler is from LA. It’s nice when you’re close and your
family can get there easier. Q.
Q. Coach, with Creighton on your side of the draw and we’re here
in Sacramento, guy plays here that calls this arena home, Anthony Tollive er, can you
talk about his play at Sacramento and his play up
through his NBA career? DANA ALTMAN: Anthony is a fine
young man. His freshman and sophomore years didn’t go as
planned. He had some injuries that he fought through and in
today’s age he probably would have transferred because
everything didn’t go well but fortunately for us he stuck with
it. His junior year, you know, we just rode him. He was
phenomenal. We had some other injuries on the team and if it
wouldn’t have been for him, we would have really had a tough
year. And his senior year he was just a dominant figure for
us, both on and off the floor. Great young man.
Then he — wasn’t like NBA stard om was thrust upon him, he went
overseas, D-League and he earned t through perseverance and hard
work and the type of young man that he is, he just earned it.
He’s earned his spot on every roster he’s been ever since and
I know he had a big game the other night. I pick up the
paper every day and see what his stats are and he had a big game
in Orlando the other night which they won so I’m really
happy for him. Great guy, great family
family, really, really happy what’s happened for him since he
left Creighton. Creighton.
Q. Dana, what have you seen from Payton the last couple of
weeks? How has he held up over the grind of the Pac-12 season
and what do you expect from him on this stage?
DANA ALTMAN: Well, he’s played well. He wasn’t as aggressive
offensively in the conference tournament as he had been and
some of that’s probably my fault . I’m always barking at him
about handling the ball and not turning the darn thing over and
probably got on him a little too much. We need him to be a
little more aggressive. He’s having a phenomenal year. He’s
handling the ball well. He and Casey have done a great
job, you know, they’ve tag teamed and played together a lot
, really done a good job. Both of them need to relax and
play and quit listen to go me, you know, and just go and play.
They’ve done a tremendous job in spite of me always after them
. Point guards, they catch more than most guys. They got the
ball in their hands hands, setting the tone for us
defensively so they catch more than most guys do and Payton has
handled it well, Casey has been phenomenal in the three years
I’ve had the opportunity to work with him. They’ll be fine.
They’ll be fine. THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach
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PlayerNameC: Is Cole Huff FOSTER: Is Marcus Foster.
KHYRI THOMAS: Is Khyri Thomas. PlayerNameC: Is Cole Huff.
REPLACENAME: COLE
HUFF: Is Cole Huff. GREG McDERMOTT: THE MODERATOR: We have our
student-athletes THE
MODERATOR: We have our student-athletes
THE MODERATOR: We have our
student-athletes from THE
MODERATOR: We have our student-athletes from Creighton our student-athletes from
Creighton University which is to be found in Omaha, Nebraska,
Marcus Foster, Khyri Thomas and Cole Huff. Gentlemen, talk about your
season as a whole and coming out here to Sacramento.
COLE HUFF: Obviously we got off to a really good start
, we got off to a really good start.
I think we got as far as No. 7 in the nation before a few
things didn’t go our way, with injuries and a couple of close
losses. From then our season has been kind of up and down but
unlike last year I think we finished the regular season on a
positive note. We went into the Big East tournament in
Madison Square Garden ,
but unlike last year I think we finished the regular season on
a positive note. We went into the Big East tournament in
Madison Square Garden and we came up a little short but I
think we’re riding a little momentum right now and we’re
looking forward to continuing our success
Tournament in Madison Square Garden and we
came up a little short but I think we’re riding a little
momentum right now and we’re looking forward to continuing
our success in the tournament. KHYRI THOMAS: I would have to
say Co ,
but I think we’re riding a little momentum right now and
we’re looking forward to continuing our success in the
tournament. KHYRI THOMAS: I would have to
say Cole hit it on the head, we were ranked No. 7, then we lost
Maurice . We were ranked No. 7, then we
lost Maurice to the ACL injury which kind of
. Then we lost Maurice to the
ACL injury which kind of made everybody sit back and, you know
, kind of really just embrace — made everybody else get better
and then after that we came ,
and, you know, kind of really just embrace — made everybody
else get better and then after that we came to a couple of
close losses and then after that we went on a run in the
tournament and lost to Villanova but we got a nice little seed
in the tournament and we’re just ready to play and the guys are
just kind of amped up right now. But we got a nice little seed
in the tournament and we’re just ready to play and the guys are
just kind of amped up right now. to But we got a nice little seed in
the tournament and we’re just ready to play and the guys are
just kind of amped up right now. to a really great start, people
were talking about we were a great ,
and the guys are just kind of amped up right now.
MARCUS FOSTER: Yeah, we got off to a really great start, people
were talking about we were a great Final Four contender and
when Maurice went down, he was our vocal leader,
. People were talking about we
were a great Final Four contender and when Maurice went
down, he was our vocal leader, he played hard on defense and
got teammates going so it was kind of hard for us when
, and when Maurice went down, he
was our vocal leader, he played hard on defense and got
teammates going so it was kind of hard for us when we lost him
and we had to reinvent ourselves which made us start playing up
and down we .
He played hard on defense and got teammates going so it was
kind of hard for us when we lost him and we had to reinvent
ourselves which made us start playing up and down we couldn’t
really get a rhythm but last week in New York in the ,
so it was kind of hard for us when we lost him and we had to
reinvent ourselves which made us start playing up and down we
couldn’t really get a rhythm but last week in New York in the
Big East tournament, we figured out
. And we had to reinvent
ourselves which made us start playing up and down we couldn’t
really get a rhythm but last week in New York in the Big East
tournament, we figured out who we were
We had to reinvent ourselves which
made us start playing up and down we couldn’t really get a
rhythm but last week in New York in the Big East tournament, we
figured out who we were and pulled all the pieces together.
Even though we didn’t finish that strong
. We couldn’t really get a
rhythm but last week in New York in the Big East tournament, we
figured out who we were and pulled all the pieces together.
Even though we didn’t finish that strong in the Championship
game I think we learned ,
but last week in New York in the Big East tournament, we
figured out who we were and pulled all the pieces together.
Even though we didn’t finish that strong in the Championship
game I think we learned a lot about ourselves that could carry
us through this Tournament,
we figured out who we were and pulled all the pieces together.
Even though we didn’t finish that strong in the Championship
game I think we learned a lot about ourselves that could carry
us through this tournament. Q.
Q. Marcus, can you just kind of summarize the journey you’ve
taken from your time at Kansas State to Creighton and how
you’ve grown and changed over the past two years SFWH?
MARCUS FOSTER: I had to face adversity with the circumstances
that I had at Kansas State and adversity with the circumstances
that I had at Kansas State and having to transfer to another
school, you know, taking a year off is something I’ve never done
in my whole career so I had to reinvent myself and I had to
mature, you know .
Taking a year off is something I’ve never done in my whole
career so I had to reinvent myself and I had to mature, you
know, become a better teammate, better person on and off ,
so I had to reinvent myself and I had to mature, you know,
become a better teammate, better person on and off the Court for
my teammates. With that time off, the year that I had, it
made me OURT
for my teammates. With that time off, the year that I had,
it made me become court
for my teammates. With that time off, the year that I had,
it made me become a better person.
Q. Marcus, good to see you again . Now that you’ve had time to
transfer and reflect on things, when you think back to that last
season at Kansas State when it started off and you said that
team had Final Four talent and then you end up winning 15 games
what went wrong that year now that you think
. What went wrong that year now
that you think back to it? MARCUS FOSTER: I think that
team we just wasn’t in it for each other. I think we all had
our individual mind sets of what we wanted to do and what we
wanted to accomplish. The talent was definitely there on
that team I just didn’t think we brought it
sets of what we wanted to do and
what we wanted to accomplish. The talent was definitely there
on that team I just didn’t think we brought it together as a
team standpoint.
Q. .
I just didn’t think we brought it together as a team
standpoint. Q. Cole, how soon did you
realize how good Patton was going to be, he had a meter Rick
rise when he got to Cray turnings when was
? He had a meter Rick rise when
he got to Cray turnings when was it like watching him on the
floor? COLE HUFF: It was hard to tell
during preseason because we had a lot of injuries, rise when he got to Cray
turnings when was it like watching him on the floor?
COLE HUFF: It was hard to tell during preseason because we had
a lot of injuries, I
e rise when he got to Cray
turnings when was it like watching him on the floor?
COLE HUFF: It was hard to tell during preseason because we had
a lot of injuries, I wasn’t dio
rise when he got to Cray turnings when was it like
watching him on the floor? COLE HUFF: It was hard to tell
during preseason because we had a lot of injuries, I wasn’t
r rise when he got to Cray
turnings when was it like watching him on the floor?
COLE HUFF: It was hard to tell during preseason because we had
a lot of injuries, I wasn’t always
ic rise when he got to Cray
turnings when was it like watching him on the floor?
COLE HUFF: It was hard to tell during preseason because we had
a lot of injuries, I wasn’t always out there, Zach was
recovering from injuries and ‰ he haves the only big man be
flocked and he was come nabothi, we had smaller guys on him and
whatnot. Just going back to last year his red shirt season
how hard he worked and for the skill set that he has as such a
tall guy, being seven foot, it was obvious to see the sky is
the limit for him. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t
surprised when the season started how quickly he put it
together. Since we got the ball radiology I think he has kept
his confidence and he’s playing great basketball. Sky is the
limit for him him.
Q. Marcus when you look at this south region how tough something
? Seems like every team 1-16 has some sort of a threat and
could easily find themselves in the Final Four.
MARCUS FOSTER: There is definitely a lot of competition
out there but it’s the NCAA Tournament, this is the time of
year when everybody is going to be playing their best
basketball. Everybody in the tournament is going to be a
great team, no matter what region you’re in so you got to
be prepared and ready to play every night.
Q. Marcus what’s been your favorite thing about playing at
Creighton this year? MARCUS FOSTER: I would say the
team atmosphere, the family atmosphere that we have on this
team. Guys really love each other and you see it on the
court. We’re playing hard not just for ourselves but for our
teammates and our coaching staffs. When you have a fan
base like us you love to play on the court and make our fans
proud when they see how good we’re playing. questions? Okay. Thank you,
gentlemen. gentlemen.
Okay we have the head coach of the Cray stone Blue J
, we have the head coach of the
Cray stone Blue Jays, Greg McDermott, Coach, you have
literally traipsed east to west and
eighton blue Jays, Greg McDermott,
Coach, you have literally traipsed east to west and now
back out here. GREG McDERMOTT: Obviously we’re
excited to be back the in the tournament after a couple of
years of not Bluejays,
Greg McDermott, Coach, you have literally traipsed east to west
and now back out here. GREG McDERMOTT: Obviously we’re
excited to be back the in the tournament after a couple of
years of not making it and feel pretty good coming off the Big
East ca .
Coach, you have literally traipsed east to west and now
back out here. GREG McDERMOTT: Obviously we’re
excited to be back the in the tournament after a couple of
years of not making it and feel pretty good coming off the Big
East ca top ca 2 tournament where we were able to
beat a couple of teams in Providence and Combivir who are
both in the tournament before losing to Villanova in the final
. Proud of this team and how
they’ve come together in some tough circumstances and continue
to play better basketball as the season has worn on.
Obviously we’ve got a great opponent in Rhode Island, so we
will have our hands full tomorrow afternoon but we’re
excited for the opportunity. When you look back on that opponent in Rhode Island, so we
will have our hands full tomorrow afternoon but we’re
excited for the opportunity. Q. When you look back on that
Big East tournament, that’s arguably one of the toughest in
college basketball and you did as you mentioned get through a full
tomorrow afternoon but we’re excited for the opportunity.
Q. When you look back on that Big East tournament, that’s
arguably one of the toughest in college basketball and you did
as you mentioned get through a couple of rounds. How does that
caliber of competition prepare any
hands full tomorrow afternoon but
we’re excited for the opportunity.
Q. When you look back on that Big East tournament, that’s
arguably one of the toughest in college basketball and you did
as you mentioned get through a couple of rounds. How does that
caliber of competition prepare any team for the NCAA Tournament
? GREG McDERMOTT: I think playing
the quality of schedule that we’ve played really all season
long, when you’re playing in a league where seven of your ten
teams are in the NCAA Tournament , there aren’t a lot of nights
off. So you have to prepare yourself to play every game and
certainly in the Big East Tournament that’s the case as
well. The environment at Madison Square Garden was
incredible. Sold-out Championship game on a Saturday
night in New York City at the Garden is as good as it gets.
The enthusiasm, the build-up, the excitement for that is a
good prep for how you have to prepare yourself for a NCAA
Tournament game because it’s much the same. You have
New York City at the Garden is as
good as it gets. The enthusiasm, the build-up, the
excitement for that is a good prep for how you have to prepare
yourself for a NCAA Tournament game because it’s much the same.
You have to keep your emotions in check, you have to make sure
those emotions are used to your advantage and it doesn’t become
a disadvantage. So I think our guys have a handle on that.
It’s also taxing to play three games in three days against the
competition we played. After a couple days off we’ve
had some good preparation for Rhode Island and hopefully we’re
up for that challenge tomorrow. tapes what stands out them the
most to you and what will be the toughest thing for you in that
game? GREG McDERMOTT: I think they’re
one of the better defensive teams we’ve seen all year and
their numbers certainly support that. 40% defensive field goal
percentage, 29% is all they’re allowing from the three-point
line. Not only only is their three-point field goal
percentage good the number of three-point shots that you can
find against them is rather low as well. So they do a good 29%
is all they’re allowing from the three-point line. Not only
is their three-point field goal percentage good the number of
three-point shots that you can find against them is rather low
as well. So they do a good job of running you off the
three-point line and challenging you when you’re there ‚Ä∞ E.C.
Matthews is as good as we’ve seen all year, Terrell is
terrific and Hassan Martin is always someone I’ve been
impressed with going back to high school. He’s physical,
he’s long, great timing as a shot blocker. He’s a force
defensively defensively.
They’ve only lost two games since the last week in January
so they’re playing well at the right time and we’re
impressed with going back to high school.
He’s physical, he’s long, great timing as a shot blocker.
He’s a force defensively. They’ve only lost two games
since the last week in January so they’re playing well at the
right time and we’re a team that really was banged up with
injuries throughout the first two-thirds of the season and as
they’ve gotten healthy have found their stride. so they’re playing well at the
right time and we’re a team that really was banged up with
injuries throughout the first two-thirds of the season and as
they’ve gotten healthy have found their stride.
THE MODERATOR: Any questions out there? Okay, Coach, good
luck tomorrow. FastScripts by ASAP
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