Transcript from NCAA Press Conference

Opening Statement:
“We're really excited to be in Philadelphia.  We didn't know if we would be playing in the NCAA tournament two weeks ago.  We are playing really good basketball and are really looking forward to a challenge that has never been accomplished.  So we're excited about it.  I guess as excited as you can be, getting ready to do what we're about to do.”

On the importance of Stephen McDowell’s play:
“It's really important.  You have to be able to score the ball.  They're very difficult.  I don't see a whole lot of people scoring the ball inside against them.  We've played a really good schedule.  We were able to play with Memphis.  You know, I think our best player, you just saw him, I think our best player is Kevin Goffney, even though he doesn't get all the stats and all the public attention and all conference stuff.  He got hurt.  He didn't play against Memphis, eight games early.  We played against Memphis because we could defend and we rebounded and McDowell made a boat load of threes.  That's kind of our form.  If we're going to do something pretty neat, that's what we have to do.”

On the chance of beating Connecticut:
“I'm a dreamer.  I was a JV basketball coach 24 years ago.  No one thought I could be a Division I head basketball coach.  So I'm a dreamer.  We've got two words up in our locker room:  dream and believe.  I just told them, if you can't dream it, you can't believe it, don't show up tomorrow, don't go.  Fake an injury.  Got a hamstring pull, your back hurts, something.  You know, last time I checked, the score was 0-0.  If they make the first shot, they're not going to be up 20-0, they may be up two or three.  But believe.  If you don't believe, why play the game?  This is not football.  Football, the strongest blocks to the right, you block to the left, give him the ball, he runs through the hole.  There are very few upsets in football.  This, you screen and you're still going to have to make a shot from 20 in a tight situation.  I've said many times, regular season, two balls fit through that hoop.  In the post season, those little orange Nerf balls sometime have a tough time going in, not for the 16 seed, but for the one seed.  We're going to have to rely on that a little bit, too.

On being a 16 seed and playing Connecticut:
“When we saw that we got UConn, we were happy to be up there on the board.  Coming here, we believed we can be one of the teams to make history and beat UConn.  It's all about believing in the system, believing in yourself.  When you toss up that ball, anybody can win.  It's a basketball game.”

On playing Hasheem Thabeet and A.J. Price:
“It's going to be fun.  It's going to be fun playing against them tomorrow.  They will probably be NBA draft picks next year, but they're human just like I am.  I have the same dreams, same ambitions as they do.  I'm going to go out there and do the same things they do.  Just because they're UConn, doesn't mean they're invincible and can't be beat.  We're going to play as hard as we can against them.  Show them that we're from Chattanooga, we can play ball, too.”

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