Men's Basketball

    NCAA Tournament First Round Quotes - Indiana vs. Gonzaga

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    March 16, 2007

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    Head Coach Kelvin Sampson

    On advancing in the tournament:
    "It's always good to advance in this tournament. But you know, once you get past, once you get into the tournament, you play nothing but good teams once you get to the second round."

    On playing UCLA:
    "UCLA is as good as anybody. We watched the film last night and today. Their physical strength ...it's just hard to cut against them, it's hard to get a good shot against them. They play tough, strong, physical defense. ...You don't see a lot of holes in UCLA. But I think the reason why they have a shot to go back to the Final Four is because they are so good defensively. UCLA defends as well as anybody we have seen this year."

    On progress and exposure today for college basketball:
    "Tradition is important, but I think the future is more important. It's kinda like progress. People want progress, but seldom want change... College basketball is not the same today; the way you schedule, television opportunities, exposure. Twenty years ago there were a handful of teams that got great exposure, and those were the teams you always heard of. Today, who is not on television? There seems like there is so much equality to exposure today than when Indiana and UCLA were the traditional powers."

    On winning over fan base at new school:
    "I think it is (unique), but at the same time that can't be your sole purpose. I don't think that can be part of your day to day who you are - you have to do your job, do it the right way, the way you have always done it. Along the way, if you do it the right way, I think the fan base will appreciate it."

    On hope for the future of the program:
    "I think the greatest thing a coach can do for the community and the university community is hope - that there is hope for the future. I think that is the most important thing we could do this year - give our fans and the people that love and care about Indiana University hope and to get excited for the future."

    On preparing in two days for UCLA:
    "You have to be careful with overload. UCLA is...they are what they are. They don't press, they don't zone. They aren't the hardest team in the world to prepare for. They are just hard to play against. ...I think UCLA's strength is their identity - they are tough. That's what they do. They beat you up, and they do it in a way that makes it tough on you. They are so strong at every position."

    Student-Athlete Roderick Wilmont

    On decision to come to Indiana:
    "Indiana is one of the biggest traditions in the country, and that is one of the main reasons why I chose to come to Indiana."

    Student-Athlete D.J. White

    On Indiana University Tradition:
    "I think tradition in the school always means something. It just shows what past players for this school have done for this program on a national level. It has something to do with our decision for all three of us to come to this school."

    On playing against Alfred Aboya :
    "I remember him years back, playing against him in high school. Strong, physical ... basically the same, body a little bit bigger; rebounder, so it should be a good match-up."

     

     


       

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