March 20, 2009


THE MODERATOR:  We'll start with an opening statement from Coach Williams and then take questions for the student athletes.

COACH WILLIAMS:  As I said yesterday, I think Utah is the hardest team to prepare for of any in my career as an assistant or as a head coach.  Similar to some of the things that I said yesterday, it's almost a little bit of a mathematical problem.  They average 72 points, they average 72 possessions, and over the last 10 years in the 86 losses that they have had, 70 of those have been with a score of less than 72.

In the first half we had 18 stops out of 27 possessions.  In the second half in the first eight minutes we only had two stops, they had eight baskets.  So it was a tale of two halves.  Obviously we were able to get consecutive stops in the first half and not in the second half and that's why it turned into the game that it did.

But at the end of the day, they had 66 possessions and they scored 57 points.  And so we were able to limit their number of possessions and particularly in the first half hold their field goal percentage down to a number that we could at least give ourselves a chance for success.  We're grateful for the victory, Coach Morrill and his team they were a perfect example of their institution and the way they competed and in their preparation.

THE MODERATOR:  Take questions now for the student athletes.

Q.  Lazar, yesterday everybody talked about how this was going to be a guard's game.  You changed it.  Did you expect to be able to do what you did?

LAZAR HAYWARD:  No, I don't think so.  I just think it comes down to with the confidence from my teammates and just being able to help those guys.  I never go into a game thinking I'm going to have a game like that.  I just do what I'm supposed to do and when things happen, they happen.

Q.  If you do happen to play Missouri, particularly without your point guard, how dangerous a situation is that, given the way they play defense?

LAZAR HAYWARD:  I don't think it's any different than any other team we play.  You can never replace a Dominic James, but Maurice Acker does a great job running our team and he's getting better day after day and he's getting better each game.  So of course, it's going to be a different look and it may be a little bit difficult for our team, but it's not a hard adjustment.

Q.  Did you sense a change in Utah's intensity to start the second half as compared to the way they played most of the first?

JEREL McNEAL:  I think for the most part in the second half they just came out and any time you're down going into half time, I'm sure the coach got them real revved up and ready to go in the second half.  But more importantly the thing that we didn't do that was effective for us in the first half was guarding their actions and things like that and they came out and we weren't getting after it on the defensive end like we needed to.  We weren't getting stops and that limited our easy baskets in transitions and things like that.  So that's the reason I think the swing came in the second half, more than just them being ready to play.

Q.  Talk about attacking their zone and it seemed that there were stretches especially when they came back in it that you guys were kind of just standing around the perimeter, really couldn't get inside.

JEREL McNEAL:  I think the situation was where starting off just against them our pace was bad going into the period.  We weren't cutting hard, we weren't hitting gaps and playing inside out like we needed to.  Once we started doing that we started to get a lot of looks that we usually get and a lot of shots that we usually make.  But a lot of them were falling too.  It was just one of those nights from the perimeter for our team.

But I think we did a lot better job as the game went on, just doing a better job keeping the up tempo pace and hitting gaps and creating for others.

Q.  Your coach is like a human calculator breaking down numbers.  How much of that do you absorb and how does it help you when you're on the floor?

JEREL McNEAL:  It's something I got used to.  He always every time we see him he got some type of stat for you.  So whether it be a time out off the court, on the court, it's like he's like a number freak.  And after awhile you get kind of used to it.  You expect to hear some type of stat, some of the stuff will be just like, you know, you want to know how he actually gets these numbers and things like that, you know.

WESLEY MATTHEWS:  I think we're starting to absorb it even more.  I know the first time he started doing it, we would look at each other and smile like, man, he's making these numbers up.  (Laughter.)

There ain't no way like off the top of his head he's calculating these percentages, but they make a lot of sense.  When he broke down Utah, they said they average 72 points and the 72 possessions, and they're averaging just a point a possession.  So when you break stuff down like that and break down what we need to do in order to prevent the outcome from happening, then it's simple.

We took to heart the game plan today where we wanted to get stops, consecutive stops in a row, per TV time out.  And we were able to do that a lot in the first half like Jerel said, we got away from it a little bit in the second half, but we were still able to fight and get this victory.

Q.  Talk about Lazar's game and it seemed like every time you guys got in trouble he hit a big shot and you guys looked for him and he made a shot.

WESLEY MATTHEWS:  Lazar said he's doing what he's supposed to do.  Lazar is a big time player.  I still don't think that he gives or gets enough credit for what he does with the opposing teams, which is fine for us.  If you want to play off Lazar, we'll pass it to him all the time and he'll keep doing what he's doing.  I think the two of us draw a lot of attention and Lazar, he's a smart player.  He's got a great basketball IQ.  He knows how to get open, he knows to get in the spots where we can find him.  And then he does the rest of it.

JEREL McNEAL:  Pretty much same thing Wesley just said.  A situation where me and him just draw so much attention, that's one of the things, that takes pressure off us as well as getting us open looks when we draw attention and Lazar is in the right spot we get him the ball and he's knocking down shots.  So that causes the defense to have to account for him a little bit more well too and that allows more drive angles and things like that that start to open up for us.

Q.  Coach said when you guys were in the Big East tournament you played three of your first defensive halves in the first year.  The first half, especially the first 12, 13 minutes you guys really shut down Utah.  What have you guys changed lately or how have you really been able to tighten up the defense?

JEREL McNEAL:  I don't think we changed a lot.  It was just more than anything with this team, I think it's just a mindset.  We're in a situation now where we're understanding that for to us win games and to be successful we got to be unbelievably a defensive team and that's not just a couple players, that's the entire team and everybody got to cover for each other and things like that.

But lately we have been working hard each and every day over the last couple weeks just to get that defensive edge back.  And I think it's here even though we're still not perfect by any means, we still got a lot that we can get better at that you're seeing a lot more stretches where we're shutting the opponent down.  But now the next step is to try to take away those stretches where they're scoring too much on us too.

Q.  For Lazar, you drew that fifth foul on Jared Quayle with about a 1:45 left in the game.  Were you aware of his foul situation and how big was that?

LAZAR HAYWARD:  I was definitely aware of his foul situation and the coaches make sure we were all aware.  When we had the ball they made sure we were attacking.  So it was definitely big for us in the outcome of the game.  We got the win, but you never know what may happen.  We could have got going into an overtime and he would have been out of the game, so we just always make sure we're aware of certain situations and fouls and making sure we were attacking the right way.

Q.  Talk about what it was like to play against Tai Wesley and the kind of game he had against you guys.  What made him
difficult to stop?

WESLEY MATTHEWS:  I think he's difficult for anybody.  He's a skilled big man and he works hard.  He knows the game well.  He's a smart player.  He uses his body, his positioning, to just make it tougher for any defender.  Then when you try to help he's a good passer and he plays off his teammates very well.  So I think that's what gives him his success.

THE MODERATOR:  We'll excuse Marquette's student athletes and thank them and congratulate them.  And now we'll take questions for Coach Williams.

Q.  Can you explain what seems to be almost a borderline obsession with the numbers where you learn this and how critical it is to sort of dictate how your team's going to play.

COACH WILLIAMS:  I probably was a little overboard yesterday in my comments and I know that I'm new to this forum.  It's probably not quite as "Rainman" as you think, but I do think this, I think when you're teaching 19  and 20  and 22 year old young men the game, I think any statistical evidence that you can give them to support your teaching, I think it gives them another perspective on how to absorb and comprehend what you're saying.

Just to holler and scream and say, Do this, do this, do this, I think sometimes if you can show them in a different light how to execute and why the execution is important, no matter whether that's on offense or defense, I think that anybody, I think in any sphere, in any profession I think if there's statistical evidence to back up what you believe to be true, I think that it helps everybody better absorb.

Q.  On that note, is there a number on the stat sheet beside the final score that explains why you won the game?

COACH WILLIAMS:  We don't    we study the stats, but really we derive a lot from the stat sheet.

Similar to what the guys were saying, as it related specifically to Utah, I thought that if we could get three consecutive stops per media time out we would win the game.

And in the second    or in the first half we did that  all but one media time out.  In the second half, we only did that once.  The last eight possessions that Utah had we stopped them five times.  The three times that we didn't, obviously it was the last shot of the game, the shot that No. 5 made, kind of off the glass there when Coach Morrill called time out after he made it and then the other time the previous possession we fouled Wesley.
 So I always look at rebounding because we're so size deficient, I always look at free throw makes, and then I always look at field goal percentage.  But I don't mean this to enhance the first question, but I have a pretty good feel for how many shots they have made.  Whether    I don't have to wait until the end of the game to look at a stat sheet.

Q.  Coach Williams, given your ability to get to the lane this year, how fitting was it that that ended up being one of the biggest keys to the game?

COACH WILLIAMS:  I think that    I appreciate you calling me "Coach Williams."  Not because I need my ego stroked, I think that just means that you respect what you're doing and you have pride in your profession.  That means a lot to me.

I think this:  Like I said yesterday, it's not so much free throw makes in relation to our guards it's free throw makes in relations to our team, because we do not score many points from post feeds or points from the post.  Lazar scored a lot of points today, but I don't know that more than two baskets were from the post.  So any time we can get up in that 19 to 20 to 23 range, it always gives us a chance.  It doesn't ensure us success, but it gives us a chance.

I think for the first 17 weeks of the season we were ranked in the top three and then it went to fourth and fifth and then since Dominic's injury we haven't shot near as many free throws.  And so for to us get back to where we were doing that like we have been doing it earlier was key for us.  It was definitely important.

Q.  Coach, what are your thoughts on being the better seed and having to come in here and play in front of such a big Utah crowd?

COACH WILLIAMS:  Oh, I was just    when they announced us last Sunday I was just thankful to see our name.  I'm not    I don't have a very good grasp of geography, so I wasn't sure where Boise, Idaho was in relationship to Logan, Utah.  And then once I found that out, I think it's good for college basketball.  I don't know that anybody in this room or anybody in the TV media or Internet media picked us to win.  So maybe it was due in part to their partial crowd, I don't know, but I think it's good.  I wish we could host one in Madison.  And maybe we can try to get that figured out and we can go there.

Q.  You talked about your free throw discrepancy and how you like to shoot more than the other team or make more than the other team shoots.  Utah has done that a lot this season as well, what played into it so that they only shot 8 this season?  Was it their aggressiveness or your defensive pressure?

COACH WILLIAMS:  I think one of the reasons that Utah has had the success that they have had is a lot of their shots where they get fouled come off actual shots.  We're a different team in relationship to how we get fouled.  We typically get fouled off penetration.  They're a team that typically gets fouled off shots.  So that leads directly to free throws every single time.  And I think that when they shoot the percentage that they shoot and when they shoot what they do from the free throw line, not percentage wise, I know it's really good, but when they shoot the volume of free throws that they do, that's really hard to beat.  That's really hard to beat.  But I think that for us to have a chance we definitely have to get to the free throw line, but ours comes a little different than theirs.  They manufacture their free throw attempts in a different manner than we do.

Q.  It looked like you were having a lot of trouble getting past their zone in the second half    they played a lot more zone in the second half.  Then when you got down six about five minutes to go, it changed and you were able to have success offensively from that point on.  What did you do differently at that point?

COACH WILLIAMS:  I think it was similar to what Jerel had to say, I think that our pace, we always talk about pace not just on offense but on defense.  The zones obviously tend to slow you down and to pull you down and I told our team at half time I anticipated that they would play the entire half in zone.  Not to be a prophet, but I just thought that that's what they were going to try to do to try to slow the game down and we did not attack it with pace, not off the pass or off the bounce.

And I thought that when we went on that stretch there where we started playing better what happened was we got two consecutive stops for the first time in the second half.  And that trended towards us being able to play in transition and so now the pace of what we're doing helps us and so the next time that we didn't get a stop and they were in zone our pace had kind of picked up.  So it's pace not just off penetration, it's pace off the bounce.

They were really good in the zone, they matchup really well out of their slides, their slides are not unique to a lot of zones, what they are really good at is bumping.  They want to keep as many guys matched up as they can and they do a great job bumping in their zone.

Q.  Coach Williams, I hate to ask you about the whole number thing again, but where does that kind of stem from?  Were you a math major or anything like that?

COACH WILLIAMS:  No, I wasn't smart enough.  I went to junior college out of high school.  I couldn't get into a four year school.

It comes probably from a lot of different things.  My father has a Master's Degree in chemistry and in mathematics and my grandfather quit school in the third grade and he taught himself how to count and how to read.  I spent a lot of time growing up with my grandfather and I learned how to count and I taught him how to multiply and divide using dollar bills.  And so that's just kind of how it started and there's some guys that I've hired on my staff that are more "Rainman" than I am.

And I think that we spend a lot of time when you watch tape of opponents, we watched every team that Utah has played this year that was televised in some sort of manner.  But in that 18 games that I've watched them play against Utah, not only do we watch it and study it, but we chart every single possession that they have on offense and defense.  So when they're on offense what play did they run?  Obviously they run a lot of play, within that play how did they score?  And within how they scored, who scored?  And so when you break it down is No. 5, is he a driver left or is he a driver right?  You can always say well he's lefts handed so he probably goes left.  So we give our guys statistics on this is what number 5 does.  This is what 24 does.  This is what 21 does.  21 is getting two offensive rebounds per game 5.8 for the game, and he got two offensive rebounds in the first half and that's why the first 12 or 13 minutes we were doing a great job.  And then he got two offensive rebounds in the last six minutes of the first half, that breaks your back when a point guard gets an offensive rebound.  So it's a combination of growing up the way I grew up and it's a combination of who I hired and how I like to teach in relationship to supporting what I believe to be true from a statistical standpoint.

Q.  Coach Williams.


Q.  For the game you guys shot 36 percent from the field and 26 percent from the three.  Was that due to their defense or were you just off a little bit tonight?

COACH WILLIAMS:  No, we always give credit to our opponent.  I thought we were okay in the first half I don't think we, I thought we were a little quick, at times, on four different possessions, I thought we were too quick offensively.  And then in the second half we were too slow.  And I don't mean slow in regards to when we shot the ball, I mean slow in regards to our pace, like I said earlier.

The man first half with I think they probably ran four or five possessions of zone and then exclusively for the most part except on missed shots or out of bounds plays they were in zone the entire second half.  And you could tell that they have watched the six games that we played without Dominic because a lot of teams have played us zone.

And it was in large part to them, it was partly due to the fact that we had poor pace in the second half, and when you have poor pace on offense it typically trends towards you having poor pace on defense which normally means you're getting the ball out of the basket.  And those two combined normally trend towards losing.

THE MODERATOR:  All right, thank you, Coach.



THE MODERATOR:  We'll go ahead and take a brief opening statement from Coach Morrill and then go right to questions for the student athletes.

COACH MORRILL:  Well, that was obviously an extremely tough loss.  We gave ourself a chance.  We got up six and we missed some open shots, we turned it over, we don't rebound a ball, all of those kind of things that can happen to you.  But we battled back in the second half and really gave ourselves a chance to win.  And as I told these guys, I can't be any prouder of a basketball team than I am of this group, whether we would have lost or would have won that game or the fact that we lost it.

We made some adjustments at half and they came out and competed.  I thought Marquette really did a great job of getting to the free throw line and that was probably the difference.  We had a really hard time guarding their quickness and strength.  Even though our field goal percentage was pretty good, you look at the free throws and that was probably the big stat.  But we did have a lot of chances.  We had open shots and good looks and they didn't go down.

THE MODERATOR:  Take questions for the student athletes.

Q.  Is it tough when you lose like this to not look at one shot or one play or one moment that kind of a what if?  Is it difficult not to do that?

GARY WILKINSON:  I think so.  I think there's, as athletes and competitors, I know for myself I look at things that I could have done differently.  I don't know if any of us hang it all upon ourselves and say, Oh, it is my fault this happened or this or that and I hope none of us do.  But there's obviously things that you think back on and if I would have made this play or would have been able to get to that ball or boxed out better on this, you think about those things and I think that's part of being an athlete and part of being a competitor.  It just goes along with that.

Q.  If you could just talk about the last three you took, how did it feel, was it a designed play, how did it set up?  It could have tied it at that point.

GARY WILKINSON:  It's a play that we have at the end of, you know, to get a shot like that.  It felt good coming off and it was right on.  It was just short.  That's just the way the ball bounces, I suppose.

Q.  Jared, this is probably your first game fouling out for the year.  Talk about how you viewed the game after you fouled out.  How big of a difference that made.

JARED QUAYLE:  It was difficult.  It was the first time I fouled out all year long and I didn't even mean to foul him at the end.  We just ran into each other.  I was just trying to get back to my man.  Sitting on the bench and watching the game it was hard because I wanted to be out there and I wanted to be bringing the ball up the court and having that opportunity to win the game or dishing it to somebody and having them hit the shot.  It was difficult.  I can't do anything about it now, you know, I got to hope for another chance.

Q.  Talk about the first half, it seemed like you guys really struggled to get any kind of rhythm going.

TAI WESLEY:  Yeah, we weren't really ready for their pressure, they were kind of taking us out of offense.  I think our defense was real good.  It was right where it needed to be.  We kind of just needed to find our rhythm on offense and we did that in the second half.  So kind of just came out slow in the first half offensively.

Q.  More detail please on the offense of the second half.  You guys were really able to get the ball deep in the post, you especially seemed to have your way with their bigs in the second half.  What were you doing differently to get the ball inside?

TAI WESLEY:  We were running our plays that were designed to get touches in the paint and that's what Coach talked to us about at half time.  That we really needed to, since they were pressuring us out so much that we needed to attack inside.  We needed to get paint touches from our post and that's what we really focused on at half time and it worked for us.

Q.  Jared, as one of the smaller players on the court you actually led the team in rebounding, what do you attribute your rebounding prowess to?

JARED QUAYLE:  I don't know.  I just love going after the ball.  I try to watch where it's going to hit off the rim and then I just try to get myself into position to be there and for me I'm fortunate the ball usually bounces my way and I just jump up and grab it.

Q.  Gary, when Coach Williams was talking about when you guys took a six point lead with about five minutes to go that they tried to pick up the pace and make the pace a bit faster.  Could you sense that and what was your mindset when you have a six point lead with five minutes to go?

GARY WILKINSON:  I think our mindset was exactly the opposite.  The tempo was a huge part of this game.  I think that when in the second half we controlled tempo.  When we got the six point lead I thought we needed to stay consistent.  Do what we were doing.  We did get sped up a little bit and we didn't, like Coach said, we had a couple turnovers or whatever, didn't grab some loose balls, some rebounds and that kind of changed the direction the game was headed, but up to that point we did a great job of controlling the tempo and that's the way it goes.

Q.  Talk about being down trying to stay patient when you guys were down 14 and working back into the game.

TAI WESLEY:  We knew we could play with Marquette, so we just needed to really settle down.  It really hurt us that we got down so much in the first half.  We wanted to come out and jump on them like we did against Nevada.  But it didn't really work out that way.

We knew we could get back into the game.  We battled back from deficits like that before.  So we just needed to be patient and grind it out.

Q.  Would you talk about how you think this experience today will help you personally in the future and the team next year?

TAI WESLEY:  Yeah, the NCAA tournament is a big deal.  It's our dream, it's our goal starting off as little guys.  And now I don't think I'm going to be so big eyed, so deer in the headlight kind of attitude.  We got police driving in front of us to come to the game.  I mean, all the hype won't be there.  I'll know what I'm getting into and I think as a young team we all know what we're getting into.  So hopefully we can get back here next year.

THE MODERATOR:  All right.  We'll excuse these gentlemen and we'll take questions to Coach Morrill.

Q.  Are you a stat guy?  Coach Williams was up here and he was reeling off all kinds of stats.  How much do you pay attention to statistics and use it in preparation?

COACH MORRILL:  Not like I've heard he does.  I've been doing this a long time.  I pretty much coach with instinct and what    you're always going to look at some stats, but I think you can get overly wound up in statistics.

You look at this game, it doesn't take a genius to figure out them getting to the free throw line was huge and that we were stunned by their athleticism and pressure initially in the game.  We had a really hard time executing because they were    their quickness and strength and those kind of things.

But once we kind of settled in and we just stayed on course and talked at half time about that we were going to go out and have a chance to make this a really good basketball game and that's what happened.  It's really disappointing that we get up six and don't capitalize.  We had, gosh, we had some great shots that didn't go down.  And give them all the credit in the world, we got to the free throw line, they shoot basically an air ball, might have grazed the rim and rebound it.  If we come up with that rebound, we come down and turn it over.  I mean, there's just a number of plays you can look at that if they have a couple of those open threes go down, it's probably our game.

But they have got an experienced group, they got a group that's been through a whole lot together, and they weren't going to fold under the pressure, they were going to keep playing and they did a good job.

Q.  Tai's last statement and what you said initially that you guys may have been stunned by them at first, do you think that was the story of the first half?

COACH MORRILL:  Well, I think they did a great job.  Their pressure and we were having a hard time getting the ball into the areas that we normally get it into and they were really bodying us out of the post.  My experience in the NCAA's is it's going to be physical.  There's not oftentimes a game is called very tight.  And this game was not called very tight.  It was, you were allowed to be physical out there and, yeah, they're a good Big East team and I think initially we haven't seen that kind of pressure in our league necessarily.

But we adjusted and we got the game at a decent tempo and got right back in it in the second half and there you go.  It was a really good basketball game from there on out.

Q.  Can you talk just a little bit about the play of Jared Quayle.  Seemed like he gave you guys the spark towards the end of the first half there and then in the second half when you guys needed momentum he hit some big shots.

COACH MORRILL:  For a while he was the only one that could score.  At half time we had three guys who had scored and not near enough points, obviously.  Jared's a kind of a sneaky athlete.  He's very vertical, he can go by you better than you think he should.  He has just has had a phenomenal year out of junior college and obviously he's been a big part of the year we have had and fortunately tonight he played very well.

Q.  Coach Morrill, you guys, like you said, you only had three guys score at half time, you had three bench points in the game and that was on a last second three pointer by Jackson.  How big a factor did the bench play in this game, not being able to give you guys a real offensive lift off the bench?

COACH MORRILL:  I don't think they got much time.  Stavon got some time, and the nature of post season and tournament play and conference and then when you get to the post season a lot of times your comfort level is with your guys who have played the most minutes.  And Stavon got some really good looks and got more minutes under the circumstances, no one else got a lot of minutes, so I don't think in fairness to them I can criticize our bench play at all.

You know, for one thing, the time outs last about 10 to 15 minutes, so the guys can rest.  So you're going to keep your players out there longer.  I don't think Marquette had a lot of guys playing minutes either off their bench.

Q.  Along those lines, how badly did you need someone else besides those three guys to score, whether it was a starter or off the bench that really just opened things up?  It seemed like they were able to key on those three because no one else could hit the basket?

COACH MORRILL:  We just needed a couple baskets is all we needed.  It wasn't like we were down 20 and needed all this stuff, we just needed to make a couple open shots when we were up.  And they didn't go down.  That's basketball.  So, yeah, it would have been nice had we made those, but we didn't.

Q.  Can you talk a little bit about your plan of attack, how you guys were able to get back from down 14 and take the lead?

COACH MORRILL:  Well, our whole year has been based around playing through our posts.  The only way we were going to have a chance to get back in the game was to do just that.  And it was either, you know, it was at least you knew that, okay, we didn't start doing things that we can't do, we went with what got us here.  That was the whole plan of attack in the second half is to play through Gary and Tai.  And obviously Tai had a big second half and things started going our way there for a while and we were in good shape with five minutes to go.  Just couldn't close it out.  And that again is a credit to Marquette.

Q.  With 19, 20 seconds left you guys got the rebound on the missed free throw.  What was the play called, the defensive matchups that were you hoping to take advantage of and it ended up with Gary's 3 pointer.  Just in your words.

COACH MORRILL:  We just run what we call a quick in that situation.  You don't have a lot of time, we're trying to get the ball up the floor and run a high wheel option ball screen where Gary is the roll up man and he got a decent look, not a great look, but he got a decent look.  And any time you're down to the towards the end of the game, you have to    I'm not a big believer in letting them set their defense and all of that.  We tried to fly the ball up the court and got a decent look and it didn't go down.

Q.  When the game changed the first four or five minutes of the second half, you came out, it seemed like, just wanting to move the ball much quicker, way more aggressive than you had been.  Specifically did you talk about that in the locker room?

COACH MORRILL:  You know, it was all positive in the locker room.  There was no point, our guys knew that it had been a struggle and my whole point with them was we were going to make it a game, we were going to have a chance to win going down the stretch.  We have had a lot of times like this this year that we have rallied back and found a way to win games then.

So yeah, I think the kids came out feeling like that they hadn't played as well as they could and played much, much better.  We shoot a high percentage.  Just too many fouls.  Too many fouls and they kept scoring from the line.  That was the frustrating part.

Q.  Coach Morrill, with this post season and previous post seasons in the past, what experience or new experiences will this team, this nucleus be able to draw from this experience and bring it back next year?

COACH MORRILL:  Well, you know, there's no guarantees.  I mean, what everybody would like to say is that, Hey, okay, now we'll be back next year.  And, you know, but we're not a league that's getting five or six or seven bids.  It's very, very difficult to get here.

We hope to have a good basketball team again next year, we have had a lot of good basketball teams.  But the last thing I want to do is act like we're automatically going to be back in the NCAA tournament.  That's crazy.  That's absurd.

We'll start up again in October and see what we can do.  But certainly post season experience is positive and we have had a number of years where we have went back to back, you know.  And gosh, that will be our goal.  We'll go see if we can get that done.  But the last thing I'm going to do is put too much pressure on our kids.  The nature of our ten years of post season and all of that, they feel enough, they feel enough pressure without me applying pressure.

Q.  Coach, you said something about being stunned by their athleticism and their quickness at the beginning of the game.  In the regular season you probably didn't get to play very many teams with athletes like Marquette has.  I realize scheduling for the Utah's of the world isn't just call whoever you want, but are you going to try and get maybe teams like Marquette one or two on your regular season schedule so that you're not surprised when you see in the NCAA tournament?

COACH MORRILL:  Yeah, and they're going to come back to Logan, right?  (Laughter.)  Why are you laughing?

Absolutely, we're going to try like hell.  We're going to try like hell to get those teams on our schedule.  But it's got to be fair.  It's got to be fair.  I mean, we'll play them on a neutral or play them on a TV game, but, you know, what you're talking about is us going to their place and playing and that ain't fair.  So you know, we'll    I would love to get more of those games on our schedule.  That would be great.  We'll try.

THE MODERATOR:  All right, thank you, Coach.

COACH MORRILL:  Thank you.