McConnell not getting caught up in dream

It has always been T.J. McConnell's dream to make the NCAA Tournament. Now that he is here, McConnell is making sure he does not get carried away in it. Read on to see how he is approaching the tournament, his thoughts on Weber State, and more.

T.J. McConnell's dream was to make the NCAA Tournament, but now that he is finally here, he is approaching it like a normal game.

"It was a dream of mine to play in the NCAA tournament and now that I am here, we have to play like any other game this season," McConnell said.

Although no 16 seed has ever beaten a one, McConnell is being careful to make sure that he is not looking past Weber State.

"Obviously this is the first time I have been to a NCAA Tournament," McConnell said. "I have been approaching it like any other game.

"Just approaching it like we are playing a team in the Pac-12 or a regular team out of conference. You can't overlook anybody and that is how I have been approaching it."

McConnell was able to take a moment to step back and reflect on the experience, but admits that it did not last very long.

"A little bit, but you have to kind of get over that and be ready to play," he said. "I can't too hyped, just have to be ready to play. We can't overlook an opponent and Weber State is very good."

Arizona is obviously a good defensive team, but Weber State is going to force it to remain disciplined in its assignments.

"We have to be ready and play like we have all year to beat them," McConnell said. "They all can shoot and they have a real talented big man inside. They are very well coached and a disciplined team."

McConnell will be helping Nick Johnson guard Davion Berry, who should pose one of the biggest challenges of the season.

"Berry was the Big Sky Player of the Year and deservedly so," McConnell said. "We were watching film and he is a big time player. Nick and I will switch up on him and we both need to be ready to guard him. He pretty much does everything and he is a talented player."

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