During Thursday's open media, guard Trey McKinney Jones offered his thoughts on the Canes' upcoming contest.
On how the adversity the team went though this season will affect them in the tournament:
"I think the adversity has helped us. There's been a few times where the losses have really brought us together. I think the losses we had late in the season really brought us together. We had to go back to the basics and not get too far ahead of ourselves. We just need to play one game at a time and that's going to help us."
On getting excited to play Pacific:
"No one on our team has been here before, so I think that's enough to get us all amped up. I think one of our players was here his redshirt year but he didn't get to play. For everybody else, this is their first time in the NCAA Tournament. I think that's enough to get everybody amped up.
"Our first game we lost to Florida Gulf Coast so, because of that, we know we can't take any team for granted. We have to come play one hundred percent every game.
On the team wanting to prove themselves:
"That's what it's all about. A lot of people still don't believe in us as much as we do. We just have to go out there and prove everyone else wrong, but at the same time just play our game and not worry about that too much."
Miami-Pacific tips off Friday at 1:27pm CST from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.