"It is what is and we just have to adjust to the situation as well. It's obvious to me that South Carolina will be really ready. It's obvious to me that they are an improved basketball team compared to last year. Their style of play presents a challenge. They are a pressing, running team. Obviously that is something we do. And we understand how effective it can be and you have to be ready for it.
"They have two outstanding guards. Most people will agree when you have two outstanding guards you have a chance to win the basketball game. It's not that they don't have other good players because they certainly do when you look at their lineup but Downey and Frederick are special.
"It's a rivalry game. All the cliches apply. In this particular case both teams are having good years and that adds a little spice to it. Both teams are at a place where they'd like to take it to the next level. There is more riding on it. The intensity level is up and both teams are playing with emotion and passion."