Morgan Big 12 Teleconference

Iowa State head coach Wayne Morgan spoke with the conference media on Monday about his team's upcoming home matchup with Missouri on Wednesday, and offered up some comments on the 2-3 zone. Here is a transcription.

On team's chances of playing in postseason:

"Right now we're just trying to get comfortable with the idea of playing Missouri in two days and trying to win that game. I can only go a day at a time. I'm trying to figure out everything I've got to do in practice today to get ready for Missouri on Wednesday. That's a little bit to far ahead for me. I'm a day to day guy and not a week to week guy."

On confidence of team that has locked up winning record:

"Let's put it this way, it didn't help our confidence yesterday against Nebraska. You've got to play to win and we've got to play every day. Every day you play is a new day and you have to do it that way. But does it help to win games and come off of wins going into other games, knowing that you have the ability to win? It really helps. Winning helps your confidence.

On change up for him using a non-traditional zone defense:

"I've used it since I left Syracuse and done a couple of other things, zone-wise. Jim (Boeheim) has had tremendous influence nationally with a 2-3 zone. Texas played a lot of 2-3 zone and Rick Barnes has said publicly that he's called Jim and talked to him about it to see how it works. Kelvin Sampson is using a 2-3 zone. They're using a 2-3 zone at Kansas State. Every team in our conference is playing a 2-3 zone, with the exception of Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

"I think there is a trickle-down effect (from Syracuse). Maybe Rick Barnes is using it because he's friends with Jim from when he was at Providence. I've used it since I'm a disciple of Jim's. Other people have seen games where that 2-3 zone has been a factor and hurt other people, then emulated it.

"Has it caught on like wildfire, probably like the motion where every single person was using it after '76? Probably not quite that radical, but I do think people have emulated it."

On change in team from last time it played Missouri:

"I think we're a better team than when we played Missouri. We have a better idea of each other. I also think that if we get into a position with the lead and have a chance to win a game, we have a better idea of how to do that. That's where we are. The kids that are playing have a comfort level, because I only have six kids that are playing."

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