A starter of 10 games during his freshman season, Terry Rozier will be expected to ignore the increasing national attention and play well during the post season.
"It's going to be real exciting," said Rozier, who scored 30 total points in the two prior meetings against Rutgers. "I'm just a freshman, but it is something that I am looking forward to being with my teammates. It's grind time, it's tournament time. We are all looking forward to it and we are preparing like Louisville does, like we do any other game."
Playing an average of 20 minutes a game, Rozier is averaging 7.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. His .382 three-point accuracy is the highest of any freshman in the ACC and ranks among the league's top 15. He's been very effective with the ball in his hand, committing just 18 turnovers with 58 assists (3.22 assists/turnover ratio).
As if the experience of your first post season didn't provide enough pressure, doing so as the defending national champions adds a bit more. According to Rozier, that is exactly what the team wants as tournament play begins.
"There's a little pressure, but this is what we want," he told Cardinal Authority. "It's grind time and we are looking forward to it. We can't wait to see what happens, because we've been working hard in practice."
Earlier this week, Rozier was announced as a member of the AAC All-Rookie team.
"It feels real good," he said. "It just makes you want to work harder and keep playing. I couldn't have done that without my teammates."