NCAA: Herb Sendek Audio + Quotes

DALLAS, TX -- NC State head coach Herb Sendek met with the media today to discuss the game against Cal. Here is a sampler of what he had to say.

Herb Sendek (7:02)

"It's great to be back in the NCAA Tournament and looking forward to the challenge tomorrow."

"He's certainly a tremendous player. It seems like we're on a run of guys who have a great presence inside. He just seems to always attract at least one other defender. As a result, it really opens things up for the Cal offense."

"Ilian is thankfully getting better. He's better off than he has been. Ilian is a very tough-minded competitor."

"He's done a great job at Eastern Michigan and now at Cal, making sure he has a good assembly of great players. He fields a team that is really talented. I think coach does a great job of orchestrating his system to fit the strengths of his team. He's had a terrific coaching career, that's for sure."

"[Gavin Grant] continues to embrace an expanded role for our team. I think his confidence right now is at an all-time high. He really is playing his career-best basketball."

"It's more than psychology. It's truth. We didn't fabricate any clips that we showed them. They actually did all of those things, and they have enjoyed a terrific season. It is important we recognize that we have this wonderful opportunity for the body of work that we have accomplished and we don't isolate our season to the very end."

"It's a fresh beginning. It's a great honor to be a part of this tournament."

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