NCAA Thurs.: UVM PC (w/audio)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's Thursday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from Vermont head coach John Becker, Matt Glass and Four McGlynn, who spoke to the media at the Greensboro Coliseum.

John Becker
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Opening comments:
"Real excited to be here in Greensboro. It's been a whirlwind the last 48 hours coming down from Dayton, but we're really happy to be here. Looking forward to playing North Carolina tomorrow. Huge task in front of us, but we're confident, loose group and looking forward to the challenge in front of us tomorrow."

Obviously you guys are trying to defy history here. What's your approach tactically and even more importantly psychologically addressing your guys?
"The big thing is we're very confident, but we understand the task in front of us and our guys understand that no 16 seed has ever won. But I told the guys, mathematically we can't win this game; no one's ever won this game. But Murphy's law says it's going to happen at some point and why not us? So we're taking that approach, just making the guys believe. We got a game plan, and there's something about this group and I believe in these guys, and we're going to come out expecting to win tomorrow and try to hang around. And the longer we can hang around, the better it will be and we'll see what happens."

Obviously the team's been doing defensively so well this year. Now you're going up against a lot more firepower. What's the approach there?
"We just have to continue to be ourselves and do what we do. Every team in this tournament at this point has gotten here playing a certain way and we can't really deviate from that. North Carolina obviously is going to be the best team we have played all year and we're going to have to play a perfect game. But we have to approach this from a defensive standpoint and do things that we have done all year. Obviously we're going to have to do some stuff we have done against different opponents all year. We'll have to do it better. We'll have to do it perfectly every time, but we'll see. And we have been pretty good defensively and hopefully we can have another performance in us like we have had recently."

I believe that you were picked to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack preseason in the America East. When you took over as head man and took a look at this group, did you think it had a championship capability?
"I did. We're young. We start three sophomores, we play five sophomores, our leading scorer is a freshman, and that was the thing that worried me, the experience issue. We have great kids and I knew they would be coachable. I hoped they would buy in and they did. But I was just worried about the experience thing and were we a year away. I knew this was a championship team with the characters and the talent we had on the team, I just didn't know if we were maybe a year away."

As we talk right now, Syracuse is being taken to the wire with the 16 seed. Can you use that to instill confidence in your team and will you?
"Yeah, absolutely. I hope Syracuse holds on so we can be possibly the first, but, yeah, absolutely. And there's been a lot of close calls, and so we'll definitely use Asheville's performance today as something to talk about and give our guys some confidence."

You guys talked about in days leading up to the tournament about the honor of being in the first four, but now that you got through how much more does it mean to you and to the program to get to the Thursday and Friday games here?
"It's real exciting and to get our second NCAA victory in Dayton or in our school's history in Dayton was fantastic and something we'll never forget. To get two games in the NCAA tournament is exciting and, yeah, to be here and that first four thing, there's only 68 teams left in the other tournament, 68 teams in this tournament that everyone's trying to get to, the best tournament in the world. And so we're honored to be in the first four. But now that we're in the final 64, it's even better and the police escorts get better as you move along, that's for sure."

Matt Glass & Four McGlynn
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You guys obviously were in Dayton a couple of days ago but how much does it mean for the time to now get to the real March Madness here?
"It means a lot. We were obviously very excited to be in Dayton and it was an unbelievable opportunity for us and just very happy that we were able to advance and now have another great opportunity in front of us now. So we couldn't be more excited."

John Henson's situation, I guess he's uncertain to play tomorrow. Does that-- I know you guys focus more on you, but does that affect anything in your preparation? Any thoughts about preparing for them not knowing if he's going to be there to block a shot or grab a rebound?

"Obviously he's a huge difference maker on the defensive end, and he's a big offensive threat as well. So it does make a difference, but they're so deep at that position they got so many different weapons that they can hurt you with and so we're going to have our hands full no matter who's out there. And we just need to focus on what we can do to be successful and try to compete."


Obviously you guys are a huge underdogs here, number 16 seed going up against a number 1. No one's ever done that before. What's the mindset of the team going into this?
"We're going into the game as confident as we have been all year. We have been playing great as of late, been on a pretty good winning streak, and we know that everyone's doubting us. But at the end of the day, it comes down to 12 guys on our team and the coaches in the locker room that believe in us and we're going to believe in each other and go out there and fight and hopefully come out with a win."

Can you walk us through how you got Four as opposed Patrick or whatever? Why Four?
"Yeah, my uncle played with one of his good friends in high school. They called him Four because he was the fourth generation. And my dad named me Patrick which made me Patrick McGlynn, IV. So my uncle thought it would be cool if they called me Four and started calling me ever since I was a baby and it kind of just stuck from there."

Were you okay with that? Is that all you've ever known or do you say don't call me that or did you always like it?
"I kind of always liked it. I liked having a name that nobody else that I knew had, so it was cool being different."

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