"It's been a fun ride and it's been a fantastic year. We've enjoyed almost all of it. There were probably four nights that we didn't enjoy as much as the rest of it, but it was a fantastic time in Memphis. Memphis has been pretty good to me. Our team was there in '97 and we won both games, so we went back this time and won both games. Had ribs at Rendezvous two nights, maybe even three – it was good."
Do you build momentum at different levels of the NCAA Tournament?
"I do believe that you build your momentum once you get in the tournament. You start feeling better about yourself, you start building confidence and playing better. And then the better you play, you get more confidence and I think that's part of it. You've heard me say this before, but I think that's pretty deep. That's for the psychologists. What the [heck] we do is coach basketball and the guys play basketball and we try to play the best we can. If we play better than the other guy, then we win."
Is it a benefit having played at Ford Field earlier this year?
"Everybody's going to talk about it. They'll be a little familiar with it, but I've played some golf courses 100 times and stunk every time, and I've played some for the first time and it was the best I ever played in my life. So I think that's the way it is. If we play well, everybody's going to say, ‘That was a great advantage for you playing up here.' And if we play poorly, it's not going to be any difference.
"For me, it's a little bit of a significance for me as a coach, because I know that I'm not going to waste the first time minutes sitting in that one spot trying to figure out how in the dickens I can see what's going on at the other end of the court, because as you know, the court level is raised. And it did take until the second television timeout when we were up there until I felt comfortable so I could see what was going on. But with the players, I don't think it's that big of a deal."
On the Memphis Regional cookie scandal:
"Think about this – they've got five players and one coach up there, and they've got all of these waters and you've got to pour them in these little cups that's got their logo that they make their money [on]. I always make them mad, because I carry Coca-Cola cans and things like that. But back there they have this holding room for us, and we walk back in there and they've got one dadgum cookie. I'm not talking about a big cookie, I'm talking about one little cookie, and it's me and five players. So I chastised them a little bit, and the next day it was great – we had three dozen cookies back there. It was a good deal."
On Ty Lawson joining him on the All-America team:
"I think the way Ty's been playing this year – I'm kind of biased, but I think he deserves first team honors. I think he's been playing really well for us in key stretches. But yeah, we're up there with some good company and we're very proud."
On the team's performance thus far:
"I think we played well in some stretches, but I don't think Coach is ever satisfied with what we're doing. I think there's always room for improvement, and he'll agree. But I think we're happy to be back there and we'll work on some things that we want to improve on in practice."
Do you feel like you're a more experienced and more knowledgeable team heading to the Final Four this year compared to last?
"Yeah, I think so. I think we learned a lot. We didn't have the trip that we wanted to last year, but we learned from it and we know how to handle ourselves and the situation."
What have you enjoyed the most other than winning basketball games over the last four years?
"I was talking with Bobby [Frasor] on the plane ride back and we were talking about how we couldn't believe this time was almost up. We were talking about how we're going to miss the funny times in the locker room, laughing at the jokes and at Mike Copeland and some of our other teammates. Hanging out with the guys off the court and going out and having fun."
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