Rutgers Guard Corey Sanders Excited for Florida Homecoming, Big Battle at Miami

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- While discussing Miami's road trip as just another game, Rutgers guard Corey Sanders can't smother all of the excitement of a game in front of family and friends. The Florida native previews his first game in the Sunshine State as a Scarlet Knight and more.

Rutgers guard Corey Sanders on playing at Miami...

You know I get to go home, so that's a good thing and get to enjoy some good weather but it's just a business trip. I watched them play last night, and I've seen they lost two games back to back so I know they're going to be at our heads. I know we've got to come in here today and practice hard and make sure we pay attention to details.”

On Miami's film...

They're very athletic. They're long, fast. They've got good guards and stuff like that. It's going to be a real challenge for us.”
On the test Miami creates...

I don't think we've played a team as good as Miami yet. I feel like we're just going to have to really pay attention to what Coach has in the game plan today and tomorrow. Focus on the personnel and stuff like that. We've just got to get ready. … It's just one of those wins we're trying to get on our resume. It's a good team. To participate in the Big Ten, a win like this would really show people that we've got what it takes to participate in the Big Ten. I'm just ready for it.”

On managing expectations...

To me, it's just another game. We've got to pay attention to details like I've been saying. I know it's not going to be easy. We know it's not going to be easy. Coach knows it's not going to be easy, so we're just going to try to work hard and then go down there and try to get a win.”

On playing in home state...

I definitely have some people down there. Some people that haven't been down to see me play in college yet, so it will be a good thing for those people and I've got some tickets for them. It will be a good homecoming game.”

On expected friend and family turnout...

About 25.”

On feedback since comeback win over Hartford...

I don't really too much worry about the feedback. I worry about feedback from coaches and stuff. We have a lot of things that we need to work on from the Hartford game. I was glad that we were able to rally back and fight back the way that we did. That showed a lot to me, just about our team. That's all I really got from that. Coach said the other day, don't play with your record. Last game, we were playing with our record, that 6-0 record. I'm just glad that we toughed it out and we're 6-0 right now. … It showed that we've got what it takes to fight. We knew we were going to hit adversity at some time. They were hitting shots. I think they were like 75 percent from the field at one point. We were just able to lock down that last five minutes and went on a 20-5 run. It showed that when we want to play defense, when we want to we can do it but we've got to do that the whole 40 minutes – not just five minutes in the game.”

On what the coaching staff is like when playing from behind...

Coach Pikiell is great. He's poised. He's been there before. You can really tell that. He doesn't go over there and yell at us and stuff. He's like, 'guys this is what we need to do.' Stick to the game plan and we'll come out on top. That's what we've been doing. I love what coach Pikiell, how he handles it. I just love what he says.”


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