Cage: Urgency important on Thursday

He's one of two Commodores that have been to the NCAA Tournament before. The NCAA sent Vanderbilt almost as far away as it could to the NCAA but that doesn't matter to Cage, "As long as there is a round ball and two rims. We are excited and hopefully we'll be able to go out there and perform to the best of our abilities," said Cage.

Growing up in basketball crazy Indiana Dan Cage knows the importance of the NCAA Tournament. Cage's parents both went to Indiana and he's experienced first hand March Madness in a state obsessed with basketball, "I remember when I was a kid in school and they'd roll in the TVs we'd be running around in class when we were supposed to be studying history but instead we're watching the games on television." commented Cage.

Although Cage himself is not partial to the Hoosiers his parents are and luckily for them Indiana will also be playing in Sacramento although not as part of Vanderbilt's region.

Cage has one goal: to keep this Commodore career going as long as possible. Cage knows the bitter, hollow feeling of losing in the NCAA and seeing his season come to an abrupt halt. The Commodores fell to Connecticut in Phoenix during the 2004 Sweet 16. This season, Cage and Skuchas along with Derrick Byars who later joined the team after transferring from Virginia, are seniors and losing in the NCAA takes on an even bigger significance.

"If we don't perform well on Thursday George Washington is going to beat us and we are going to lose. We need to come out that kind of urgency; we need to play every single possession like it's our last. Every team at this point is fighting for their lives and that's the nature of post season, that's why it's exciting and that's why it's fun.

Cage and his teammates get their first test on Thursday in Sacramento when the Commodores face George Washington at 4:10 p.m. CST.


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