Browne, Phillips Detail NYC, NC State

West Virginia faces what head coach Bob Huggins called perhaps its toughest challenge of the nonconference season against NC State in the Gotham Classic on Saturday. Here, guards Gary Browne and Tarik Phillip delve into the contest - and what it means to play in and grow up near the World's Most Famous Arena.

Browne, who played on WVU's last Big East squad as a freshman, noted that he thought he would be coming to play in MSG annually, only to see the Mountaineers move from the Big East to the Big 12.Now a senior, the point guard says he will try to inform the younger players of the arena's importance, as well as the nature of enjoying the city while handling the trip as a business matter.

Phillip, who grew up in Brooklyn, just across the East River from Manhattan, discusses what the Garden represents to players from that area, locations where he would like hi teammates to visit, his personal connections with the facility and what he expects out of a game NC State team against which West Virginia must close out effectively and control the solid outside shooting.


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