It's two very pivotal home games for us. But if we're fortunate enough to get them, it's been one heck of a regular season and we try to get some momentum going into the Big Ten tournament.
We know how difficult the first eight (games) were in this league. Now the tension, the pressure, the battles that are going to happen in the next eight probably are going to intensify.
Its something coach Knight used to always do. Its a long season. Its a grind. Back when I played, there were 18 (conference) games. It gets to be very long and can mentally really wear your team down.
That's always been a key in close games. We've got to continue to be aggressive offensively. We've got to continue to move our feet defensively.
We know we're down to five games (in the regular season). We have to do our part we have to play well.
That's a heck of a stretch. Now we've got two very big home games coming up, and we have to win those games and hope something else happens.
We're going to enjoy this for 48 hours. I'm glad we don't play till Friday because playing three games of this caliber in three straight days, it gives us an extra day to get some rest.
We're 7-2 in the nine games since that came up. That tells everybody where our focus has been.
Since we got back from Michigan State, we didn't just talk about Indiana. We started talking about this week. We've grouped these two games together.
When good players get going, they are hard to stop, and Jeff is a good player. He got going and it was hard for them to stop him just like it was hard for us to stop Vincent.
Jeff can get going. Jeff's a very good player. And when good players get going, they're hard to stop.
When good players get going, they're hard to stop, and Jeff's a good player.
He's a load in the paint, and I think he's a big key to their team. He's great with either hand, and they really like to get it inside to him.
Our recruiting efforts have been built on establishing positive relationships, and that was a key factor in Tyler choosing our program. I appreciate the hard work (associate head coach) Craig Neal puts forth in his recruiting efforts. Those efforts are paying dividends for the program.
I hope it's because our guys keep getting better. We've had a trend here (where) we keep getting better later in the year. That's a good trend.
We should have some pretty good information on them.
I think he was mad at me for the four minutes he sat. But he practices this hard. You should have seen Monday's practice he was on the floor right away. A lot of other guys would have been hesitant with the injury that he had. But he was ready to play the Drake game. That's just who Jeff is.
It's a tremendous win for our program. We're in the midst of a special journey. We're trying to win something. It's going to be an incredible battle, but this was a big hurdle.
Obviously a tremendous, tremendous win for our team and our program. We're in the midst of a very special journey right now.
It was a great journey this year. It's hard for the seniors that their last game had to be like this.
In a game like this, you really rely on your leadership.
Just having to learn to play with the brace, that's probably the most cumbersome thing. He's going to have to wear it until mid-February.
I just thought they exploited us every way we could be exploited. We seemed to be a step behind. They're quick and athletic, and we just seemed to not have quite the energy level that we hoped to have.
Everybody thought they'd be a very, very good team, but it's kind of hard to duplicate what they did a year ago. And yet, here they are going into conference play undefeated again.
I thought all the teams were going to be better in our league, with maybe the exception of Illinois. I thought they'd be very good.
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