Saturday Press Conference Quotes
March 17, 2001
Head Coach Mark Few, Gonzaga University - Opening Statement
Did your team bring the white jerseys and are you superstitious about wearing them for the first time in the NCAA tournament?
It appeared that Virginia may have committed an inbounding violation at the end of yesterday's game. Did you see it and were you prepared to bring it up with the officials?
Compare your conference to the more major conferences or those which get more media attention.
"I don't give it a lot of thought and I don't get into generalizations. I don't think there really is a power conference in basketball. Maybe in football with the BCS or something but not in basketball. Based on the past three years of Gonzaga basketball we have proven ourselves to be a premiere basketball school. Dan Dickau and Casey Calvery are the type of players who could play anywhere if you ask me. There are skilled players in every conference but you have to look at each individual school to judge for sure."
What is the tension level on playing Indiana State after their first NCAA tournament win in 22 years?
Indiana State is coached by a Bob Knight disciple. Do you see that in ISU's style of play?
Gonzaga Player quotes -
How are you taking an approach to this game -
Casey Calvary - "We are going into this game just like we do all our games. Their team is good and we are excited to play them. We are taking the the same approach. They have some good talent and they run their offensese well but we are going to do the best we can so we can advance.
What do you know about Indiana State's point guard Michael Menser?
Dan Dickau - "Menser is a great point guard. He is a great shooter coming off the dribble and off screens. He has the ball in his hands quite a bit and can do alot with it. We heard he led the country in assist to turnover ratio. That is a great statistic. We have to control his penetration and cannot allow Menser to many good looks."
Different word you can descibe Gonzaga rather than a Cinderella story -
Dan Dickau - "Damn Good Team"
Would you say you have been a constant on this team -
Casey Calvary - "It is a challenge every year to get to the tournament. I have been here every year but my role has changed as I have gotten older. Our offense has changed but getting here is a uphill battle.
How has the fan support been and their reaction so far in the tournament
Dan Dickau - "It has been great. Just talking to my parents there has been alot of support here in Memphis and of course Spokane.
What does Casey mean to your team?
Dan Dickau - He affects the whole program and works harder than everyone. His leadership is huge both on and off the floor. He sets the tone for everything we do.
Difference between the big conferences and smaller conferences?
Dan Dickau - "If you take maybe the top two players in the bigger conference and match them with the top two players in another conference the players in the big conference are better. Sometimes the players that have more athleticism they may miss out and some fundamentals. We understand things and learn the little things about the game. If you as a player do not get better by the time you are a senior it is your fault. The coaches want you to reach your potential but you have to also."
Zach Gourde - "Dickau and Calvary are a good cross-section of our team. They are very articulate both on and off the floor and represent our team well."
Indiana State Quotes
Indiana State Head Coach Royce Waltman
"The things we've said to our kids all year, the kind of team we've put together, the expecdtations that we've built, that's all been taken care of. If we've done a good enough job of that, they intend to go farther, or they're satisfied."
Commenting on Gonzaga:
Commenting on NCAA RPI ranking:
"Our four experienced guys, Menser, Renn, Block, and Geesen, they had goals to get into the tournament all along and win. I think they intend to try to win more than one game. Whether that rubs off on the yournger guys or not, we'll see, although I thought our freshmen accountged for themselves very well yesterday."
"Ever since we lost Geesen for the year it limited us in how we can play. . . now, since we're so thin inside, we just can't take a risk of foul trouble, so it's sory of handcuffed us into always playing small."
On what he told his players earlier:
"I think Dickau is the best point guard we will have faced this year. He's really good. He can score, he can get scoring from other people, he's fearless in the way he does things. And then their inside game, they always go to the basket. We haven't played anybody who's that aggressive on the perimeter and in the post."
Indiana State Player Quotes
(On yesterday's turnaround -- being injured and then coming back) "The biggest thing when I got hurt was a headache. My teeth were fine -- they were all over the place. When I got to the back (locker room) and sat down, the headache wore off and I wanted to go back and play and the doctor said that was fine."
(on what happened after the game with his teeth) "It wasn't too bad. I think that during the overtime, they called ahead and got the appointment set. So, when the game was over, I went to the dentist and they did three root canals."
03/22/2018 - Gonzaga Falls to Florida State in Sweet 16
03/21/2018 - MBB West Regional Semifinal Media Day
03/21/2018 - Few Named NABC District 9 Coach of the Year
03/19/2018 - MBB Faces Florida State in Sweet 16
03/17/2018 - NCAA West Regional Ticket Information
03/17/2018 - Gonzaga beats Ohio State 90-84 for Sweet 16 return
03/16/2018 - MBB Meets Ohio State in Second Round