NCAA Press Conference Quotes

March 15, 2001

Head Coach Mark Few, Gonzaga University

"It's exciting to be back in the NCAA tournament. I'm especially excited for some of our younger guys to have this opportunity. The team has been rewarded for their hard work throughout the year. Virginia is well coached and is a very athletic team."

What is the importance of Dan Dickau?

"Well, with Dan we have 19 wins and only one loss. Without him we are 5-4. I would say he is a vital part of our team."

Do you feel like there is the potential for another Cinderella story or do you even think that there are Cinderallas in the tournament anymore?

"I think that there are teams that don't get as much recognition but recently the teams that are doing well get more media attention. I wouldn't say that Gonzaga is a mid-major team. You may call us a mid-major conference and you may call me a mid-major coach but I certainly wouldn't call this team a mid-major one. This is a top-notch team."

Dan Dickau, Guard, JR, Gonzaga University:

"I think tomorrow's game will be an interesting matchup. Obviously they are from a power conference (ACC) and everybody has seen them throughout the year on television. We're in one of the smaller conferences. I know a lot of people on the east coast probably haven't seen us. But I think we match up well. They're a team that likes to get out and pressure the ball. They also rebound very well. But we rebound well as well. So obviously controlling the glass will be one of the keys to the game."

Gonzaga has won 18 of their last 19 games while Virginia has dropped their last two. Are they ripe for picking off?

"It doesn't matter to us. I think in the season they were playing for seeding maybe. But now they might have something to prove. I don't think they're overlooking us and obviously there's not a chance that we will overlook them ."

Casey Calvary, Forward, SR, Gonzaga University

Does more media recognition put more pressure on your team in this year's tournament?

"I think the people in America are definitely more aware of us than in years past. People aren't just looking past us. They're actually expecting us to do things. We won't be able to sneak up on other teams like we have been able to do in the past. At the same time, there are a lot of teams here on the east coast that haven't seen us play yet."

 

 

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