Gonzaga Press Conference Notes - Indiana Game


Is it fair that the reputation of coaches is often made at this time of year?
I think that's very shallow. Coaching is about the entire journey. It's talking to your guys, individual workouts in Sept. and Oct., that pre-season practice, the games. We had 28 winst this year. We went 16-0 against teams in our league. But it seems people are really fixated on the tournament.

Take on Indiana
They can kill you with the inside and with the catch-and-shoot. Add Earl Calloway's penetration to their quickness on the perimeter. They can shoot the 3 well and they get to the basket. You just can't let Marco Killingsworth go 1-on-1 with you.

On the pressure of the high expectations on Gonzaga basketball
It's a whole different animal. But, we've dealt with it the last 4-5 yars. On the other side, you go into homes and sell that you're on TV for all your games, you play a great schedule, that every game the other team is out to knock you off. That's part of the recruiting process. Our players fell like they are the hunted. There is pressure with the high expectations.

On making comebacks in so many games this year?
First, J.P. Batista's value was vastly underestimated and underrated. Sometimes he was limited by foul trouble in the first half. Indiana has that with Marco Killingsworth, but it's sure great to have a big guy like that to go to. Like Adam Morrison, he's made big shots for them all year. Secondly, I have no apologies (for the comebacks). We had 28 wins. We're a hungry team. They like each other so much they want to keep on playing.

J.P. Batista Quotes
On how players other than Adam Morrison help Gonzaga win games.
We just keep sawing wood, and get a stop, get a rebound. When Adam comes out to shoot the ball, they have three guys on him, so obviously somebody is going to be wide open. He's been doing a great job of passing the ball, and teammates are ready to get the pass and be able to make some buckets.

On his match-up with Marco Killingsworth
I know he'a a load. He's strong. It's going to be a battle. I play against strong guys, too, and I think our games are very similar, expect he's left-handed. He's put up some big numbers this year, and he's going to have to put up with me, too. It's going to be a great game. It's going to be a battle inside and out, because they have great shooters and inside guys. We have great shooters and inside guys, too. It's going to be a great match-up.

On what Erroll Knight brings to this team
He's a warrior. He's the heart of our team. If you don't watch the games, you wont' see what great contributions he makes for us.



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