Gonzaga-Purdue Press Conference Quotes

Matt Santangelo

(on matchup with Purdue)
"We are a physical team but not the traditional power. We have to match that physical nature, push the tempo. Purdue doesn't switch in their man-to-man defense. We have to set physical screens, get Richie (Frahm) open, and het into the seams."

(on Dench)
"Axel has been tremendous. We are not here in the Sweet 16 if it wasn't for him. It started in the conference tournament and continued through the first two games of the NCAA."

"Last season has contributed to our confidence. Our program is about basketball. We step on the court and it no longer matters about traditions, the jerseys they wear, and what the analysts say. We get to that point and we go out and play basketball."

"Coach Few has done a great job. We had a bull's eye on our back this year. He has kept us focused and away from the hype."

(on the teams left in the tournament)
"The best sixteen teams are still playing. It's going to be a battle."

(on Altitude) "If I have to play 40 minutes I will. We've gone to Wyoming and I played right through it. At this point, being a college athlete we are all in pretty good condition. It's just another game!"

Axel Dench

"Europeans don't play as tough as American teams. It's a lot of finesse and style play."

"We can't let their (Purdue) defense dictate us."

(on looking ahead to top seeds no longer in the bracket)
"It makes it very scary. It's just wide open."

"The Cinderella frame is an insult. It's still a chip on our shoulder."

Head Coach Mark Few

(on the play of Axel Dench)
"These last six weeks, Axel is playing better than any player we have. From an individual standpoint, he may be the biggest key right now of why we are back playing as well as we are. He has come up huge, not only in our league games down the stretch, but also the (West Coast) conference tournament and these first two NCAA Tournament games."

(on Gonzaga being a veteran club)
"There are so many things going on this tournament. Outside of the 40 minutes of basketball. That really takes some getting used to. On this day (media sessions, open practice), you basically go out and participate in a beauty contest, where all the opponents can come watch you practice and you have to be accessible to the media.

(about the atmosphere in Spokane)
"Spokane is crazy right now. Our players can't go anywhere without people asking for autographs and asking about the game. I think last year really prepared us for that. Until you've been through that and really understand that you have to focus in and on the task at hand. It is tough to do the first time around."

(on playing Purdue)
"We are playing a very physical team, that is much like San Diego and Santa Clara in our league. Purdue plays very physical. I think our guys can draw from experiences against those opponents to get them through. This is as physical a team as we've had at Gonzaga in a while. We are fortunate enough to play well against both styles.

Purdue Head Coach Gene Keady

(keys to the game)
"We have to get off to a good start, get back on defense and defend the post well. We have to execute on offense- Gonzaga is holding their opponents to 39% shooting for the year. We have to find a way to contain them."

"We don't want to grind it out with Gonzaga either. We want to play good basketball... we have an opportunity to play better if we can play a little bit more patiently."



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