Season Preview: HoopsHD interviews Marquette assistant coach Brett Nelson

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We continue our 2016-17 season preview interview series with Marquette assistant coach Brett Nelson. He first gained fame at Florida, where he arrived as a McDonald’s All-American in 1999, helped the Gators make the NCAA title game in 2000, and was named All-American in 2001.  He graduated in 2004 with the most 3PM (274) and 2nd-most STL (199) in school history. After previous coaching stops at Ball State/Drake/Arkansas/Marshall, he begins his 3rd year working for the Golden Eagles under head coach Steve Wojciechowski.  HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Coach Nelson about playing for an NCAA title and being a great 3-PT shooter.


You had 11 AST for the West in a 141-128 win over the East in the 1999 McDonald’s All-American Game (which set a record for the highest scoring game in McDonald’s history): which of your teammates impressed you the most (Jonathan Bender/Carlos Boozer/other)? I think Bender set a record with 31 PTS so he was by far the most impressive guy I saw that night, even though injuries later ruined his NBA career.

In the 2000 NCAA title game as a player for Billy Donovan at Florida you scored 11 PTS in a loss to Michigan State: how close did you come to winning it all? We got hot at the right time and played really well throughout the tourney. We played well against the Spartans but they were lights out that night and deserved to win the game. They deserve all the credit and had a great group of seniors.

In the 2002 NCAA tourney you scored 13 PTS despite playing with a broken cheekbone in a 1-PT 2-OT loss to Creighton: did you think that your 12-foot jumper in the final second was going in, and where does that rank among the most devastating losses of your career? It was really disappointing. I got a good look at the shot but it just did not go in. We had chances to put them away during the game but failed to do so. We had a good year so to lose in double-OT at the buzzer was tough to swallow.

You were top-10 in STL in the SEC for 3 straight years while averaging 11 PPG during your college career: how were you able to balance your offense with your defense? The way that we played pressure defense allowed me to be in a good position to get a lot of STL, and Coach Donovan gave us a lot of freedom on the offensive end. I think that to be considered a good player you have to be a 2-way player. I was lucky enough to have good coaches/teammates who put me in a position to succeed.

In 2001 you led the conference with 45.3 3P%: what is your secret for making shots from behind the arc? Confidence. You obviously need to put the time in to become a good shooter so I spent a lot of time in the gym. I felt that was my best year at Florida.

That same year you were named an All-American: what did it mean to you to win such an outstanding honor? I did not pay too much attention to that at the time but I know that it is a great honor. We had a lot of injuries that year and we really overachieved despite only having 7 guys playing for a big portion of SEC play. We really came together as a group, which is what I was happy about.

You currently work as an assistant to Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing that you have ever learned from him? His passion for the game and the fact that he truly cares for the players. He is a great leader and has the ability to get everyone on the same page. I have been around a lot of good coaches during my career but he gets me excited to come to work every day.

You have severel big-time transfers on your roster including Luke Fischer (Indiana), Katin Reinhardt (USC), and Andrew Rowsey (UNC-Asheville): what is the key to having everyone come together and bond as a team? That will be a huge key to our season. Luke will be a big part of our rebounding. Andrew really produced at Asheville and has become a better defender: we also expect him to be a threat from the outside. Katin has produced at a high level and had a good summer for us: he can score but is also a passer who can make the right plays. All 3 of them will be really important for us but we also have a lot of depth which will bring out the best in people to see who can compete the best.

Your non-conference schedule includes games against a pair of Big 10 (Michigan/Wisconsin) and SEC (Vanderbilt/Georgia) schools: which of these games do you feel will present your biggest test? All of those games are going to be tough. Wisconsin is a preseason top-10 team, and Vandy is our season opener in Annapolis with a new coach in Bryce Drew so they are a bit of an unknown. Georgia has a lot of good players returning, and Michigan coach John Beilien is 1 of the best in the country. We will just focus on the next game at hand.

What are your goals for the upcoming season, and what are your expectations for the upcoming season? We expect our guys to play hard every single day during games/practice as well as in the weight room. We need to come together to try to reach our goals of winning the Big East and making the NCAA tourney. However, we must not get ahead of ourselves: if we just take it 1 game at a time then the results should take care of themselves.

The Hoops HD Report: Pre-Preseason Edition

Although the college basketball season doesn’t officially begin until the second Friday in November, teams begin practicing as early as next week, and Hoops HD’s season is about to get into full swing.  Our extension preseason coverage will consist of player and coach interviews, conference previews, podcasts previewing the upcoming season, and much more!  CLICK HERE for an index of all the preseason content, which is already underway and will continue to grow as the season approaches.

On this edition, Chad and the panel begin by reintroducing the site and all of the things Hoops HD features, including their weekly Bracketology with Jon Teitel which proved to be more accurate than all of the major networks and was #3 overall in the Bracket Matrix, the weekly Hoops HD committee updates that makes no attempt to guess the committee, but rather reports and builds the bracket the way they think it should look, the daily write up and recap of games throughout the season, the different types of weekly podcasts, Jon Teitel’s player and coaches interviews, and much more.  They also get us up to speed on the news and notes concerning the NCAA Tournament site being taken out of Greensboro, the coaching issues at George Washington, and Big Twelve expansion.

But, the main focal point this week is a look back at a podcast that was originally recorded on the day of last year’s National Championship game with ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, where the current state of college basketball was discussed.  One of the topics that came up was a series of Out of Conference games that we would like to see, which David Griggs wanted to institute as the “Griggs-Lunardi Awesomeness Series.”  So just for fun we take a look at each of those match-ups and talk about why we’d like to see them, as well as some of the reasons they are not played.  What particularly drives us nuts is that the most common reason we don’t see those games is that one or both programs feel they have “Everything to lose, and nothing to gain.”  Well, that’s ridiculous.  The teams that do play intriguing OOC games, even against regional opponents who are successful on a lower level, don’t lose much of anything.  Take programs like Wisconsin and Virginia, for instance.



Now, if you’re interested, we’ve got a second video for you!!  Below is the above mentioned video that was recorded on the day of the national championship game with Joe Lunardi, which discusses the current state of college basketball and several of the topics concerning it…


And for all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the Hoops HD Report: Pre-Preseason Edition…

Season Preview: HoopsHD interviews new Arkansas-Little Rock head coach Wes Flanigan

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We continue our 2016-17 season preview interview series with new Arkansas-Little Rock head coach Wes Flanigan. He took over in March after working as associate head coach to Chris Beard for last year’s 30-win season, and is very familiar with the area after being born/raised in Little Rock.  He attended college at Auburn where he became 1 of the best PGs in Tiger history.  HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Coach Flanigan about winning an NCAA tourney game in double-OT and then having his dream come true.


You played basketball at Auburn where your 573 career AST remains #2 in school history: what is your secret for being a good PG? You need a good feel for the game and for your teammates. I had some teammates who could finish plays and shoot the ball, so they made me look good.

You received the Cliff Hare Award as the university’s top student-athlete: how much importance do you place on academics? That all started with my upbringing: in our household I always wanted to get good grades so that I did not let my parents down. It helped to have a coaching mentor who instilled a lot of that in me.

Your father Al was the assistant coach of your high school team: how much of an impact did he have on your own decision to become a coach? He was my mentor/role model: it was my dad rather than Michael Jordan! My dream was to become an NBA player and I worked hard to reach that goal: if it were not for an injury I might have had that opportunity. In the back of my mind I knew that I wanted to become a coach after I was done playing because I wanted to be just like my dad.

As an assistant at Northwest Mississippi Community College you worked with both the men’s and women’s teams: what is the biggest difference between coaching men and women? The speed of the game/athleticism is different. The women were much more of a sponge to what I was teaching: they trusted me and would run through a brick wall for me. The men are a little harder to coach because they are more stubborn/rebellious.

Take me through the 2016 NCAA tourney as an associate head coach under Chris Beard at Arkansas-Little Rock:
You had a 2-PT 2-OT win over Purdue for the school’s 1st tourney win in 30 years: how were you able to overcome a 14-PT 2nd half deficit, and where does Josh Hagins’ game-tying 3-PT shot at the end of regulation rank among the most clutch shots that you have ever seen? Everything started with mental toughness: Chris instilled a sense of pride in both our program and our city. There were numerous games last year when we were down double-digits so Purdue was not any different: we just stuck with the process. Josh’s shot will probably go down as the biggest shot in our program’s history. It was not a surprise to us: we saw it each and every day. He was probably responsible for about 5 wins on his own that season by making plays for his team and that shot was a prime example of how much he meant to us.

You finished your season with a loss to Iowa State: what do you think your team learned from that game that can help them this year? We have 6 seniors coming back with a bitter taste in their mouth, so I think they want to get back to that point and then get to the next level. We will approach things the same but those seniors learned that each and every game is important.

In March you were named head coach and said that it was a dream come true since you were born/raised in Little Rock: how has the dream gone over the past 6 months? It has been great: every day I wake up and live my dream. I love this city because it meant so much to me and set the stage for who I am today. There are not many opportunities in this profession for guys to go home and become a head coach so I am very fortunate. I woke up at 5AM today to hit the recruiting road and I have no regrets. We look forward to sustaining some consistency.

Last year your team won a conference-record 30 games and won its 1st-ever outright Sun Belt regular season title: how much pressure is there on you to approach last year’s dream season? I do not call it pressure. In high school I was able to win a state championship after we lost all of our starters from the previous year.  I took over for Moochie Norris at Auburn and we were still able to win 20 games. I think that I am prepared and we have a great group of seniors. I am going to have fun with it because I have a great staff.

Your non-conference schedule includes games against Tulsa/Florida: which of these games do you feel will present your biggest test? I think that every game is a challenge at this level. We cannot just walk out on the floor and feel like we are going to dominate a team. The challenge is to try to win every game on the schedule.

Your roster has 7 players from Arkansas as well as international players from Canada/Kosovo: what sort of recruiting philosophy do you have in terms of geography? Since I am from here it is a huge priority to try and keep as many players in-state as we can. However, we want to win championships so we will recruit whoever we can to help us do that no matter where they come from.

What are your goals for the upcoming season, and what are your expectations for the upcoming season? We expect to give ourselves a chance to win a conference title. We want to have fun and make sure that our guys have a great experience. We will approach every game like it is our last game.

Season Preview: HoopsHD interviews new San Francisco assistant coach Derrick Phelps

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We continue our 2016-17 season preview interview series with new San Francisco assistant coach Derrick Phelps.  You might remember him from such championships as the 1993 North Carolina Tar Heels, thanks to the most talked-about timeout in NCAA tourney history.  In addition to winning an NCAA title as a player for Dean Smith, he also won a CIT title last spring as an assistant to Kyle Smith at Columbia.  Coach Smith headed west after being hired as head coach of the Dons last March, and he brought along his assistant to help him build a contender in the WCC.  HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Coach Phelps about winning a title and building a coaching resume.


In 1990 you were named a McDonald’s All-American: which of your fellow honorees impressed you the most (Grant Hill/Ed O’Bannon/Khalid Reeves/other)? At the time it was O’Bannon, for sure. I played against Grant in college when he was at Duke and Khalid was my teammate in high school so I went against him every day in practice. My future Tar Heel teammates Eric Montross/Clifford Rozier were impressive as well. It was a real big year for NYC that year: we had 4 McDonald’s All-Americans.

You played for Coach Dean Smith at North Carolina: what made him such a great coach, and what was the most important thing that you ever learned from him? He was always prepared for any situation that you could think of. In practice we prepared every day for different situations based on time/score. He always watched a lot of film and would bring me in to look at whoever I would have to defend in our next game. As a PG I was an extension of him on the court so I had a special connection with him. When I was a freshman my teammate King Rice told me that when you get into a rhythm/flow you will end up calling a play in the heat of the moment before Coach Smith would call out the very same play.  It eventually happened, which was very special to me.

In the 1993 NCAA title game you scored 9 PTS in a 6-PT win over Michigan: what was your reaction when you saw Chris Webber signal for his infamous timeout, and what did it mean to you to win a title? My 1st reaction was that the game was over because we were going to get 2 FTs and the ball back. We knew that they did not have any more timeouts so I was shocked to see Webber call a timeout. You prepare the whole preseason/regular season to win a title so accomplishing your goal with the guys you run hard with every day is great. It was 1 of the best things to ever happen to me on the court.

In the 1994 NCAA tourney you scored 3 PTS before Danya Abrams hit you in the head and knocked you out of the game with a concussion in a 3-PT loss to BC: how much did teams worry about concussions 2 decades ago, and do you think that you would have won the game if that play never happened? Of course I think that if I kept playing that we would have won the game! We had a lot of good young guys like Jeff McInnis/Jerry Stackhouse/Rasheed Wallace so I wanted to help us compete as a senior leader. I never watch the tape of that game: it was the last game of my college career so it still leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I thought that I was fine and passed most part of the concussion protocol but there was 1 part that I simply could not complete before the timeout ended. I remember exactly what it was more than 2 decades later: the doctor said that I had to count back from 100 by 7 and I could just not do it. It was a real sore situation for me because right after the game I was able to do the counting.

You graduated in 1994 with a school-record 247 career STL: what is your secret for being a great defender? I do not think there is a secret: you just need to take pride in playing defense. I loved the challenge of guarding guys and had a good anticipation of when to reach for the ball and where it would be so that I could jump into the passing lane. I knew how to guard within our system and was aware of all the shortcuts. When I try to coach defense now I find it is sometimes hard to explain to our players about seeing something or having the natural feel of how close to get to your opponent.

You played pro basketball for more than a decade overseas: what is the biggest difference between college ball and pro ball? Biggers guys are more skilled overseas: they can put the ball on the floor or pull up for a 3. It is more physical in the pros and they know when to be physical. Older guys know how to play the game better and do a lot more things, while college kids primarily use their athleticism and are more 1-dimensional. There is not too much dunking in Europe.

After winning a CIT title at Columbia last spring as an assistant to head coach Kyle Smith, you joined him when he took a new job as head coach of San Francisco: why did you follow him 3000 miles west, and how has the transition been so far? As a coach I try to be more well-rounded so the key for me was the opportunity to learn about the West Coast. I would love to become a head coach 1 day and I love coaching with Kyle. It was fun to win at Columbia with high-academic kids, but I have never recruited out here so I think that it will be good for my resume. I think that eventually I will be able to coach anywhere in the world.

You have only 1 junior and 1 senior on the roster: how does your approach change when you are coaching a young team vs. when you have an experienced team? The key is to install your culture and show the young guys what was successful for us in the past at Columbia. We have guys who will compete and are much longer/more athletic. We will pressure opponents and run the floor, and as the young players grow with us they will become even more dangerous over the next couple of years. It is tough to lose so much experience but we are building for the future.

Your non-conference schedule includes a game against Utah: how do you prepare for such a big test? Hopefully by the time we play them in late-December in Hawaii during the Diamond Head Classic we will be a little more seasoned. It will be a good test to see where we are at but we will just prepare as we normally do and try to get better each and every game. We just want to compete and give our players the mindset that it is a good challenge for us.

What are your goals for the upcoming season, and what are your expectations for the upcoming season? We have not really discussed all of our goals yet but we want to stay healthy, improve every game, and try to win a WCC title. We cannot get ahead of ourselves so we will just use the model of 1 game at a time.

Season Preview: HoopsHD interviews new South Dakota State coach TJ Otzelberger

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We continue our 2016-17 season preview interview series with new South Dakota State coach TJ Otzelberger.  He has always been a great recruiter while working for former Iowa State head coaches Greg McDermott/Fred Hoiberg, and now we get to see how he does while running a  program of his own.  He was hired as head coach of the Jackrabbits in April and he will get tested quickly with a non-conference schedule featuring several teams from the NCAA tourney last March.  HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Coach Otzelberger about his recruiting philosophy and the best athlete in his family (we also wish him a happy birthday today!). 


You played basketball at Wisconsin-Whitewater: how good a player were you back in the day, and how did you get into coaching? I was a very average player at best, so I took a lot of pride in just getting to play in college and having a chance to start my career. I had a job lined up in the business world but my old high school coach said that he thought I might have the coaching bug: I tried it and was hooked.

In the 2013 NCAA tourney as an assistant to Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State, Aaron Craft scored 18 PTS including a 3-PT shot with 0.5 seconds left in a 3-PT win by Ohio State: where does that rank among the most devastating losses of your career? That is really high up there. We had an opportunity to win at Kansas that same year and they banked in a 3 at the buzzer. Craft had that shot available all game long and elected not to take it, and then he stepped up at the end and made it.

In the 2016 NCAA tourney your new team had a 5-PT loss to Maryland: what do you think they learned from that game that can help them this year? I watched the game: I think that it will teach us to schedule against teams with athleticism/quickness in non-conference play so that we are prepared for the postseason. We have to schedule very competitively.

In April you were named head coach of the Jackrabbits: why did you take the job? I have been fortunate to work for 4 highly successful coaches: they won in different ways, which helped prepare me to have success. My wife and I love being in a college town where basketball is a big deal, and it is a great environment to raise a family. From a professional standpoint you want to be at a school that is committed to winning at the highest level, and South Dakota State offered that to us.

Your non-conference schedule includes games against Cal/Northern Iowa/Wichita State: which of these games do you feel will present your biggest test? A lot of the schedule was already in place when I came on board, but we were fortunate that Cal offered us the opportunity to go on the road and play an NCAA tourney team who had a top-5 draft pick in Jaylen Brown. It is an immediate challenge to see where we were at, and is great for Mike Daum to play against a guy of Ivan Rabb’s quality. In the long term the experience we will get from it will be great.

You only have 2 seniors on the roster: do you think this team is built to win now or is it going to be a work in progress? I am still evaluating each day on what everyone needs to improve on. We return 8 players, 4 of whom played significant minutes last year, so our approach is to put 100% into each day and just focus on the process. We lost our top-4 guards from last year but we just want to make this team the best we can this year.

You also have 3 in-state players on the roster: what sort of recruiting philosophy will you have in terms of geography? We are going to try and do a great job of in-state recruiting and be very aggressive early in the process. However, my staff and I have a background of recruiting throughout the Midwest, and if the talent we need does not exist in our region then we will utilize relationships elsewhere and recruit nationally.

SO PF Mike Daum won almost every award in the Summit League last year: what makes him such a great player? He has great character and a great work ethic. He has persevered through a lot of ups and downs and very few schools recruited him coming out of high school. He redshirted as a freshman and continued to grow as a person/player. He is an unbelievable teammate who takes care of his business every day. I think that those awards will continue to come for him.

Your wife Alison played in the WNBA: who is the best athlete in the family? My wife is absolutely/unequivocally the best athlete in the family!

What are your goals for the upcoming season, and what are your expectations for the upcoming season? It is exciting to be in a place that expects to win but we will not get ahead of ourselves. We expect to be at the top of the conference and compete year in and year out. When you play 3 games in 3 days during a conference tourney anything can happen, but we will try to do the best we can, maximize our strengths, and play together as a team.

Season Preview: HoopsHD interviews North Texas assistant coach Rob Evans

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We continue our 2016-17 season preview interview series with North Texas assistant coach Rob Evans.  There are few current assistant coaches with more prior head coaching experience: 6 years at Mississippi, 8 years at Arizona State, and 3 trips to the NCAA tourney.  Now he works for Mean Green head coach Tony Benford, who was recruited to play for Texas Tech by Coach Evans back in the 1980s.  HoopsHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Coach Evans about being on the short end of 1 of the most famous shots in NCAA tourney history and bringing in a McDonald’s All-American transfer (we also wish him a happy belated birthday last week!).


You played basketball at Hobbs High School for legendary coach Ralph Tasker: what made him such a great coach, and what was the most important thing that you ever learned from him? I feel that he was before his time in terms of getting the most out of his players whether we were the best player on the team or the 12th-best player. He was the fairest guy in the world: we had some good players at the all-Black school and after they integrated the school system he made it known that if we were good enough then we would play for him. He taught me a lot about the integrity of the game: I remember him taking 1 of our great players out of a game after he missed me when I cut to the basket for an open layup.

You began your college career as an All-American at Lubbock Christian JC before transferring to New Mexico State, where you made a pair of NCAA tourneys and were later named to the school’s all-time basketball team: what did it mean to you to receive such an outstanding honor? I was actually named to the all-time team at both schools: they are retiring my # at Lubbock later this month. The honors I have received all mean a lot to me because they come from people who know me and spent time with me on a daily basis.

In the 1970 Final 4 as an assistant to Lou Henson at your alma mater, you lost to eventual champion UCLA before a 6-PT win over St. Bonaventure in the 3rd place game: what was it like to face 3-time defending champ John Wooden with a spot in the title game on the line? It was interesting: we were in the West region so we knew that we would meet them somewhere. We played some great teams in the NCAA tourney during my playing career: we lost to Houston (with Elvin Hayes) and UCLA (with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). We played UCLA again during my 1st year as an assistant coach and lost to them: nobody was beating the Bruins during that time!

In 1992 you were hired at Ole Miss as its 1st African-American coach in a major sport: how big a deal was it at the time, and how were you able to end up with the 1st 20-win season in school history in 1997? When I went to work for Coach Henson at age 21 he told me to recruit the South: I asked him how to get there and he said “I do not care”! I worked the whole South out of a hotel in Jackson, MS. When they offered me the job the AD was my former teammate Gerald Turner (the current SMU president), who I have known since age 17. When I got there the program was the worst 1 in the country: Coach Eddie Sutton told me not to take the job but I gave it a shot. Someone said I built it from the ground up…but Nolan Richardson said I built it from underneath the ground! I started to recruit in Arkansas/Louisiana and built up the program with some really good athletes on the defensive end of the floor. My philosophy was not to worry about what we did not have but rather just try to improve what we did have. 1 of my PGs was Mike White, who is now the head coach at Florida. I later left for ASU to be closer to my family.

In the 1998 NCAA tourney Bryce Drew scored 22 PTS including 1 of the most famous shots in NCAA tourney history at the buzzer in a 1-PT win by Valparaiso: where does that rank among the most devastating losses of your career? It is probably the most devastating. I spent a lot of time on the road recruiting and we spent a lot of time having everyone from the fraternities/sororities attend our games. The 1st game in the NCAA tourney is always the toughest. We were not playing our best but had a 2-PT lead with our best FT shooter (Ansu Sesay) at the line with 5 seconds left. I took everyone off the line except for Keith Carter, who got a hand on the ball after the 2nd missed FT. I was so sad for our fans because they had been down for so long.

Your non-conference schedule includes games against Texas Tech/Rutgers: which of these games do you feel will present your biggest test? I think both of those teams will be a really big test, but Texas Tech will be a tough task because I coached there for 15 years. I talked to Bill Self and he said that the Red Raiders will be 1 of the toughest teams in the Big 12. Rutgers will be tough because of the timing with 4-5 games in a 10-day stretch.

You have a couple of transfers from major in-state programs including J-Mychal Reese (Texas A&M)/Keith Frazier (SMU): what is the key to having everyone come together and bond as a team? I always feel that you have to figure out why a kid is leaving: not enough playing time, his specific role, postseason ineligibility, etc. You have to make them understand that they have to conform to our system just like everyone else.

As an assistant to Gerald Myers at Texas Tech you recruited Tony Benford to play for the Red Raiders, where he became 1986 SWC tourney MVP: how did you convince him to sign, and how do you like being his assistant 3 decades later? Tony also played for Coach Tasker in Hobbs, NM, and we have some family connections: I told him that I was asking him to play for me…and that if he declined then I would go speak to his mother!

Tony has not finished with a record above .500 during any of his 4 years in Denton: is he on the hot seat or is just a matter of trying to keep improving from 1 year to the next? Every coach is on the hot seat: I talked to Coach Self before he won an NCAA title about how difficult it was to win 20 games in a season, and he mentioned that no coaches are out there having fun. We knew that we needed to adjust some things and change the mindset of our kids and we feel that we have the right kind of kids to do what we want to do. I feel that Tony has really matured as a coach and I have given him everything that I can give him.

What are your goals for the upcoming season, and what are your expectations for the upcoming season? Our goals are always the same: it is a cliché but we are trying to win ever game, get to the NCAA tourney, and win a title. Barring injuries, we feel that we have enough talent to have a very good team.