Collegehoops.net's Jon Teitel is in Philadelphia all week bringing you live coverage and interviews from one of the opening weekend's most intriguing venues.
NCAA Tournament Q&A
Jared Quayle: Jr, G, Utah State
Q: How do you feel about facing #6 seed Marquette?
A: We are excited as a team: it will be a good challenge for us, but we played in Boise before, and our fans can make the trip.
Q: Do you think it will be a close game because you’re ranked 25th and Marquette is ranked 24th?
A: It should be very competitive, but they are very physical.
Q: You spent your freshman year at the College of Eastern Utah, and your sophomore year at Western Wyoming College: has it been hard attending 3 schools in 3 years?
A: So far it has been okay: the transition from school to school was smooth, and I had fun at each place.
Q: What did you learn from your non-conference schedule (lost to BYU, beat Utah)?
A: It was good to beat Utah, and good to know we could hang with BYU.
Q: Were you concerned about losing 3 of 6 to finish the regular season?
A: We did not want to focus on being a bubble team: we were just focused on winning the conference tourney.
Q: How did you beat New Mexico State in the conference tourney semifinals?
A: Tai Wesley drove and pulled up to shoot, saw Tyler Newbold open on the baseline, and Tyler made a jumper with 3 seconds left to win it.
Q: What impact has Gary Wilkinson (conference POY) had on your team?
A: Gary is the leader of the team. He gets us going every day in practice if we’re sluggish. He is a great guy, and will have to help carry us against Marquette.
Q: Why do you like playing for Coach Stew Morrill?
A: He is a great coach, and I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else. He tells us not to get caught up in everything, have fun, and stay focused.
Q: What did you learn while serving a 2-year mission in Sacramento?
A: I had a little question about whether to go, but I was only 5’11”/155 pounds when I left, and after growing while on the mission, I can now compete with bigger guys.
Q: What is it like being married and in college?
A: It’s great: it keeps me focused on getting good grades because I’m not partying every night.
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