Tourney Talk: Dayton & Temple
CollegeHoops.net's Jon Teitel spent a lot of time Monday on conference calls with some of the biggest coaches & players in college basketball. Here are highlights of what the coaches & players had to say about their team's chances in the 2009 NCAA Tournament
Coach Brian Gregory
Q: How does this year's team compare to last year?
A: Our body of work from the start of the season through the end has put us in a position to get rewarded. We went 14-1 in non-conference games. We were a different team last year without Chris Wright after he got hurt, and this year had to deal with an injury to Rob Lowery.
Q: What do you know about West Virginia?
A: They have great toughness, and will play hard for 40 minutes with reckless abandon. Coach Huggins has done a great job molding his team to his style in a very short time?
Coach Fran Dunphy
Q: What have the past few days been like?
A: We are thrilled to be representing the A-10 in the NCAA tourney. I spent this morning at the Coaches vs. Cancer breakfast on the floor of the Palestra.
Q: What is your team like this year?
A: We don't have a specific style, but we like to push it when we have the chance. We play man-to-man defense for the most part. Dionte Christmas is great because he knows how to get shots without needing much time or space to do so. Lavoy Allen is long, has great leaping ability, and just has the knack to read the ball when it comes off the rim.
Q: What do you know about ASU?
A: Herb Sendek did a fabulous job at NC State, and even though Herb does not want me saying it, James Harden is arguably a lottery pick.
Q: How does this year compare to last year?
A: Last year we had some awe when playing against Michigan State after not being in the NCAA tourney in awhile. This year we have seemed like we have been there before, and we have an extra day to prepare. Experience is critical in March, but you still have to deliver,