Coach [John] Wooden used seven players at UCLA. Coach [Denny] Crum used to say, 'The more moving parts you have, the greater the chance you have for a breakdown.' I think there's a lot of veracity to that.
They beat us handily both times we played this season. They have a Hall of Fame coach and two of the premier players in our conference. They have a stupendous record in this tournament. We hope we honor them by playing to our potential.
We've got four guys trying to move into whole new roles and that can be frustrating at times. We as coaches had the choice to play in this tournament, to play good teams and test our abilities early on. I think we're learning early what we need to work on later in the season.
Justin had some good looks he just didn't knock down. But to his credit, he's trying to bring the ball up, pass it to himself, shoot it and guard down at the other end. That's not the easiest task in the world.
I'm very excited to have the opportunity to continue playing. Minnesota is an outstanding team in one of the great conferences. It will certainly be a challenge for us, especially playing at Williams Arena, but it beats getting ready for the opening day of baseball.
There's no question it's a different approach. Any dreams we have of the NCAA Tournament are totally dependent on what we do in Greensboro. We're cognizant of that, and there's no question the approach is 180 degrees different.