March 22, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Win an NCAA Tournament win in hand, the University of Arizona men's basketball team participated in a closed practice and media session in preparation for tomorrow's game with Harvard.
Following a 90-minute closed practice session on the EnergySolutions Arena court, the Wildcats met with media members in the interview room and locker room, including visits with the TNT and Dial Global Radio Network broadcast crews.
Here is quick review of what was said today:
Q. Kaleb, going through yesterday's ballgame, talk about, did you feel any butterflies before or as the game unfolded, confidence level continued to grow, how did the first NCAA Tournament game go for you?
Kaleb Tarczewski: It went really well. It's an honor to be here. It's something I wanted to be part of since I was a little kid, so to be here is an honor. Yesterday's game there wasn't butterflies. Kind of just excitement and the butterflies were gone from the playing the games at the end of the beginning. Now is the time when we want to be playing our best basketball and keep advancing.
Q. Nick, seems like you've been around for five or six years, but that was your first NCAA Tournament game as well. How was that coming out and what was your feeling coming into the game? Did you notice the lack of fans when they first started? What did that feel like?
Nick Johnson: I was definitely excited. Like a lot of these guys don't look at me as a younger guy, but I mean, I was excited to be in the NCAA Tournament. It's been my dream since I was a little kid. I looked at it as another game, came out there and played my game, and, I mean, we executed.
As far as the fans, it was a little shocking. They had to clear the arena before our game so not a lot of people got in for tip off, but as the game went on it started to pick up a little bit.
Q. Solomon, are you surprised to be playing Harvard?
Solomon Hill: Not at all. You see the games they played against Memphis. I think they tied it up in the second half at some point and Memphis is an athletic team. They like to get the ball up and down the floor. They beat Cal. They went to Saint Mary's and got a last second shot and beat them. They're a good basketball team. They went on to execute their game plan against New Mexico, and at times it wasn't even close.
New Mexico tried to make their run, and Harvard kept making runs themselves. So we have to prepare for them just like any other team. They're a program on the rise and they're making steps in the right direction. You have to note that two of their best players are not playing this year. If those two players were here, they would probably be a higher seed and playing somewhere else.
But we have to take them just like anybody else. Take them seriously. They're a basketball team that can beat anybody, and they showed that last night.