March 4, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
USU men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill's quotes previewing Wednesday's Senior Night game against Wyoming:
On the emotion of Senior Night:
"Well, it's Wyoming and it's Senior Night. The one thing we've always said with Senior Night, and for the most part we've been able to do it through the years, is it needs to be a celebration and not a funeral. And we've used that terminology for a long, long time. I think when guys get all misty and realizing their careers are winding down, and start doing all this stuff, they're not able to play. It's not supposed to be a funeral. Senior Night's supposed to be a celebration, not a funeral, and hopefully we can realize that because we've got five guys, and it's going to be important that we realize that if we're going to have a chance to compete and have a chance to win against Wyoming."
On Wyoming's mindset and style of play:
"Wyoming, they've had a tough little stretch here since they've lost (Larry) Nance (Jr.), but one thing I know from playing them: they'll come in to compete. They'll come in here believing they can win. They've got a little nasty to them, they're physical and they're athletic. We should know that they're going to come and show up ready to play. And they'll run time, and they'll run time. They'd just as soon play in the 40s, so that puts a lot of premiums on possessions. You have to block out, you can't give them another look, all those kinds of things. It's going to be a possession-type, tight basketball game, and we have to be ready for that."
On the impact of this senior class:
"Any time your seniors are leaving, you kind of reflect on their time here and on their senior season. Obviously we would have all liked to have won more games, and we've still got more chances. They're all on schedule to graduate, they're all going to be good citizens in society, it's been an honor for me to coach them all. They're all good kids. They haven't quit on the year, even though we've had some tough times. We went to New Mexico last week and competed. We went to San José State and competed, and they can be proud of that because there's a lot of times around the country when teams are struggling they'll call it good, and this group hasn't done that. It's unusual to have five of them. That's a high number, and certainly we're going to miss all they've done for us."
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