Here are a few highlights from Gary Williams' news conference today:
On Memphis reminding him of Wake Forest: I think that's a pretty good comparison because of Wake's size compared to Memphis. They have big people, but they're both long. Both those teams are very long, and they both had really good seasons that we had to play against. You really have to be on your game. We have to make up for some things when we play against a team like that. Hopefully, we'll be able to do a good job and continue to play well. Memphis will certainly try to take us out of what we do, just like we did with them, and that's the key is to be able to do the things that we do pretty well.
On the blueprint provided by Cal St. Northridge: I thought Northridge did a great job. I thought they were really well prepared in that they played the way they played all year, and I think that they made some adjustments for Memphis, but they just went right out and played their game. They didn't try to say well, Memphis is this or that. They tried to play their game. They did a great job, obviously, and I think that's a lesson for everybody, you know, that if you're in the NCAA tournament, you must have done some good things during the year, and this time of year, you can't change a lot of the things you've been doing since October. So hopefully, you play well. That's I think, for me anyway as a coach, I try to get my team to play well, then you make adjustments for Memphis, but, you know, we have to do a good job if we expect to beat Memphis.
On the quality of Memphis schedule: Memphis has some good wins outside their conference. They've played some good teams. They've gone and played teams. You know, they're in Conference USA. I think any conference when you go on the road, there's tough games. I've been in Big 10, ACC, Big East, America West. Road games are tough in all those conferences just like the ACC. I'm sure they were in tough situations. When you're in Memphis, you're the giant. Everybody gets ready to play against you. I'm sure they saw a lot of the teams' best games this year in conference play. So, when you get to the NCAA, you know, everybody looks for reasons why teams should play well, why they shouldn't play well. Basically it's your team, your players, what you've done. Memphis has an outstanding team. They're the No. 2 seed for a reason and we're the 10 for a reason. It's going to be a very tough game. Anytime a 10 plays a 2, it's a tough game, but I think we've been playing really good basketball lately and hopefully that will help us tomorrow.
-- Rick Maese