*In Denver's first two NCAA tournament appearances, the team bowed out in the first round both times. Under Tierney, who took over prior to the 2010 season, the Pioneers have qualified for four postseasons, advancing to two semifinals and one quarterfinal. Tierney said that background should easily motivate the next crop of players. "I think it's one of the nice things about being a new program," he said. "You don't have a history to live up to. You have a history that can continually get better. It's always a sad thing for me because most of the time, you lose at the end of the year. The sad thing for me is the seniors. That group, when I came to Denver four years ago, we had 12 players on the roster the first day I was there. This group was incoming. There was 12 of them – really, 11 because Eric Law transferred. But they have bought into everything we've asked them. Some have changed positions, some have worked extremely hard, some have fought through injuries. So perspective 15, 20 minutes after a tough loss like that is maybe even tougher, but they're young people. They'll wake up tomorrow morning and they'll still be disappointed, but they'll want to know what's for breakfast and they'll move on. … Now we have some goals to set. Somebody has to be better than four straight tournaments, two Final Fours out of four years. Look around. Not many of them have been doing that. So they're doing great."