SDSU Men's Hoops News Conference Quotes
March 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher
On whether it's better to play on Friday or play closer to home:
"I like the fact that we're (playing on) Friday. Obviously we would have preferred Portland or Albuquerque. I don't know, but it's close. The day extra is monumental, but I think also staying locally is a huge boost for you."
On whether having less jet lag or more fan support is why it's a huge boost to play closer to home :
"It's probably all of the above. Even though we are going to charter, it's still a pretty long flight. Now you go to the east coast time zone as opposed to staying out here, out west. We're not going all the way to Pittsburgh, which is good. We are a six seed and that's good. We'll be ready to play. Especially going (the) distance, playing Friday as opposed to Thursday. That's really good. Gonzaga plays in Pittsburgh on Thursday against West Virginia that's a drive away (from West Virginia to Pittsburgh). We've been there before. Been there done that and don't want to do it again if we don't have to."
On whether they plan on running with NC State:
"We've got to run selectively. We've got to run with intelligence. We've got to run when opportunity presents itself for a good, easy shot, but we can't run, run, run, run, run. The most important thing is we've got to make sure we don't have live-ball turnovers, we don't take quick, bad shots that allows them, with an unbalanced floor, to get out on a run because they are very good in transition."
On whether the team's depth will be a factor in the NCAA Tournament as it was in the MW Tournament:
"I don't want to think it was a factor. We played eight guys. We played three games in three days. It affected Tim (Shelton) more than anybody and he would not want to admit to that. His knees were really bothering him at the end. Now we'll at least have a day in between. We're playing a team in North Carolina State, if you look at their minutes played, they play seven guys. In game one, we're going to play eight guys and their going to play seven guys."
On whether the team has an advantage considering they're going to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year:
"I'm not sure what that will mean. Obviously it's an advantage to having played before and know the routine, the obligations you have at the press conference, (and) the open 40-minute practice. There's some demands on your time that if you've done it before, you're used to. They play in a league that's very high profile. They play in situations where there's a ton of media there. They will be prepared. If you go back and pull the video of when our game was announced, they had a camera in with their team. If they were honest, before that popped up, they're probably saying `NIT bound.' When they saw their name, they were so euphoric with what they did and said. I don't blame them. Both teams are going to be excited to be there and I believe it will be a really good game."
Senior Forward Tim Shelton
On his knowledge of North Carolina State:
"Generally, that they like to get out and run. They're a good offensive rebounding team. They have some big, tough players and obviously their confidence is battle-tested as well. I saw a group of guys who are playing their best basketball right now too. They have a lot of momentum going for them and it's going to be a tough game."
On the lack of national respect for the Aztecs:
"It is what it is, it's nothing that we can control. The beautiful thing about our conference is that we have four teams in the tournament and that goes to show what we're doing nowadays and that this is a very competitive league and we're getting better and better."
On whether to try and stop NC State or do what the Aztecs do well:
"It's a combination of both. You can get stops, but if you're not making shots as well and if you're not playing while moving the ball well, then things probably are not going to go your way offensively. The thing about the game of basketball is that you have to play defense and you also have to score. It's going to be a combination of both, we're going to have to come out and play our game as well as focus on our game plan defensively."
On Chase Tapley's impact on the team:
"It wouldn't be San Diego State without Chase Tapley. His résumé at San Diego State so far has been phenomenal. He's an amazing player in terms of his growth, work ethic, and leadership ability. He's a big shot-maker and a big-time defender all around the board and everything you look for in a teammate. As a coach, looking for someone you want on your team, that's Chase Tapley basically all summed up into one."
On guys being tired at this point:
"I don't think it matters at this point. If you're tired, you have to suck it up. Somebody's going to come in for you or you're going to keep playing. There aren't really too many options at that point. I want to win more than I want to rest during the game."
Sophomore Guard Xavier Thames
On the reaction to the 9:40 a.m. start time for Friday's game:
"It doesn't matter to me. We're in a tournament and you have to come ready to play. It doesn't matter what time it is. I don't care if it's one o'clock in the morning, I know I have to come ready to play."
On if there is added excitement in playing an ACC team:
"It's going to be really exciting. They get to play against Duke, North Carolina, Miami, and teams like that. So it's good. We'll see if we can stay with teams like that, in getting a chance to play against NC State. It's going to be fun."
On trying to keep up with NC State or slow them down on the court:
"We have to pick spots on when we want to run. We don't want to get in a trap with those guys. They're very athletic. We'll try to pick our spots and wherever we get it, try to reach that bucket or take a wide-open three or something like that."
Junior Guard Chase Tapley
On hearing about the lack of national respect the team has:
"I don't hear it all the time, but it's just something that I'm used to, I guess. I've been used to it for the last couple of years at San Diego State being the back-runner of teams coming up. People dismissed what we did for the last two, three, four, five years, but like Tim (Shelton) said, it's nothing that we're worried about. We're used to it so we just have to keep proving people wrong."
On playing an unfamiliar opponent such as NC State:
"It's going to be nice. You're playing (MW) teams two or three times and they know your every move and what you like to do. Going into the NCAA Tournament and playing a new team, you just get to play your game and they don't know what to expect. You're going to get a lot of shots that you haven't been normally getting these last couple of weeks. It's going to be a fun experience, overall, playing a new team from a different conference."
On playing in the NCAA Tournament:
For me, it's just a great experience to share with your teammates and with your coaching staff. Growing up as a little kid and seeing it, to now finally being there, I just know what to expect with all of the festivities and stuff like that. When the lights come on, it's time to play. It's win or go home. I know that feeling of going there, losing the first game, and then going to the Sweet 16. I just can't wait to get out there."