We are pleased with the 3-0 start to our season. Our guys have responded well to the demands of competition. We have so much room for improvement and it is nice for our staff to have game film now to teach and instruct from.
The IUPUI and Cleveland State games served as good tests for our team. Each team challenged us in unique ways in Crisler Center this week. This will help us as we continue to go throughout the season.
If I had to point to one characteristic of our team that I really like right now, I would say that it is our team's unselfishness. The ball movement and flow have been very solid so far and will only continue to get better as our team gets more comfortable on the court.
The back-to-back game scenario in college basketball is rare. It usually only occurs in the preseason tournaments and conference tournaments at the end of the season.
The quick turnaround time puts a ton of pressure on the staff to put together a concise game plan and on the players to play hard and smart with limited rest time. Our team responded well to this early season scenario. They showed great maturity in their ability to handle their classes, game preparation, treatment/recovery needs, and the games over a two-day period.
Advancing to New York in the Preseason NIT is an accomplishment for our team. We are looking forward to heading to NYC because this will serve as the first opportunity to win a championship with the 2012-13 team. Our preparation over the next week will be driven by championship thoughts and aspirations.
For many of our players this will be first time playing in Madison Square Garden. Playing there is certainly special, and we look forward to the opportunity of taking on Pittsburgh next Wednesday (Nov. 21) at 9:30 p.m.