I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving in New York City went well. We were able to secure a tournament championship by beating two very good teams in Madison Square Garden in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Both Pittsburgh and Kansas State are great rebounding teams and are extremely well coached. A point of emphasis in both games was team rebounding.
The game vs. Pittsburgh was the first game of the season that we trailed for a significant portion of the game. I thought our guys showed signs of toughness by continuing to stay the course during the game. Pitt did a great job of shortening the game by taking the shot clock down very low on the majority of its possessions in the first half and not allowing us many transition looks.
The game against Kansas State showcased some of our explosiveness on the offensive end. This team is capable of scoring points in a hurry, and we like the fact that we can build leads in games with solid halfcourt defense and quick strikes on offense. Kansas State did a good job of pressuring our ball handlers and taking away some of our passes.
I was thrilled that our team played well in Madison Square Garden. We wanted to make this a memorable trip to New York, and we are pleased that it resulted in a NIT preseason championship.
I would like to congratulate Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. for making the all-tournament team. I would also like to congratulate Tim on winning the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament. Tim played tremendous basketball in New York, and we love what we are seeing from him.
Now that the NIT Season Tip-Off is over with, our focus is now on helping the Big Ten Conference win the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. We have a ton of pride in our conference affiliation and we desire to represent the Big Ten Conference the right way. We have a lot of respect for our opponent, N.C. State, and look forward to battling them in Crisler Center tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in front of a packed arena!