WACO, Texas - Baylor men's basketball was selected as the No. 6 seed in the West region, and will open NCAA Second Round play against No. 11 seed Nebraska Friday 11:40 a.m. in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised on truTV.
Baylor NCAA Tournament Selection Show Quotes
Head Coach Scott Drew
Thoughts on playing in San Antonio:
"I love being in San Antonio. It will be great that our fans will be able to drive now because they make a big impact on the game. I remember when we were in Houston and the great advantage we had. I couldn't be more excited to be in San Antonio. It's a weekend on the River Walk for Baylor Nation!"
On first-round opponent Nebraska and physical play in the Big Ten:
"Well any team that you face in the NCAA Tournament is going to be a good team. Location will be big for us being in San Antonio. Playing on Friday with another day of rest for us will be very important as well. I think we are used to the (Big Ten physical play), looking at Kansas State and Bruce Weber and Tubby (Smith) at Texas Tech are both from the Big Ten. The Big 12 prepares you for any style, because you face so many of them. At the end of the day, it's all excellent coaching against great players. Hopefully the Big 12 will be able to show how good we have been and how well we have prepared for this moment through Big 12 play."
On the confidence gained from the Big 12 Championship going into the NCAAs:
"I think having our backs against the wall (has helped). It's basically been do-or-die and playoff basketball for a while. It was win or go home. I think that helps prepare you for the NCAA Tournament, because you have to be sharp each day in practice and each game. If you didn't win down the stretch like we did, we wouldn't have been in this situation. Hopefully that will pay dividends."
Senior Guard Brady Heslip
On getting the 6 seed in the West Region:
"We are just excited to be it the tournament. For me, this being my last year, I wanted to go out making the tournament. We've got a pretty good seed, and I know everybody down here was hoping for San Antonio. We are glad to stay close to school. We are feeling good about it."
On the team's goal going into the season:
"The goal at the beginning of the year was to win a national championship. If a team tells you that they aren't playing for that then there is no point in playing. Everyone's goal is to get in the tournament. We got that goal done, and now we prepare game by game. We have guys that have played in the tournament before with the seniors, and it is up to us to get better and get prepared for the game. We just have to take it game by game. Our goal is to be in Dallas, and we expect to be there."
Senior Forward Cory Jefferson
On the Big 12 preparing them for the NCAA Tournament:
"I feel we are very prepared. Playing in the Big 12 prepares you for every team out there with so many different styles of play. It helped us gain confidence."
On coming from being 2-8 to being in the NCAA Tournament:
"This is where we expected to be. Everyone else on the team believed that we were going to be here, and that's how we got here. No one gave up."
Sophomore Forward Taurean Prince
On playing back home in San Antonio:
"It's a great chance to get to go back home and play in front my family and friends. I saw that we had a chance to go to San Antonio, but I never really thought that we would go. I was surprised when I saw it. It'll be my first time playing home since high school, so I probably won't get that chance again unless God blesses me with a chance to go to the NBA. Besides that, it'll be my first time going back home to play so I'm very excited."
On the team's chances in the tournament:
"Our chances are sky high. I believe in every guy on this team. Rico Gathers is a beast on the boards along with Isaiah Austin and Cory (Jefferson). Everyone from our guards, to the bigs, to the bench, to everyone who doesn't play - we all come together as a unit. We try to find ways to pull out games."
Senior Guard Gary Franklin
On Baylor being a strong tournament team:
"I think we like to be tested a little bit, and we like to keep things interesting. We may start off slow, but we always finish strong. I'm proud of my team and organization being able to do that."
On why Baylor's season turned around:
"It was God being the focal point of our team. There are a lot of examples in the Bible where people go through hard times, and they seek God to come out of them. That's what we have done this year."