Golden Eagles Take Part in NCAA Media Day, Open Practice at Rupp Arena
March 20, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Head coach Buzz Williams and the Marquette University men's basketball team participated Wednesday in the NCAA's media day and open practice at Rupp Arena merely 24 hours before their Second Round match-up with Davidson College.
All the TV cameras, microphones, flash photography, and fanfare the day before one of the biggest games of a young man's career are just a unique part of the NCAA tournament experience, according to Buzz, and can be used to further one's development, if you have the proper perspective.
"If you studied it, you could find that the teams that do have the most success [in the postseason] are the ones that have the most experience because that unspoken value of being in the tournament and having gone through the media practice and all of those things," said Buzz. "I think they're all very healthy for your growth and your maturity as an individual, collectively as a team, maybe most importantly as a program."
Buzz went on to discuss Marquette's at-large selection as a No. 3 seed in the East Region playing against the No. 14 seed Wildcats, as well as what the Golden Eagles will need to do in order to advance in this year's tournament.
Likewise, players were also asked about how the team has prepared this week.
"Just coming into practice, locked in, ready to go, no lapses," said senior guard Junior Cadougan, who will be playing in his fourth consecutive NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
"Even at the end of practices when we're doing dummy offense and going through Davidson's plays, out-of-bounds plays, stuff like that, everybody is locked in, focused from beginning to end. I think we've been really, really good job of doing that for the last couple of days."