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1) I love the tough play of Buzz’s teams. I always feel like they are trying their hardest and I think that is a big part of the resiliency they have shown this year. It also makes them very easy to root for. Do you feel like that toughness will provide an advantage heading into the postseason, or do you think other teams will also elevate their play and that might neutralize the effort advantage we have seen throughout the year? Or maybe a better question is: do Buzz’s teams generally exceed expectations in postseason play? – ArtVandelay
Chris Coleman: I’ll answer the second part of your question first. Let’s look at each one of Buzz’s NCAA Tournament teams at Marquette…
2008-09: #6 seed, Round of 32 (met expectations)
2009-10: #6 seed, First Round (did not meet expectations)
2010-11: #11 seed, Sweet 16 (exceeded expectations)
2011-12: #3 seed, Sweet 16 (met expectations)
2012-13: #3 seed, Elite 8 (exceeded expectations)
Just going by seeding, Buzz’s teams met expectations twice, exceeded expectations twice, and did not meet expectations once. Overall, Buzz’s teams have performed very well in the NCAA Tournament. Two Sweet 16s and an Elite 8 in the span of three years is obviously something that we would all love to accomplish.
As far as the playing hard thing goes, while I do believe the Hokies play very hard, and I know they are mentally tough, when you look at our rebounding and our defense, I’m not sure that I’d classify this team as physically tough. Physically...
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