Live from Washington DC, CHN's Jon Teitel is covering the NCAA Tournament pod featuring Xavier/Georgia, Baylor/Purdue, West Virginia/Arizona, and Belmont/Duke. He'll be checking in periodically with player & coach interviews as well as news updates from the Verizon Center.
This afternoon, he returns within an interview from Xavier's Derrick Brown:
Q: What is your day like today?
A: We are just trying to maintain our concentration. Coach Miller has done a great job of getting us prepared.
Q: What do you know about Georgia?
A: I only caught glimpses of them in the SEC tournament, as we were busy in the A-10 tournament. I am not really worried about their nothing-to-lose situation. It is a 1-game season with a lot of adrenaline, and it is a chance for every team to redeem their entire season if they can keep winning, or end their season if they lose.
Q: I know you're not a doctor, but how is point guard Drew Lavender recovering from his ankle injury?
A: You will have to ask Drew himself, but he looks ready, and I know he will come to play with everything he has got.
Q: What is Coach [Sean] Miller like?
A: Honestly, he is 1 of the best guys I have ever been around. He is a players’ coach, and he makes us want to work hard for him, even when he occasionally yells at us.
Q: Your team is very balanced with a lot of double-digit scorers: how does that affect your offensive game plan?
A: Nobody cares who scores, which helps us play better as a team. If we need a basket at the end of the game, we have several options, rather than a single go-to-guy.
Q: You had a very difficult schedule this year: how has it prepared you for the NCAA Tournament?
A: Our non-conference schedule was pretty hectic, so we are ready to go.
Q: What did you learn from the loss to Ohio State in last year’s NCAA Tournament?
A: It was my first time in the tourney, so it was interesting to see what it was like to be on a big stage against a big-time opponent. Now that I have that experience under my belt, it will allow me to focus this year on getting the job done.
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