Asked if he’s confident his team — occasionally a quarter low in the motivation department — will have be emotionally prepared for Thursday’s NCAA game against UNLV, coach Mike Montgomery said, “If you don’t have a sense of urgency coming into this, then you’re in the wrong business.”
Monty said he’s reminded his players that unlike during the regular season, when they have a Saturday game after a Thursday game, nothing is promised in the NCAAs.
“Now you’re earning the right to play again,” he said. “These kids have watched NCAA basketball for years and have watched the One Shining Moment and watched people cut down nets and see people be heroes because of a shot made.
“That’s something that motivates kids. If not, then we’re going to be in trouble, then there’s no excuse for it, then you don’t have a heart.
“And that’s a big part of what any team has. If you have a heart and want to compete, this is a great stage to do it on.”