University of Akron players Steve McNees, Nikola Cvetinovic and Zeke Marshall participated in the team press conference at the United Center late Thursday afternoon. Coach Keith Dambrot answered questions after the players. The Zips then held a short shooting session on the court that was open to the public and drew a small crowd.[ep
Here is one quote from each player and Dambrot:[ql
Dambrot, on whether his team will have to adjust to the Irish overall size advantage: ""I am an old school coach. We have to play to our strengths and believe in what we have. We have to do the same things we've done all year, regardless of the opponent.''
McNees, on the Irish: ""They shoot it and pass it well. So I think it starts on the perimeter. We have to take away their outside jumper as much as we can.''[ep
Cvetinovic, on returning to the NCAAs after losing to Gonzaga in 2009: ""It's a different story this year. We had a great game against Gonzaga. We learned a lot from that experience and I think this year that we will show our maturity level and how we've going to play.''
Marshall, on the four 6-foot-8 Notre Dame players in the starting lineup: ""Well, their overall size is a lot bigger than our team. But, me individually, I'm taller than anyone. I do have some slight concern, but I don't have any doubt we're going to be able to play well against them.''