The team got their first look at the Rose Garden, where they will play Gonzaga Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Keith Dambrot and players Nate Linhart and Chris McKnight took part in a formal press conference with the assembled reporters. The general tone of the session was how hard the Zips play. That was a followup to an earlier comment by Gonzaga Coach Mark Few: "I dont think I've ever in 20 years of watching game tape seen a team that plays that hard.''
In addition, Steve McNees, Darryl Roberts, Humpty Hitchens and Brett McKnight answered questions from tournament officials that were distributed to the press.
After that, the Zips had their alloted 40 minutes on the floor, the same as the other seven teams in Portland. The small crowd of UA fans gave them a round of applause. Most of the time was spent on shooting. At the end, Dambrot assembled the players at center court and spoke for several minutes.
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