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NCAA Tournament 2016: Quotes from Syracuse's Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney

The two Orange seniors appeared for media in St. Louis this morning.

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The 2016 NCAA Tournament has officially started, which means less than 24 hours until the 10th-seeded Syracuse Orange take on the 7th-seeded Dayton Flyers in St. Louis tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Syracuse's two senior starters, Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney, chatted with attending media for a little bit this morning at Scottrade Arena. The main quotes were all captured by's @SyrBasketball Twitter feed.

The conversation started with the two experienced NCAA Tournament players recounting their previous trips to the Big Dance. Both players were on the 2013 team that played in the Final Four, but if you recall, Gbinije was redshirting that season:

And of course, things had to move on to Dayton...

Trevor Cooney's neckbeard doesn't breed as much faith as you'd think:

Cooney was also asked about defense (and not shooting, strangely). He said they need to move more in the zone (agreed). Both seniors were also asked about how last year's self-imposed tournament ban impacted SU coach Jim Boeheim. The two had different perspectives on it:

Gbinije also says that Rakeem Christmas wished him and the team luck via text.


Nothing out of the ordinary above, but what else would you expect from the two typically collected, calm senior leaders of the team? The team practices at the arena today, then has to be well-rested for a fairly early game tomorrow. The Orange and Flyers tip off at 11:15 a.m. local time in St. Louis.