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 Syracuse.com'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:
Asked about 2013 Final Four, Gbinije recalls practices being at high intensity. Cooney recalls late rough patch and sticking together.— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) March 17, 2016
And of course, things had to move on to Dayton...
Asked about '14 NCAA game vs. Dayton: Gbinije talks about attacking the basket. Cooney says they're a good defensive team. Movement a key— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) March 17, 2016
Trevor Cooney's neckbeard doesn't breed as much faith as you'd think:
Asked about Selection Sunday and concern. Cooney said I thought we'd get the play-in game. "A big relief to be a part of.''— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) March 17, 2016
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:
On how missing NCAAs last year impacted Boeheim: Gbinije says "He got better. Watched other teams.'' Cooney: "It was really tough for him.''— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) March 17, 2016
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.