"Full Court Press" w/ Coach K
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Hello everyone.  I hope you all are staying warm.  We've had quite a cold week.  We left Friday morning for our games at North Dakota State and South Dakota State.  North and South Dakota are fun places to visit, but none of us could imagine having to live in either place.

After we landed in Fargo, it was a quick trip to the hotel to put our stuff away and get dressed for practice.  Our practice wasn't the best we've had.  Our energy level wasn't where it needed to be a day before a game.  I know we had a long day of traveling, but when we step on the court, we've got to go hard.  You can't just turn it on the day of the game.  Practice carries over into the game.  And that's exactly what happened.  North Dakota came out fired up and excited.  We knew how important it would be for us to box out and attack the boards.  We didn't.  It's not enough for us to be side by side someone and expect to be able to out jump someone for the rebound.  We have to hit our opponents with a great box out and then go for the basketball.  In the end, our own mistakes and North Dakota doing the little things right costs us again.  After our game, we stayed for the first half of the guy's game to cheer them on and show our support.

Sunday, we had an early start leaving Fargo due to increased snow and icy roads on the way to Brookings, SD.  We had a good lunch and then some nap time in the hotel before our practice at Frost Arena.   Monday, we had shoot-around at 10am and tip off was at 7pm.  South Dakota came out strong, playing team basketball.  They pushed the ball in transition and were extremely active on defense.  Again, we failed to box out and rebound when SDSU actually missed a shot.  This game, we did awful in the first half, but played much better in the second half.  But we had dug ourselves quite a big hole in the first half that we simply couldn't overcome it playing the way we played.  I felt like some of the kids went hard and tried to do everything we asked of them.  And then I felt like some of them still had their heads in the snow.  I really hope we've finally learned our lesson about how important boxing out and rebounding are in a basketball game.

I think we were all ready to come back to Louisiana.  We'll have Wednesday off and then we'll be back to practice on Thursday to start preparing for our home games against Southern Utah and UMKC.

Hope you enjoy the following quote.

"If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way.  Don't wait for great opportunities.  Seize common, everyday ones and make them great."