Reaction From Jimmy Patsos, Rob Poole and Marquis Wright To CBI Berth

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Siena coach Jimmy Patsos, Rob Poole and Marquis Wright comment on the opportunity to play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) postseason tournament.

Siena Head Coach Jimmy Patsos

“It’s a great honor to be playing in a tournament. Only 40% of all college basketball teams play these days.”

“Congratulations to U Albany and the Great Danes and Will Brown. We started our season with them and I knew we were ok when we hung in with most of the game with them. Congrats to them. I think it’s great for the area when teams play in the post season, whether it’s Union hockey, Albany and we’re part of it.”

“Playing in the CBI obviously it’s a different thing but it’s a first step. VCU’s won it. Oregon’s won it. Pittsburgh’s won it. Santa Clara’s won it and Tulsa. They’re all teams that have really good programs. We’re a really good program.”

“I think the reason we’re in it is cause we have great tradition. I’m sure it’s cause of the MAAC. The MAAC’s a really strong conference. It’s because of the tradition of Siena Basketball. It’s because of the fans. To have a home game that says you have great fans and a good program.”

“It’s been a good group and they want to play. We lost our only tournament game in the MAAC but we also didn’t win a game in the Old Spice so we want to win a tournament game. That’s what you want to get practice doing.”

“I watched closely (UAlbany vs. Stony Brook) cause I like Will (Brown) . I was with Lucious (Jordan) cause he’s an Albany grad. They’ve got a really good big guy. I know they can score. If they’re as good as Vermont and Albany then they’re better than us. We just have to execute. Their big guy is really good. I voted for him for first team all-district.”
“We had a really good practice today.”

“Watching the Big East (ESPN special) on Dave Gavitt, what I liked was that they showed that the arenas were why the Big East took off. We play in an arena.”

“We won the last four (regular season). I think they (CBI) do the same as everybody does. How were you going in? We won four in a row. How was your last game? We lost a really tough game to Canisius. Do you draw? Yes we do. How was your home record?”

“I really wanna thank the fans. That’s really one of the reasons this thing is going our way.”

“It’s valuable experience plus I want to see if we can win the tournament. You gotta win three games and then it’s a two out of three format. Hey I’m getting ready to be a pro coach. Perfect. After what Phil Jackson did, I accept the job. It’s a unique format.”

“I’m just glad the players get rewarded and the fans get rewarded. They did it this year.”

“There are big teams. I know Penn State’s in this tournament. It’s good for the Albany area. I hope people come out cause Stony Brook’s a real opponent and it’s live basketball. Our guys work really hard and play a really fun brand of basketball.”

“40% of college basketball teams get to the postseason including this. That’s not that big a number. 50% is pro hockey and pro basketball. 55%-60% is pro football.”

“With the upswing we’re taking I’d say it’s earned.”


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Rob Poole
“It’s nice to come back and play. We thought it (the season) was gone and then we got a text and then we realized we had to come back and start practicing.”

“We didn’t think we were gonna play so you kinda check out for a little bit cause you think you’re done. But then you’ve got to get right back into it. I think we have a good group of guys who want to play the game and just have fun and I think we’ll be ready to play.”

“More experience game wise. The freshmen are sophomores now basically but it’s just good for next year to play in a post season game cause that’s what we’re looking for next year. Hopefully this can reward us and get us ready for next year.”

“I played against a kid from Stony Brook who went to my rival high school so I was watching him play. Carson Puriefoy (13.0 ppg.). I played against him 8 times in high school. He’s really good. He’s one of the best players on their team. They have a really good big guy.”

“We’re working for the NCAA’s next year and this can maybe prepare us for that. Get tournament experience, try to get a win and just keep playing and keep going.”

“It’s pretty cool we get to play in front of the home crowd. They deserve it. They’ve been supporting s all year. I’m just hoping to put on a good show for them.”


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Marquis Wright
“It’s a great feeling that we even got invited. I went to the gym three times, still getting work in while we were off. It’s just a good feeling to be playing.”

“This will get us ready for next season. We have a lot of young kids on the team and it will help us.”

“I heard they have a big man and they can score so we just have to match the intensity.”

“It wasn’t that much time off so we were still in game mode so we’re still focused and ready to go.”

“We did finish strong the last 7 games so we’ve just got to keep it going. We’re here to play again. We’ve just got to me mentally ready.”

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