Matador Minute with Willie Galick

Nov. 10, 2009

Q - How does it feel to have the season opener at No. 7 Purdue right around the corner?
A - I feel excited having our first game coming up so quickly and at a major school who is ranked in the top 10. I started my first Division I game ever against #2 UConn, so I'm no stranger to big games.

Q - How does this year¹s team look so far? Can you tell the fans about the players on the team and their strengths?
A - The team is looking very talented, and by the time we get to the conference season we should be a great team. I know our veterans from last year will step up and I'm always excited to see how our new additions will contribute and fit into our unit.

Q - Have you made any improvements from last season? What can Matador fans expect to see from you this year?
A - I have been trying to mature my game and control my emotions a bit more. The coaches and my teammates are pushing me to be a leader and stay on the court with less fouls. I want to give our fans what they deserve, and they deserve to watch good basketball.

Q - How do you think the team will do with the tough non-conference schedule?
A - Our team will be put to the test as we were last year with a demanding schedule. We love to see how we do on the road against tough opponents and these are the games that will prepare us for conference.

Q - What are the team strengths this year? What are the key things this team needs to do to be successful?
A - Our talent and athleticism are definitely our strengths. We are very versatile and love to run the ball. We will be very successful if we learn how to play as a team and play every possession to the best of our abilities.

Q - What are your goals for the team this year?
A - I believe I speak for the entire team when I put another trip to the NCAA Tournament at the top of the list, and that means conference champions as our ticket in.

Q - How will the team repeat as conference tournament champions and go back to the NCAA tournament?
A - In order to get back to being champions and reaching the NCAA tournament we must learn to trust each other and more importantly trust the system. If we don't trust each other or believe in what we are taught, our chances become very slim of reaching any of our goals this season.