Today in a media teleconference call for the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, Marist head coach Chuck Martin was asked if he was doing anything different to prepare for the No. 2 team in the country. Here's his answer: “We are doing some things, we are preparing as best as we can. We are preparing our guys for their full court pressure and their traps. We are trying to preach to our guys that we want to be the best Marist Men's Basketball team that we can be Friday night and through out the year. Regardless of who we are playing against so really we are playing against ourselves. Kentucky is a tremendous program with a great history with tremendous players. We are not as concerned with Kentucky as we are with ourselves. Can we come out and control our emotions? Can we come out and execute some of the things that we have been working on for the past month and a half? If we can do those things, I will be very proud of my group and I think we will do some nice things in the game. It's a tremendous honor it's a humbling experience it's a tremendous opportunity for me, I am still at heart a kid from the Bronx who grew up in NY and for me to be a part of something like this and to compete against some of the best programs in the country and to play against Kentucky. It's a dream come true for me and my family and we are excited about the opportunity and hope that we can perform very well in the tournament. I think it will be a tremendous opportunity for us to learn there is no other team on our schedule that is going to pressure us and defend us as much as Kentucky will. No other team on our schedule that has the length and athleticism that Kentucky has, so if we can execute something's offensively and defensively we can walk away saying “hey fellows we did some good things in that game”, and we can certainly do that against other teams.”
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