Neal: “Obviously, we caught them, they’re playing really well, they’re really hot going into the NCAA Tournament. I don’t think that’s a big surprise. They’re a talented team, it was just a matter of when they pulled it all together. Looks like they’re doing that. ... Just have to learn from that. The main thing we took from that, we need to be more tough and we’re going to work on that this week and get ready for Thursday.”
How much did the Big 12 prepare you for NCAA Tournament play?
Neal: “There’s a wide variety of teams in the Big 12. You’ve got your big teams, you got KU and Texas. You got other teams that can spread you out, like Iowa State. We were tested well and we’ll be ready for North Dakota State and any team beyond that, hoping we get through them.”
Will the 2013 NCAA Tournament experience help this team?
Neal: “Just as far as the travel and the media and everything that comes with it, you kind of know what to expect. We’ll have a shootaround, just like we did in Kansas City. Then it’s just another game. Like I said, we gotta use these three days, two here, one day in Spokane, to get better in practice.”