March 15, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey and selected player quotes from Monday night’s NCAA Selection show.
Coach Mike Carey
I figured that we would be a No. 3 seed, but I am very disappointed that once again we may have to play a team on their home court. Of course we have to win the first game first. We have to get by Lamar and then if we do that and Texas wins, there is a possibility that could be the matchup in the second round, and I am very disappointed we have to play on somebody’s home court.
I am a little disappointed in the BIG EAST, too. I thought they would fight for us a little bit more and not let this happen. We asked them to help us and make sure this didn’t happen again and it did. It is what it is, though, and we just have to get ready for the game.
I think Pittsburgh was a realistic option. We are a third seed and finished second in the BIG EAST, and we get have to go and play someone on their home floor, I don’t see why that happened. But once again, we just have to get ready to play. It just shows you that we don’t get the respect that we need to get.
I don’t know anything about Lamar’s team, but I know their coach (Larry Tidwell) real well. He is a great guy. He used to be an assistant coach at TCU and I am good friends with him, so it will be good to see him, but I don’t know anything about his team.
It is a great place, a great town and venue; you just don’t want to play the home team on their floor. I would like for them to come play us here in Morgantown, but that isn’t going to happen. They put on a great tournament that is very well run and very professional. There is no doubt our girls will enjoy it regardless.
I am very excited, I can’t wait.
Once Notre Dame got the No. 2 seed, I knew that we were going to get a No. 3 seed. I was a little bit disappointed, but you have to take what you get and just roll with it. Once we got it, I felt good. Now we know where we are, and now we know what we have to do. We know how we need to play defense and how we are going to attack them offensively.
I am going to try to play just like it is any other game and stay comfortable and not even think about playing at home and just focus on playing the game.
We had an idea of where we might end up, but no one was really sure where exactly we would land. I kept hearing little whispers about Texas, but I didn’t get too excited about it because you never know.
We were surprised that Notre Dame got a No. 2 seed, but we kind of figured it because ending the conference like we did was unexpected.