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A final score of Virginia getting upset by the U S F dawns we're bringing on Franco Ako Who is the U.
S F dawns? Who worked for the dawns here he is a great, great great guy He was on.
I interviewed him on day.
He's the executive senior associate athletic director for external relations at USF.
We're gonna call him up right now. Here.
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So that's why I'm keeping the phone here.
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Ladies and gentlemen, we're trying Thio, get him on the show here.
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Uh, I'm calling about the Virginia USF game.
Hey, eso I mean, how did you feel when you saw the U.
Has had beaten Virginia 61 60 was a great feeling.
You know, we believe that this special obviously to a bad start in our first.
I think their reasons for that, you know, we were cold.
It's really affected the way we are preparing.
We didn't actually have any practice so little Dad, because our expectations for this time are pretty high.
I personally think it's one of the most athletic teams in the country today.
Beat the way we against the defending national champions for that does prove that we have the ability to players anywhere in the country.
So it really construct what we've all been believing.
But all right, other can do.
Killing it actually on it like that.
And I mean, Virginia is technically the national defending national champions.
Um, but, I mean, you guys have, I believe, a 20 game schedule this year.
You've got a lot coming up.
You have Gonzaga coming up and I mean, you're up, you beat.
You showed that today that you guys could beat a number 14 in the nation.
Probably the top one of the top teams in the nation, 61 60.
But what do you think about the Gonzaga game coming up? Well, you know, it's a long ways away.
Police or they get some type of.
I mean, I watched them play the other night, and that is a special team, really are very deserved, ranking their current one for one.
One national ranking.
They have size, they have strength.
They have guys that can shoot, handle the ball, that a test.
But we gave a run last year.
I think if you look at last year's wait something country every time them.
So I think we're pretty fired up.
Russia right, five times two.
So it should be an interesting matchup.
Yes, we had a boy who had 19 points, six assists for U.
S S and you have Koonin on the other side with E seven defensive rebounds for us F.
How do you think that the team, How do you feel about the teams playing today? Do you feel that they played great or do you feel that they could play better? I think there's always room to improve, but I wish we shut the heck out of before you shoot like that really does sound freeze there that we made in a row with our big guys.
Shooting were such a versatile they have guards.
You could get to the rim.
Well, yeah, guards.
You can shoot the three step out, Shoot the three Which, well, coach, So I just pictures the way we shot.
We were able now because Virginia is such a great When you talk about defense, they're the best team in the country.
Defensively, they've on the pack line defense.
We were able to stretch the scenes and allow wide open shots that are guys knocked out on.
I also always down the stretch was pretty.
Get a seven point lead in the little bit over a minute ago and for them to come back a lot of.
But this team showed remarkable composure.
Hung in right of the ship.
Were able to secure the weather.
Yes, and USF was able to regulate um, Virginia from three.
They only made about three shots from three, but San Francisco they made a lot of shots from the three point line.
They made some shots inside for Virginia was a lot.
It was a lot inside shots, but USF had a lot of mist inside shots.
Do you think that that is due? Thio the fatigue of playing three games in a row.
Get going in sight.
Definitely that the chief actor.
That's but didn't you also have some putting its size inside again? I think a scenario that will definitely get better.
And we have a great big man coach.
He does a wonderful job with our guys, and I think that that will definitely help.
You definitely want that balance of making inside shots, sticking threes, actually, the need to win games, right? And so you really wanna have three of those things you can mentioned where you rely just on threes.
I thought that's where we were my interest.
But we also sure I was encouraged because Virginia is national.
Her athleticism were right with them.
Yes, we We shot 46.
We regulated U V A to 25% from three.
We actually played some really incredible defense, but a little bit of a problem.
From the rebounding standpoint, the US have had 32 rebounds.
We allowed you via to get 36 rebounds.
Um, and I mean, USF obviously lost.
I can't remember his name.
Uh, the center 70 gosh, what is his name.
Yeah, Jimbo Whole.
Do you think that the absence of a big guy like wool is really gonna, you know, hold the players back? Obviously, because he was a 70 center.
That was just a massive guy.
I recruited Jimbo, so I have confidence in general.
When he was a different kind of player, he was player like the strong you could lean on.
Also, its development in his four years there was remarkable.
We looked are now able to step challenge off the dribble.
More take away from sin was just a different style of play, right? Her sultan versatility and guys who could step out and make that three pointer made beach up.
Trouble certainly fits in well with the quickness.
You the guard Scotch? Yes.
And I mean, how did you feel when I mean, I didn't feel too great after the first game, but how did you feel when they faced u mass? Allow? Disappoint Are you know well, X or first game, the situation.
I mean, let's be honest, you know, we were playing basket of play, David, One of the changes and we the No.
So you really your first day? You didn't know you were getting close.
Notice all the practices.
We're here to address one issue that you were going to play the Nebraska, and now you're preparing for a different team executions, But I'm sure, but there is a play.
But I've been telling people this is one of the most athletic keeps I've seen going back to the hearty Cartwright days.
This is an athletic king.
And so I Coach, I'm specializing.
You start with a game like that.
Obviously, we're all disappear.
Patient start shows the practice of the kids that shows the strength you've been coaching staff, kids focused compassion place best most significantly, this it along.
You have some other hard games coming up.
You have? Ah, Rhode Island coming up on Sunday, and then you head into December with back to back games, uh, in Nevada and then at home, and then you have you get a little bit of ah, a little bit of a break against Long Beach state and cow.
But then you have to go back on the road while you're on the road.
Technically, you're on the road against cow, but I don't consider it a road game, considering you're right in the right, Still in the Bay Area.
But you guys didn't have to go on the road down to Southern California to face us.
See a team that almost got stunned by California Baptist.
Uh, just how do you feel about the upcoming games? Take John your channel, get straight through on national television.
Whole country is getting to see what do U s show Todd Golden has going.
I think kids still come into play here because it's a great style of play and you could see we could play with anybody.
The greatest cities of the it really does well for us, for us to be on these nationally televised schedule is daunting.
There's no cupcakes.
Basketball there is capable of an upset, much capable of win engaged.
So right time I should total.
It's allowed us the place.
Nothing nice about coding and clarified on the up is that this covert situation has presented is that play people that we call played machine play Virginias and the Rhode Island's and all these things that were able to play is really quite a great experience for a kid.
Strong fingers who said it is a tough schedule, but I think it will have.
You're playing gunshot.
You in ST areas, The other great teams in our bunch of Congress? Yes.
And we also have another upset, uh, coming down here.
Seven seconds left between Ohio and Illinois.
Ohio leading 75 74.
But back Thio these big games that we're talking about, um do you think that this these big games we're gonna build up, you know, build up some some very big hopes for the coming years? And for this year, if we do have an NC double a tournament Yeah, well, that's just we're going tohave initiate tournament.
I think we'll do whatever we then you know, the situation it takes.
And I also think they exist.
Tournament doing whatever.
They create a bubble situation, global environment to make it shocked.
Yes, this wind certainly puts us in a great position for postseason flag.
And last year I think it would have made the tea, but with the cancelation of everything, we didn't opportunity, and that would've been a great step for us.
As we get regular participation, the CIA, if we continue it is too great things.
That certainly is a signature win.
I much Arctic N.
A tournament if we take care of business and do well in remaining in many games.
But looking for long term, this is really a significant win.
It's like I said, national television exposure.
You can't beat what we just saw have some things on the horizon.
We tell me, Mr Shows and the Royal Pavilion, which we hope to break this year, which would really put us in that elite level with facilities.
We have a fundraising campaign right down dodge together.
Think what they win today that also build some.
She their contributions and their support is helping.
Hopefully, all these things will keep us going. There was something on that.
Yes, it is interesting.
It's just she could match the funds back.
Hopefully get we could support to our students into our coaching staff.
Our sports, USF, names of signature events like we saw today.
Yes, I'm probably holding you up from something from launch.
Most likely, uh, so you know, if you know, do you have time for one more question? Sure, sure.
Okay, So we saw ST Mary's start off.
Kind of like USF.
Mary's started off with a harsh game against Memphis.
They lost 73 to 56.
They almost lost Thio.
Uh, they almost lost Thio University of Northern Iowa.
Um, But I mean, how do you feel about those two? Those, like, really close games for state merits? Do you think that is gonna benefit the fact that USF now can actually have a chance at beating them by a lot? Or do you think that state marriage is going to rise up through the season and gains more talent and get back to where they once were? We beat the last year, so we do over ST Mary's last year.
Last couple years, the wind stirring those stresses.
So we're inching closer and closer.
Of course, course Bennett does a great job.
Two of my former players were just just nearly a wonderful coaching step.
Outstanding job, and they're rebuilding a little bit this year.
They lost a couple of really significant players from last year's team coach does a great job, but I'm sure he'll have them ready to compete league play and look was well, this is great coach spend some wonderful things.
And so I think the league is the second down.
The league is getting better, which is really good for yes.
And I mean, the WCC is doing incredible.
They're getting back Thio basically showing up there.
Getting back to being one of these teams are one of these conferences, like the I mean, you could say the A C and, uh, in college football, they're both, you know, they're both, like, not not the power five conferences, But there their conferences that send, like, outstanding teams.
You got Gonzaga, you got same areas.
You got us F b Y you You've got incredible teams in here, and I mean, just it's I'm gonna be I I think I'm so thankful, Toe have us f you know, just about I'd say 60 miles away and being able to go there and watch them games and being able to ah, you know, just see us f you know, have a team that's a top team so close to me.
But how? Thank you, Frank.
On I hope you are saying safe.
I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and ah, you know, have a great day.
Okay, It's always a pleasure to speak.
Always appreciate the research the home doing how prepared you are for these interviews.
Thanks very much for all you to thank you, Mr Locke.
Oh, um right. Thanks again.
Have a great day. Bye.
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