Ed. Note: Catalina Foothills High School graduate and University of Arizona senior basketball player Matt Brase is writing a weekly journal of the Wildcats' trips through the Pac-10 and NCAA men's basketball tournaments.
Week One: The end of the
Pac-10 season vs. ASU
Week Two: The Pac-10
This Week: First and Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in Boise, Idaho
March 17 - UA 66, USU 53
March 19 - UA 85, UAB 63
March 23, 2005 - Boise is not the greatest town in the land, but it definitely brought joy to our team last weekend. It was a weekend I will remember for the rest of my life.
We headed off to Boise on Tuesday on a charter flight. Upon arriving we headed off to a high school gym so we could get our daily practice in. Following practice was a nice dinner at a local place in Boise. Wednesday consisted of our open practice for an hour at the Taco Bell Arena. We didn't do too much because we didn't want any of the other schools to see what they were facing. The practice was highlighted by Hassan Adams' dunks and Isaiah Fox's layups as time expired for our practice time.
I don't think I left the hotel room the entire trip except when we went to the gym or ate food. Bret Brielmaier and I got in our share of Tiger Woods golf on the playstation. Our room was quite the hangout this trip since we equipped our room with a projection screen to play video games, had the TV tuned to CBS the entire weekend to watch games, and had the Internet on our laptops. It was nice to be in a location like Boise because we had no distractions and all we did was bond as a team and focus on the task at hand.
The two games we played were amazing and I believe that our team is fully capable of going all the way in this tournament. We proved that we can win believe that our team is fully capable of going all the way in this tournament. We proved that we can win in a slow down game which we did against Utah State and an up tempo game that was displayed against University of Alabama-Birmingham. Following the UAB game, we were all excited and jumping around the locker room. Kirk Walters had a fantastic game, he deserves it from working hard all year and coming out of his redshirt halfway through the season. The great thing about this team is that we are not satisfied with winning the Pac-10 and getting to the Sweet 16. We have had one goal all season and that is to win a national championship. We are now four wins away and playing some of the best basketball that we have played all year.
We set off for Chicago Tuesday to face Oklahoma State which is going to be a great match up. A couple of us watched the game together yesterday and are confident that we will beat them. My parents and sister are coming out to Chicago so that will be nice to have their support there. I'll be back next week, Go Cats!!!