Dec. 28, 2010
On hosting the event for the 15th consecutive year
"This has always been a good tournament for us. We're able to get teams from all over the country to come down here, and it's always very, very competitive. We've got a great sponsorship with DoubleTree. I don't think too many tournaments have been able to have the same sponsor for over 15 years. It should be very competitive and we're excited to play again."
On Wednesday's opponent, the Nicholls State Colonels
"They're a different team. I think Nicholls is playing very well right now. They're shooting the ball very well. When you look back to where they were two years ago, it wasn't a very competitive game. This one will be. We're going to have to be ready to play. I think it's going to be a great tournament because all of the teams in it are very competitive. It's anybody's game."
On the other two teams in the tournament, Charlotte and Old Dominion
"We certainly knew when we scheduled this that both Charlotte and Old Dominion have great pasts but they've also had good teams recently. Old Dominion has had one of the best schedules of any team in the tournament, and Charlotte has a very good RPI and has beaten some very good teams. It's going to be competitive. It's going to be some contrasts in styles with some bigs and some smalls. I think it'll be a fun tournament to watch, even the games that we're not in. I hope our fans come out to watch because I think the game between Old Dominion and Charlotte will be very competitive."
On the role weather has played in the 2010 Tulane/DoubleTree Classic
"We've been very fortunate over the years with this tournament in that we've never had any travel issues because of the weather. This year was kind of unique. We really had a lot of problems getting teams in. Luckily, Nicholls is local, but trying to get these teams from the north in has been challenging. But we're going to adjust. The teams have all been very cooperative and our facilities people have done a great job of turning this thing around. Hopefully, it won't change the game at all."