Video & Quotes: Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. preview Pittsburgh

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. were both made available to the media on Monday afternoon. They talked about weaknesses they saw out of their team on film, practicing high-pressure situations and much more. You can watch the interviews in the embedded media player below or read pulled quotes below the videos.

Trey:

  •  “I don’t want to say it feels like the offseason, but it feels like we haven’t had a game in, like, two or three weeks but it was just last week.” The team will start scouting Pittsburgh today
  • On whether or not he’s played in the Garden: “No, I never have. It’s going to be exciting. … A lot of great players, hall of fame players, have played there. Just being able to go on that court and perform means a lot.”
  • “We all know that it’s a big tournament, That it’s one of the major preseason tournaments. We definitely understand the opportunity that’s in front of us. We’re blessed to have the opportunity to win a tournament as big as the NIT.”


Tim:

  • On the break: “I think it’s always good to get a break off your legs and some time to focus on the team concept. Coach Beilein’s done a great job of limiting our workouts and our hours. He really emphasizes getting our rest so that when we practice we can practice as hard as we can.”
  • When asked about helping the freshmen control their emotions on such a big stage like Madison Square Garden: “You can even put me in that boat because playing in Madison Square Garden, there’s nothing like it. I think it beats all venues for basketball. … We just have to continue doing what we’re doing.”
  • “I’ve never been to New York. Neever ever.” Said he has talked to his dad about playing there, especially in the late 1990’s during the Knicks-Heat rivalry. On if he thought he’d be playing in MSG while watching his dad: “I didn’t think it’d be this soon.”
  • Hardaway will spend Thanksgiving with his family, who will be traveling to the tournament. He would like to see the parade, but only if Michigan doesn’t have practice.

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