And here are a few leftover quotes from my phone conversation with Tech coach Pat Knight:
Coach Romar has said the Huskies got extra value from their close win over Montana, do you feel the same about Tech's two-point win at Stephen F. Austin: "Especially it being a road game for us. We hadn’t won a preseason road game for a couple of years. You don’t want all your games to be easy. We’re both from really tough conferences and you want your kids to be challenged. I think any time you have a tough game in the preseason it just prepares you for the conference. I watched the Montana tape, and I thought that was a good win for them because the kids had a nine-day layoff and that’s hard."
His opinion on the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series: "We’ve already played a Pac-10 team already. I like playing these Pac-10 teams. We’ve got three of them coming to Lubbock. We’ve already played Oregon State (a 64-60 win) then we have Washington coming in and we’ve actually got Stanford coming in just before Christmas. You couldn’t ask for three better opponents to prepare for the teams we’ll be playing in the Big 12."
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On Tech leading scorer Mike Singletary: "He’s a kid that can give you big numbers on any given night. Last year the problem was we had to rely too much on him. This year, if you look at our stats, we have about seven or eight guys who are capable of giving you big numbers. Last year we were about four deep, this year we’re about 10. Singletary is a kid who’s all-conference right now on any given night. That one night when he got 29, you don’t expect that to happen every night, but he’s capable of being a heck of a scoring threat and also getting a lot of rebounds."
On whether he recruits the same kinds of players his father Bobby Knight did: "The philosophy is the same – motion offense and man-to-man defense. But every coach has different taste in players when it comes to recruiting. I really like the junior colleges. I like kids that are versatile, athletic and can play three or four positions. I don’t care if you're father/son, everyone’s got different taste in players. We’re just trying to get a more athletic roster, because if you’re athletic you can always play defense. You might not be as talented as other teams, but if you’re as athletic or more you always have a chance night in and night out."
Both the depth and the recruiting philosophy sound a lot like the Huskies. Should be a fascinating game.