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BYU Preps for Marquette in Louisville

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In preparation for its second round game against No. 3 seed Marquette, BYU basketball participated in media activities and practiced at the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday. The No. 14 seed Cougars and Golden Eagles play Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET on CBS and KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

Junior Forward Brandon Davies

"All of us are excited to be here. We're excited for a chance to play another game and do our best to get another win."

"We never gave up hope. We kept fighting. Coach stayed positive. We just kept believing and just made sure we kept fighting."

"We're definitely excited to play them (Marquette). They're a very talented team. They have a lot of fire power. It's going to take our best effort to come out and play our best game to get a win."

"We know he's (Jae Crowder) a great player. It's going to take a lot to get him stopped. We're going to throw a lot at him and just make sure we give him our best effort to get him stopped. It's not just him. They have a lot of other guys on their team that are serious weapons and serious threats. So he's a great player, but he's surrounded by a bunch of them as well."

Junior Guard Brock Zylstra

"Of course, I think any good team is going to think they have a chance to come back. Even though it was the largest deficit in NCAA history, as a team, you've got to believe you can come back and win no matter the deficit."

"A lot of confidence comes from coming from behind and winning, especially the NCAA Tournament. There's a lot of new emotions and adrenaline comes into play when you're playing in this tournament. A lot of confidence it gives us to know that we can play, and we can battle back from a pretty big deficit."

Coach Dave Rose

"We met last night with our players and tried to just let them know what today would be like as far as the schedule was concerned. I think that we've done a really remarkable job with the time frame that we've had as far as being able to get prepared for Marquette."

"I think that the turnaround is quick, but it's exciting for our players. It's what you want to be doing at this time of year. You want to be preparing for the next team, advancing in the tournament. So we'll get ready for tomorrow."

Marquette Coach Buzz Williams on Dave Rose and BYU's win over Iona

"Man, you talk about his story, junior college head coach, assistant coach, Phi Slama Jama. Cancer survivor. Just who he is, his beliefs, his morals, I stand at attention in respect for who he and Cheryl are. Then you look at his head coaching record. I think he's got to be one of the top two or three most unheralded head coaches in the country. He's won 78 percent of his games, been coach of the year in the league three years in the Mountain West, a league that I'm familiar with. Been to the NCAA Tournament every single year, had coached the player of the year at BYU. Had that ever happened before? I mean, I just‑‑ I stand at attention for who he is as a person and as a professional."

"I've never seen anything like it in all my life. I was ready to see the game. I was tired of preparing for two teams. I wanted to see a lot of different things within the matchup. BYU's not near as slow as you would think, and it's hard, unless you watch Iona, to explain how fast they are. But BYU's offensive numbers are very comparable to Iona's from an efficiency standpoint, from an effectiveness standpoint. But I had never seen an NCAA Tournament game like that."

"They had it wired into our conference room at the hotel, and that's why I got so fat last year because I'm just watching tape and eating chips and drinking soda. Man, I was a basket case watching that game. Scored 55 points in the first 14:30, and then you play the next 25:30 and score 17. I'm watching Dave.  I don't think‑‑ Dave doesn't use profanity, but I don't think he even thought about using profanity. Never saw him stand up and lose his mind. I thought it was a great game. Great game."

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