bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on Troy Gillenwater's play so far?
Marvin Menzies: Troy obviously is a huge addition especially at this time of year and you're doing well. We've been fortunate enough to win a lot of close games in conference and to add a player of Troy's ability is obviously going to be a big plus for us as long as we keep our focus and understand that it's a team game and everybody stays on point with that. The transition right now seems to be good, right when Troy came into the San Jose State game it was evident that his presence was going to be felt. He's been practicing with the team and that's a huge piece of why I'm anticipating the chemistry is going to be good.
bc.net: After the Louisiana Tech game you mentioned that you weren't particularly pleased with the play of some of your guys and that you didn't want to have to continue to rely on last second shots to win games. In your mind what does your team need to do to have a little bit more cushion at the end of games?
MM: Well it's not necessarily a cushion we're looking for, it's just solid play. Whether solid play has us in the lead then you want to continue with the level of execution that got you the lead and we seem to have mental lapses down the stretch. Now we've been fortunate because we've been able to survive them but you have to give credit to the defense of La. Tech as well. They played great defense down the stretch and they had a hand in us not executing. So it's not just us, it has to do with your competition as well.
bc.net: Thursday night you take on Fresno State who is expected to get Paul George back from an ankle injury. Is there any concern heading into tomorrow's game that your team might have a little bit of an emotional letdown after having played four high energy, high emotion games against San Jose State and Louisiana Tech?
MM: I don't know. We'll talk about it and we'll try to prepare them mentally to not have that happen but at the end of the day they have to have the wherewithal to understand the magnitude of every game throughout the course of a season and put their best effort forward regardless of the magnitude of the game. You've got to bring your 'A' game every night in this conference with all the parity.
bc.net: Assuming Fresno State gets Paul George back for your game against them, what kind of impact do you expect him to have coming back from the injury?
MM: It'll be just like Troy's, it'll be instantaneous because of the fact that he's been with them all year, even though he had a couple weeks off just recently he's still very with the system and very familiar him as a player and what his strengths and weaknesses are. I don't anticipate it's going to take much to have him rejoin and help them play better basketball right away.
bc.net: On Monday night you return home to face Hawai'i, a team who you had one of your really close games with. Jahmar Young hit the near last second shot to win the game for you. With the WAC only taking eight teams to the conference tournament this year, you're facing a team that is really fighting for their postseason lives.
MM: I think that goes to what I was saying earlier where every team is capable of beating any other team on any given night. You still have to have the focus and the attitude that it's a postseason game for yourself. You have to play that way. And when things all shake out, it could be. Every loss is either a good or bad loss and we wouldn't have anymore good losses in front of us. Any loss now would be considered a bad loss. It's just one of those deals where you've got to be ready for them.