Fifteenth-seeded Morgan State batted lead-off at the podium this morning and declared itself ready to match West Virginia's physical style of play. It's the hope of head coach Todd Bozeman that if the Mountaineers are allowed to pound, the Bears receive the same courtesy from the officials.
"They will wear you down," Bozeman said. "They will beat you up, so to speak. I don't mean that in a negative way, but they're a tough team. They're a tough-minded team. . . . The nation doesn't know how physical Morgan State is. Our conference (the MEAC), they treat us like that and they say we're psyical. So if the officials look at it and they're going to say, 'Well, both team are physical, we're going to let it go,' fine. They might say, 'West Virginia, we already know you're physical. Morgan, you can't play physical like that. That's a difference. So that's a point of emphasis for sure."
The Bears had envisioned they'd arrived in Buffalo accompanied by Anthony Anderson, the redshirt freshman who was diagnosed with leukemia the first day of practice. However, Anderson's condition had not improved to where doctors were willing to let him make the trip.
""I talked to him after practice yesterday," said freshman DeWayne Jackson. "He told me he wasn't feeling well but he was like it's not going to keep him down. He told me to tell the team to go out and play."
-- Bob DiCesare