On his team's season: "Well certainly for us at the University of Pennsylvania if we can win our League and go to the NCAA Tournament we have had a very successful season. We also have a fantastic non-conference schedule with the Philadelphia Big 5 as well, to include Drexel University, so if we can do well in those city games and in our League games we feel like we had a good year."
On going to the tournament: "Certainly when we get to the tournament we are going to play an outstanding basketball team. I've been asked this question a lot. We're typically somewhere around 11, 12, 13, maybe even 14 in some years, so we are going to get to play a top 15-20 program in the country. So we know that we are in for a tremendous challenge but we certainly want to make some noise when we get there."
On not having a League tournament: "In all honesty, a League tournament in our situation is good for seven teams and bad for one. But I still would like to try it. I think it would be great for a student-athlete in our league, when maybe a specific team gets off to an 0-3 start and makes it very different for the rest of the season because you always have that hope."
On the RPI rankings: "There's a lot of those letters thrown out there and what I understand is that we are going a little away from that in making the seedings, so for all of us its not something we can control so we don't worry about it too much. What we can control is trying to play a very good schedule and try to do the best we can and at the end of the year someone else will make that decision for us."
On Boston College: "This is a very good basketball team, one that we are going to have our hands full with. But we are really looking forward to the opportunity. We need to shoot it well and not turn it over, try to keep them off the glass a little bit."
On his team: "We feel really good about this team. Tim Begley has led us in every sense of the word, not only on the court but off the court as well, soI think we are a product of how well he has led us all year long."
On going who the team drew: "I am truly elated. It's a great opportunity for our kids to play a terific Boston College team and we are going to see what we can do on Thursday. "
On the teams seeding: "I don't think there is ever a team out there that you say you don't want to play. We've done a pretty good job in theNCAA Tournament, we've been right there anumber of times, we need to get over the hump and you'd like it to be somebody that is not as strong as Boston College. We are going to play a great team. We're a 13 seed, we knew going in that we were going to play a top-20 team."
On Tim Begley: " He's a terific, terific person, let alone basketball player. ButI think he's really led us in so many different ways andI think that his spirit has really taken over the whole team in all honesty."
On what the team needs to do to defeat Boston College: "We're going to not turn it over much , we're going to have to make shots and we're going to have to defend it very well to include, most importantly, not giving up too many chance opportunities."
On finishing out the season after clinching a berth in the Tournament: "The kids understand how important it is to finish the season outstrong and if they were going to be champions of our Leage, to play like champions as well."
On the selection committee: "I think its gotta be one of the tougher jobs that anybody has ... I think they do a great job.I know they sit there and spend a lot of time and really pour over a lot of information to try to get it right."
Coach Dunphy Quotes from the Wednesday Press Conference
On Being the First Team to Qualify for the NCAA Tournament
“There’s nothing unique about it. You want to finish as strong as you can possibly can, just to legitimize the fact that you were the (conference) champion and finish the season out like you should. It’s a pride thing and the kids appreciate that. It gives you a good stepping stone going into the NCAA Tournament.”
On Staying Focused
“We want them to embrace this experience as much as they can, but when it comes time to go through our practice and go through our workouts, and when the game comes, we need to be as focused as we possibly can be. We’ve done what we needed to do in terms of preparation. You get microphones put in your face much more than you usually do, so embrace that, but your job is not quite finished yet.”
On Penn’s recent string of success and how to get past the first round
“We’ve been fortunate. We’ve been here eight of the last 13 years and are grateful for our success. We won a game against Nebraska in 1994 in the first round, and we played one of the eventual Final Four teams Florida right after that. That next day is as good as it’s going to get in college basketball. In our preparation for this tournament, we knew we were going to face a top 20 team. That’s what we get every time we get in. We just hope to make enough shots and to limit what they do on the defensive end. We just want to do our best to represent our school and our League.”
On how he sells the Penn program
”It’s a pretty easy sell. In fact there’s been great history and tradition to the University and the men’s basketball program. The Palestra...is there a better place than that? I don’t think so. It’s as good as it gets. You sell Philadelphia basketball. You sell an education that hopefully puts you in a great stead for the next 40 years. We’re not recruiting you for the next four years, but for 40 years. There’s so many different things that we have to offer, both today and in the future. You’re going to play as good a schedule as we can muster. We are not just coaching the games, we’re coaching their memories and experiences. To get to the NCAA Tournament is a pretty fantastic year.”