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Published October 31, 2012, 06:20 PM

Dragons’ young team looks for successful season

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – There were plenty of treats here at Nemzek Hall last season turned in by the MSUM men's basketball team, who ended a nearly 50-year tournament drought. The trick now for Chad Walthall is how do you follow that up when expectations are high? I asked the head coach just that earlier today.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – There were plenty of treats here at Nemzek Hall last season turned in by the MSUM men's basketball team, who ended a nearly 50-year tournament drought. The trick now for Chad Walthall is how do you follow that up when expectations are high? I asked the head coach just that earlier today.

Chad Walthall, MSUM Head Coach: “I guess I was a little surprised just due to youth of roster. Good returning players. We do have Anthony Tucker, very good player for us. Have good players in place, not that deep. Talented young guys. We're not going to shy away from it.”

Dom Izzo: “You mentioned to me earlier only have three guys that have played in this conference, how much has made it a challenge during practice and make this exhibition games to get ready for the season?”

Walthall: “Of a 15 player roster, 12 haven't put a Dragon jersey on before and played minutes for us. It's a unique situation, not one that I’ve experienced before. These exhibition games coming up we've got to find out who's ready to play this year and who needs time. Hopefully in time we'll be a good team down the stretch.”

Izzo: “You ended a 47 year national tournament drought last year, obviously the culture has already changed here, do you get a sense of that and any added pressure to build on that?”

Walthall: “Pressure is defined a lot of different ways but I do think we want to be recognized as a first class program, start there and I think just our practice team we are, high class program. Think it’s important to have same values. That equates more to winning than losing, we want those expectations. That's a good thing. We're not going to shy away from them.”

The Dragons face Northwestern out of the Twin Cities tonight, NDSU on Saturday.

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