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PHILADELPHIA – Saint Peter’s men’s basketball manager Shaheen Holloway tweeted some wisdom Sunday hours before his Peacocks launched into North Carolina in the Elite Eight.
The passage under the title “Stay the course” mentions Chris Beard’s quote about making sure his team didn’t change anything about their routine even if they weren’t having success on the basketball court.
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Beard coached Texas Tech at the Final Four in 2019 and most recently led his current Texas team to the round of 32.
“After a few losses in a row, coach Chris Beard was asked if he would do something different. He replied: ‘Absolutely not, let’s keep the course. Process. Get up, make sure you win the day. Go to class Sit down in the first two. File. Take off your hat. Turn off your cell phone. Listen to the teacher. Take notes. Enter the training room. Take care of your body. Make sure you eat 4 or 5 meals like a champ. Stay away from the dollar menu Go eat something that contains color. Tell Coke later and drink water or milk. Go into the video room. Watch it. Get a hard workout. Be a man. Practice. Practice. Embrace practice. Come back. at night and do your shots. Be a great teammate. Get into the weight room. It’s the process. It’s what you do. Stay behind. We work this thing for about 362 days a year and you get 31 games. It’s not about it. only of the game, but of the process right to play in games. We just have to keep fighting. ‘
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“A few nights later, his team beat the nation’s No.1 team. Stay on course.”
Holloway preached to stay the course even though the Peacocks make history by becoming the first no. 15 seeded to play in the Elite Eight of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Fans began packing in the area around Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center ahead of Sunday night’s game.
A good mix of Peacocks and Tar Heels fans were in Xfinity Live just outside the arena having lunch before the game started.
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A trip to the Final Four in New Orleans awaits the winner of the match.