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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

McDowell, Pilots anxious for Xavier game

Talk with LSUS head basketball coach Chad McDowell and be prepared for an engaging conversation. The man loves to talk basketball.

But, with a little more than 24 hours remaining before his Pilots face Xavier for first place in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, and McDowell isn't saying much.

McDowell is usually forthright when it comes to analyzing his team. He's reverted to coach-speak when I talked to him Wednesday afternoon.

"It's as big as they come," he says, right out of the Nick Saban's "How to speak with the media," guidebook.

I ask him what the game will come down to, and there is a lengthy pause. Uh, coach? You still there? At first I thought I might have said something to upset him, but he's only choosing his words carefully.

His cliched answers may reveal nothing, but on the contrary, they reveal plenty. When a man of McDowell's talkative nature offers little about a game, you know it must be an important one.


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