On the importance of rest during Christmas break:

Those guys have been putting in heavy minutes. We said no basketball. Don’t go back to your high school, don’t do anything. Derrick needs to rest and he needs to get that toe better. We all need rest right now. You could see they’re a little tired in the second half.

We need rest first. We all know when we have fatigue, fatigue makes cowards of us all. When we’re fatigued, it’s really hard for us to just concentrate to even be confident. Now they have that break, we’ll have three good days of practice to get ready for Illinois. Because guess what? After that it’s Tuesday-Saturday… all through the month of January.

So it is important for us to get this rest, especially when you have a team with this (young) makeup in their roster.


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