“We’re getting closer. We’re getting closer,” Barbee said. “The part that we’re getting closer at is the grittiness that you’ve got to play with, the toughness, that fighting spirit no matter what the situation that’s happening in the game. Early on, we didn’t have that. We would let any adversity that hit affect and linger on way too long, so we couldn’t get over the hump.
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