"Our mindset is simple," Diakite said. "We score and we don't allow anyone to score on us. And if you're scoring on us then it has to be tough, tough shots all night."
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"It makes me smile a lot because I've been ... through a lot of up and downs," said Diakite, entering his fifth season with Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers. "UMBC, the final championship, so it's cool. I like it."
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