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Quotes From Basketball Coach Bob Bender's Weekly Press Gathering
Release: 02/08/2000
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Feb. 8, 2000

SEATTLE, GRAVES BUILDING MEETING ROOM - ON THE STATE OF HIS HUSKIES:

"Certainly the confidence is higher than it was a week and a half ago. The hunger is greater because there is nothing they can't accomplish to this point but we also know how hard it is going to be starting Thursday night."

ON CHRIS WALCOTT'S INJURY STATUS (SURGERY ON LEFT KNEE):

"Chris is doubtful for Thursday but possible for Saturday. He ran straight ahead and shot yesterday. He was pretty good until he started doing things off of one leg and then he was a little tentative. Everyday gets closer to where we can get him back."

ON SENQUE CAREY'S INJURY STATUS (SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE):

"Senque is questionable for Thursday. His swelling is going down everyday and he's making progress. We kept him on crutches yesterday. We're taking him off crutches today so he can get some weight on it and we're going to try to get him on a bike this afternoon. If Senque's not available we will start Bryan Brown and stay with our regular rotation. Then Michael Johnson has to again assume some ball-handling responsibilities and Andrew Moritz is going to have to play some minutes."

ON WASHINGTON GUARD BRYAN BROWN:

"Bryan has a great feel for the point. He's never played the point but he sees things like a point guard. What we've told him is to pass up the first shot but then after you're in the flow of the game for a while, we encourage him to go ahead and look to shoot it because he's the type of guy who can get on a role and hit two or three. That was the only adjustment we talked about when he was going to be the back-up point and he's done a good job of that. He's a possession guy, he just has to be solid, not turn it over and get the offense initiated. He runs our stuff really well because he sees things. He's the ultimate team guy in so many ways."

ON GREG CLARK'S GAME AT WSU:

"That's his best game in his career here. That's what you can expect from him. He hit a three, he scored off the offensive glass and he defended. He did a lot of things. That really should be his standard type of game. Hopefully, he'll build upon that."

ON WASHINGTON'S SUCCESS AGAINST ARIZONA:

"When they get the ball into the lane area you're really in trouble because they always have guys who create their own shots, find guys on the perimeter and have great drop-down opportunities to the bigs. We've done a pretty good job and we've won when we keep the ball out of the middle. We've also handled their pressure and haven't turned it over excessively. When we've gotten beaten by them, we've been beaten handily and we haven't handled those things well."

ON THE SUCCESS OF ARIZONA'S LOREN WOODS:

"It's probably everything that people have expected of him going back to when he started at Wake Forest. He escaped those comparisons by transferring and getting his own identity instead of having it hung over his head that he's the next Tim Duncan. A player of his ability dominates a game but he literally does it on both ends of the floor. There are certain guys who are shot blockers off the ball. A great shot blocker is somebody who is so quick off their feet and their timing is so good that they block shots from the guy who they're guarding and he does that as well. What we found when we played him in Tucson and seeing him for the first time in person was how skilled he is. He's big and is certainly going to cause you some problems around the basket but he'll step out and shoot it or pass it. He's a very skilled player."

WHAT WAS MORE IMPRESSIVE, 61 POINTS BY EDDIE HOUSE OR 14 BLOCKS BY LOREN WOODS?:

"Fourteen blocks is pretty hard. Fourteen blocks is really hard to get. However, being a limited player myself it would have taken five or six games to get 61 points so that's pretty good too. Fourteen blocks is a stat that gets your attention right away."

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