Nov. 25, 2008
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"First of all, Kansas played a great game. Kansas executed tonight at both ends of the floor at a high, high level. They packed in a zone against us. We tried to get the ball inside and they blocked seven of our shots in the first half. We were one-of-10 from the perimeter and we couldn't get anything going. What Kansas did, at this point of the year, after four games, they exposed us in terms of us not being able to make the extra pass. We felt that the way we played was that we would just get the ball and go and we would be just fine. They played good defense against us. We knew, going into the game, they were holding teams to below 30 percent (from the field). I see why now. They do a good job in their man defense, but for the most part they played a zone. We didn't handle it very well because we didn't pass the ball as we should have. Eight assists for the game... We just have to be able to do a better job than that. This is also one of the reasons you have a non-conference schedule. When you play in these types of tournaments against these types of competition, you learn where you are. We can go back and work on things and get better. That is what we plan to do.
"In the first half, I thought we were a few mental mistakes from going in at halftime with the game being close to tied up. But, due to several mental mistakes that didn't happen. In the second half, we got worn down and they kept pounding it inside on us and separated themselves.
"Cole (Aldrich) is very good. He is really developing into a nice player. He is so long. He has long arms, has nice reach. He can throw over the top of the defender if you don't have someone long against him. Jon Brockman worked his tail off, but gave up probably four inches against him. But, he is becoming a nice basketball player.
"We have to do a better job of knocking shots down. When you have your feet set, and it is not a quick shot, you will shoot a higher percentage. I just don't think we are taking quality shots. We are rushing shots because we are not making the extra pass and are not looking enough at how we can make our teammates better. I don't think it is a total selfish thing. You go into a game confident and thinking you can make things happen. The shot clock probably needs to run down further in our case. We will get there. We will hit this (issue) hard (in practice).
"I was surprised (to see Kansas play so much zone defense). Tonight I thought Kansas came together a little bit more. I thought they did a good job in executing on both ends of the floor. They only turned the ball over 10 times and they made it difficult for us to get anything easy. We will see what happens tomorrow (against Syracuse) but I thought tonight they really came together."