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NCAA Tournament Pairings Reaction
Release: 03/14/2010
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March 14, 2010

Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar
"I mentioned to the crowd about the quick turnaround, and we had more people (here) than when we won the Pac-10 Championship last year. This is great. Our guys are excited. They've been extremely focused for the last six, seven weeks and they've now been rewarded with an NCAA Tournament berth. We dont' want to give that away too soon."

"We're playing against an exceptional basketball team. Marquette is very, very good. They've had some great wins; they're tough. They play in a good basketball conference (in the Big East). They played against some tough opponents. It's going to be an unbelievable matchup for us. But you're in the NCAA Tournament, you have to expect to play against the best.

"(Playing in San Jose) doesn't hurt us. Been to that area. Familiar with that area. We're pleased with that."

"(On not playing in Spokane) Spokane, San Jose, all of it is on the West Coast. Given the fact that we were an 11 seed, we can't complain at all going to San Jose."

Washington senior Quincy Pondexter
"It's an incredible feeling right now. Not many people get a chance to experience that. For our team to come together collectively and finish out the season the way we did and give ourselves an opportunity to reach the NCAA Tournament, it's truly a blessing.

"We really believed in ourselves. We knew the things we had to correct and we knew we had to play Husky basketball. Once we did those things, everyone bought into the team aspect and the sky was the limit for us. We've been on a roll ever since.

"I'm going to tell (teammates), like I told them about the Pac-10 tournament, just enjoy the experience and live your own. I can't tell them how to go about their own experience. It's theirs and it's something that they're going to have to live with the rest of their lives. All I will tell them is that we can't change what we do and we just have to come out and play basketball like we always have been and just let the wins and losses take care of themselves.

"It's truly a blessing. That's about all I can say. If certain things didn't bounce the way they did, we're not in this tournament and I don't have the chance to play for another National Championship again. I'm just really proud of the coaching staff and my teammates for really coming together and getting the season on the right course.

"One of my teammates from USA basketball last summer is on that team, Lazar Hayward. He's a tremendous player and he leads those guys. That team is a really scrappy team that plays well together. It's going to be a tough battle and I see a lot of similarities between ourselves and them in this game."

Sophomore Guard Isaiah Thomas
"I'm just glad to be in the NCAA tournament. I didn't really care who were playing or where we were at. I just wanted to get back here and get focused on winning games.

"(Media) say what they want. We're in there and you can't say too much about it now. They've all been down on us this whole season so I really don't mind what they say.

"I've seen (Marquette) play a couple of times but I haven't scouted them enough to know what their about. They're a good team; they're in the Big East. It's going to be a good game."

Washington Fan Dan Kamas
"I don't know, I don't mind our seed as much. I thought we were going to get a higher seed than Cal. I don't know much about Marquette. But, as my buddies and I were saying, we were just hoping not to get a big team that plays zone."

"I love (being in San Jose). I don't know if it's fair considering the (No. 11 seed), but I love it."

Washington Fan James Garnet
"I think we have a pretty good road with New Mexico after we beat Marquette, so I'm looking forward to that. I thought it was a decent draw."

Washington Fan Carri Keaton
"I don't know a lot about Marquette. I know they've been to the tourney before; I know they're a traditional school. I think we stand a good chance of beating them."

"I've only paid attention to some of the teams this year, but I don't feel Washington was treated unfairly. I love that we're in San Jose. It's not too far from home and that's going to bode well for us. It could be tough on Marquette, actually. It's a long way to get out here."

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