Jan. 25, 2007
Bank of America Arena, Jan. 25, 2007
Oregon vs. Washington
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar:
Opening Statement: "Well, home sweet home. I am proud of our guys for how well they competed tonight. We played a team that was without a guy who at this point may be the league MVP in Aaron Brooks and a warrior in Adam Zahn. Nonetheless, I still think that we put forth the type of effort that wins ball games tonight. I am really pleased with our team. It was good to play Justin Dentmon play at such a high level and it was good to see Spencer Hawes back in the lineup as well. I think that a lot of guys stepped up and did some great things; one was Hans Gasser's big three point shot and then Brandon Bermeister's deflection right before the half that prevented Oregon from getting any momentum."
On Justin Dentmon: "This week we decided to put Justin Dentmon back in the lineup. He has been steadily coming along and tonight we saw how much progress he has made since his early season slump. You saw him coming up with rebounds and steals and those are the things that you are looking for in Justin Dentmon."
On defense: "We played pretty good defense tonight, but there were times when we had lapses. Certain combinations on the floor gave us a high level of intensity, but I thought we came out really sharp on the defensive end."
On playing the zone: "I thought that our guys did a good job in their rotations. Oregon had some good looks on the switch and sometime anything goes."
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent
General Comments: "I thought they played extremely hard in the game, and the thing I told this team, We have worked extremely hard to get to this number seven ranking and 18-1, 6-1 (Pac-10) and you are going to get everybody's best shot.' They are going to get a real good feeling of what those teams in the top 20 have to go through night in and night out, and you've got to battle, and Washington came to battle. I thought they set the tone in the first half where they pounded us a little bit on the boards and we had a hard time keeping them off and keeping second shots off and had a hard time defending them. And everytime we got tough and defended them, we came right back up on them again. So, to their credit, they battled hard the entire game. I thought they played a lot harder than us in this ballgame."
On Turnovers: "Well obviously the turnovers will hurt you and everything, but we can't use the excuse of not having Aaron (Brooks) here and everything else. This is a good enough basketball team that can play a little bit better basketball in that building and they took the fight to us and we didn't respond well enough to it."
On Playing Without Brooks: "Well you do miss him, and he is our leader, and we know that. But, at the same time, he has nothing to do with blocking out Brockman and blocking out Spencer on the boards. That's not Aaron. Weak side rotation - that has nothing to do with Aaron either. So there were some things on the floor where, yes, we miss Aaron, but there other things on the floor that have to do with the guys in that locker room. They didn't do a good enough job in this ballgame."