March 14, 2004
Selection Sunday Quotes
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
On what to credit this year's turnaround to: "I didn't know how long it would take. I thought when our guys sacrificed themselves to the team, then it'd happen. Whether it was last year, or this year, or whenever it happened."
On UAB: "They get up and down the floor, they press, they play a lot like a Nolan Richardson school. They're quick, they're similar to us in some ways."
On where he thought they'd end up: "I was thinking seven to ten, as high as seven, as low as ten."
On how the NCAA rewarded Huskies for a strong finish: "I think it's good, there was a lot of talk about whether we would even have a chance. We had to win games and keep winning to be rewarded like we were. We could have always been higher, but we couldn't have made it either, we're very pleased."
On excitement for his team: "I can't tell you how excited I am just to see our guys in this room, going through this. I'm so happy for them."
On whether he realistically saw the team in this position at the end of the season: "That was our goal, preseason, to make it to the NCAA tournament. We wanted to finish in the top half of the Pac-10. At that time, we felt that that put you in the NCAA tournament. We didn't know the year was going to end up the way that it did."
On redirected goals: "The redirection is simple, we have to beat UAB. There are no other goals right now, we have to win that first game."
On the advantage of being familiar with UAB: "I would like to think that by the end of the week we would be familiar with whoever we we're playing. We probably have a better feeling going into it than you would with someone who was foreign."
On big games down the stretch helping in the tournament: "It's been a great experience and great preparation without us even realizing it. I imagine the first minute or two down the floor there may be a little jitters, but this is not a team that is easily intimidated or awestruck."
On neutral floor for both teams being a help:"I don't know, the only thing we're going to be concerned about is playing the best game that we can play and winning that first game. When you get to the tournament you can't be concerned with anything except knowing your opponent, and being prepared."