Huskies Talk About Second Round NCAA Opponent
March 19, 2010
Q. Quincy, obviously you want to move on to this next game, but with everything that happened yesterday how hard has it been to be able to move on from the euphoria?
Q. Venoy, all season long people have been talking about the East, teams on the East Coast, and obviously there is going to be one of you two west coast teams going to the Sweet 16, is that chip still there, that there are good teams out West that have been overlooked?
Q. Quincy, there is a lot made about the Mountain West as far as a rivalry between the Mountain West and the Pac 10 and the Mountain West feels like it's just as good, but they don't get the publicity. Do you guys feel that rivalry?
Q. What do you think is the biggest difference in your game compared to three, four months ago? What do you think about the match up in the post tomorrow?
Q. Did you see some of the game yesterday with New Mexico and Montana? How much success Montana's big guy had, did that give you any extra inspiration going into this thing tomorrow?
Q. New Mexico features one of the most versatile players in the country in Darington Hobson. Just wondering, what has coached talked to you guys about as far as that match up goes?
Q. I wonder if the emphasis you guys placed on stopping the three point shot yesterday is going to help you in this next game. It was a focus with Marquette and still they got off double digit three's. I'm curious how that will help you guys this time around?
Q. Either one of you guys, Quincy, talk about the way y'all are playing right now, would you say you guys are piqued at the right time?
Q. All three of you guys played in the second round game against Purdue last year, is there anything that you can take from that game that will help you get over the hump this time?
Q. In terms of the last couple of games you guys played, the Championship Game against Cal and yesterday, seems like there is a run that the other team makes and you guys have to overcome that. Is that a signature thing now, that you guys have been able to overcome the obstacles in order to make it happen?
Q. Talked about Darington Hobson, I'm curious who you guys saw in the game last night or what you know about Dairese Gary their point guard and what you need to do to stop him on offense?
Q. Guys, have you been paying attention to any of the other parts of this Tournament, one of the greatest first days of the Tournament ever and all the double digit seeds that have won? Have you had a chance to see that at all?
We have to focus on our team being a double digit seed and advancing in this Tournament.
Q. Coach, kind of curious about the last couple of games in terms of the runs the team has been able to overcome, the 14 0 run at Cal and the 60 45 when you were down yesterday. Talking to Venoy last week he said that earlier in the year you may not have been able to overcome those deficits and now it's remarkable. What's allowed this team to come together and really stay with it and keep the faith and the be able to overcome the obstacles?
You know, you realize you're playing a certain way, a team goes on a run, those things are going to happen, it's important that you stay remain steady at that point, do the things that got you there and I think our guys last night showed a great example as in the Cal game of when we got down. Did we begin to go one on one? No, we didn't. We put the clamps down on the defensive end, we began to create more turnovers and that led to offense, and we were able to fortunately come out with the victory.
But it took a while to mature and grow up and learn those lessons.
Q. I imagine you'll be answering a lot of questions about Darington Hobson. What do you know about Darington before this week and how would he compare in the Pac 10 to the swing men there that has a history of producing guys similar to him?
He's averaging 10 rebounds a game. I mean, anyone that averages 10 rebounds a game on any level is usually a really good basketball player. It's strange if you see a if you've never seen a guy play before and you look and he's averaging 10 backgrounds a game he's probably a really good basketball player. That's not the only thing he does. He passes. He scores. He's a really good basketball player.
He could play on any team in the Pac 10 and be an impact player in the Pac 10, there is no doubt about that, and I don't see why he couldn't do that for any team in the country.
Q. You recruited him so does the versatility surprise you or did you see him more as a scorer or a one stat kind of guy?
Q. Coach Tinkle before yesterday's game called Darington Hobson a match up nightmare and wondering if you share that same feeling and what exactly you're doing to prepare for that?
Q. Coach, you talk about Darington's length, but it's the overall length of the team that they can cover a lot of ground defensively, last night watching them against Montana they were able to move around the court where they made it difficult for them to get shots.
Q. Coach, could you talk about what you saw against Montana? When you saw their big man having his way did you think, oh, yeah, I found something.
I don't know if it had a whole lot to do with New Mexico's lack of interior defense or whatever. I just think that guy is a really good basketball player. He does that to everybody, I can see that, that's what I thought.
Q. Coach, can you talk about Abdul Gaddy, he's been starting but typically you've been inserting Venoy Overton fairly quickly into the first half and the second half, why does it make sense to keep him in the lineup and talk about his role.
Q. And how is this team better prepared to win this game compared to the team that you had in Portland before the Purdue game?
Usually teams would double Jon Brockman, they can take him out of the game and if we couldn't go inside a lot of times, we weren't able to be very successful.
A great example of this is, as I've mentioned before, against Cal, in the Pac 10 Championship Game out of our last 16 points, Quincy and Isaiah combined for 2. Venoy Overton scored 5, Elston Turner scored 5, Tyreese Breshers makes two free throws. Justin Holiday makes a bucket and other guys were stepping up.
I don't know if we had that last year, Elston Turner came in last night and hit some big, big shots for us, so hopefully that would be why we're a little more prepared this time but that's why you play the game, to see.
Q. A lot of the players were saying that your calm demeanor in the second half of the season helped them get through the mid season funks. Was there an exterior thing or on the inside were you able to stay calm even though it looks like this team might have been playing its way out of the NCAA Tournament?
I remember a few years ago when we were 0 5 I talk about it all the time, we were 0 5 and we had a shoot around at Oregon State and I remember asking our team just to have a shooting contest from half court. Now we were about to be 0 6. If we lose and we weren't playing well and certain people were looking at me like "What are you doing? You're 0 5 and you're going to have a shooting contest? Come on!"
I thought at the time that the last thing the guys needed was a beat down. We needed enthusiasm and to feel better about ourselves somehow and that game we were able to get into the NCAA Tournament and get on the a winning streak.
I watched Lenny Wilkens when he was with the Seattle Sonics when I was at the University of Washington. I rarely saw him really berate a guy. So there's just different ways to do it. You know how that works. If we were still losing, then that would be the worst thing I could have ever done.
Q. Lorenzo, yesterday in the locker room after the game there were three or four players that I talked to that talked about the notion that there are people around the country that believe the team is "soft." They brought it up, they weren't asked about it, they just brought it up on their own. It sounds like you use that as a motivational tool during the week for this team because it was talked about a lot in the locker room yesterday.
You know, we just talked about those things that more of a complement to Marquette that I mean, we know they are a tough basketball team, but it wasn't like the tough guys were going to come in and play against the little soft guys, we're a tough basketball team as well. We just wanted to make sure that we knew that was our identity.
Q. I got a text from Will Conroy last night. He watched the game on the plane. It looks like Brandon and Nate were talking, Spencer and John were here last night. How much influence do those guys have on these guys here, and did they call you last night as well?
Brandon and those guys are successful now, and sometimes you lose site that they were in college and went through the same struggles that you're going through so they're insightful in those situations, and yes, I did get a call from Nate Robinson and he told me him and Brandon were talking back and forth throughout the entire game cheering the Huskies on. So it's good to see that. We've a lot of support from those guys.
Q. You talked about the and the '04 team and the shootaround, what's the identity of these guys, when they were on the floor Wednesday with their work out, do you take a business like approach with these guys like it is a business trip or do you try to insert playfulness into it? I know you have some characters on the team, Quincy seems like a business oriented guy, how do you balance all that?
So today there was not a -- it was pretty much a lighter practice. We went over some things, but today we even let the guys that had played much get up and down and play full court with the guys playing the most minutes stood on the side and watched.
Sometimes we'll go out and it was obvious that we didn't pay attention to some did he tail that we talked about and it didn't seem like we cared to, then we may spend the entire hour working on that. What is your team's make up? You've got to look at all that stuff and try to bring that out of 'em.
Q. Coach, when we talked to Coach Steve Alford last night he had some nice things to say about you. Did you guys ever cross paths while you were coaching at months?
I've always had the utmost respect for Steve and he's really, really a comedian, I don't know if you have seen that side of him, but he routinely makes me laugh. He's hard nose and had he's a fantastic basketball coach, and he can still shoot, too.
Q. Looking back, maybe at your teams, the ones that are recalled as the special teams were the two that made it to the Sweet 16, even with the Pac 10 regular season title, I think there was a feeling of unfinished business or disappointment when y'all didn't get to the second round. Can you talk about the stair step of the NCAA Tournament, how much of an accomplishment it is to make it from this round on to the Sweet 16 and would that put this as one of the memorable teams in UW's recent history?
But the further you advance the more special the year gets. I'm sure New Mexico is thinking the same thing, their year will get even more special if they were able to advance, so both teams are trying to do the same thing.
Q. Can you talk about Isaiah? He seems to have slowed down his game and he told me last night that his game seems to have slowed down. He seems to be getting more by doing less. His game seems to have matured over the last couple of weeks.
But what people really don't understand other than the ones that are close to our team is Isaiah at 5 9 rebounds. There are games he's had 8 rebounds for us, he goes out, 5, 6 rebounds is nothing for him to go out and get those.
He has become a really good defender. When we have a guy that we're playing against that's doing really well, you put Isaiah on him, he usually does a good job. He asked if he could defend Odom last night when he got on him.
I think there were 12 or thirteen minutes left and Odom scored one more basket the rest of the game, and Isaiah took on the challenge of defending him and what I've just covered is someone who has become a well rounded guard.
He kinda does it all, and most people just get fixated on his ability to score and that's it. He does a lot of things for this team right now.
Q. Coach, can you talk about Elston Turner and the player he's become? I thought he had his best game as a Husky yesterday and not just offensively but on the defensive side of the basketball as well and you can't get out of here without answering a question about Isaiah Thomas' hand, how is he doing?
As far as Isaiah's hand, remember he injured his hand at Cal, long time ago. No one really knew about it. It was made mention about how he's been playing well, lately, the hand has been like that for a while now.
Once in a while when he falls on it, it's kind of like I asked him about this, you're playing ball and you get hit in the nose the pain is unbearable for 10 seconds, then it goes away and you're all right. That's how it is with his hand. He's been playing through it and has done a remarkable job of playing through it.
Q. Coach, speaking of hand injuries, Darington Hobson had quite a spill, x rays were negative today, but they're not sure of the extent of the injury. How effective is he with so many things he does even with a hand injury? Is he going to be someone you've got to worry about stopping?
I've seen it too many times, guys that unless there is something broken or something extremely bad that requires immediate, immediate help guys come in and they step up. So I'm sure he'll be even though he may not be 100% physically, he's talented enough and competitive enough as I said to come out and he'll be fine.
Q. What does he do to their team by being on the floor?
So we talk about versatility. He can do whatever is needed, whatever is required to impact that game to impact winning he has the ability to go out and do that. When you have a guy like that I would say that's pretty substantial contribution by that guy.