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March 3, 2007 at 11:16 PM

Taking them lightly?

The theme of the UCLA players afterward was that they just didn’t have the intensity needed.
“We’ve got to play a lot harder than our opponents,” said center Lorenzo Mata. “We didn’t today.”
UW guard Justin Dentmon said that seemed evident long before the game.
“Even from the way they were warming up, I think they thought they were just going to come in and get another easy win,” Dentmon said. “We weren’t going to let that happen.”
Dentmon said the Bruins were “laughing and giggling and doing stuff you do when you aren’t focused.”
Guard Darren Collison said the pre-game antics weren’t the issue.
“That’s how we always are, being loose as a team,” he said. “But I felt like out intensity wasn’t there from the jump.”
Why, no one seemed to know, though none of the Bruins wanted to say they didn’t play hard because they already had the Pac-10 title wrapped up.
“I hope not,” Collison said. “We shouldn’t have.”
The game was physical throughout, which Hawes said indicated the Bruins were playing hard.
“There were a couple of no-calls and stuff that were questionable but it all worked out in the end,” Hawes said.

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