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March 11, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Player reaction

Somebody asked for some player reaction about the NIT snub. So here you go:
FROM SPENCER HAWES:
“We were shocked. I’m still shocked. We sat there and went through all four regions and we kind of thought it was a typo. We kept waiting for our name to come up.
“To think we are not one of the top 65 teams in the nation is hard for us to swallow. To say we didn’t merit the NIT as well is unbelievable.”
“I think they say they go off a lot of the same criteria as the NCAA Committee. Maybe our record away from home might have been something that got us, but I think we feel as everyone else feels that the Pac-10 is one of the best conferences in the country and to go almost .500 in that and not make the NIT is tough to swallow.”
On whether anyone imagined the season could be over after leaving LA: “No, we all thought we were close down there to getting an NCAA berth if we could have gotten through the tournament. I don’t think it went through anyone’s mind that we wouldn’t get in the NIT.”
On what he did: “The first thing I did was I went and got a ball and started shooting. It’s the only thing you can really do to keep your mind off it.”
On whether it was his last game as a Husky and if the snub could influence his decision: “I don’t know. It could figure into it, it could not. I’d say that’s the last thing on my mind right now.”
On what the team did: “Everyone kind of just sat there, no one said anything. Everyone was equally shocked to hear the news.”
“To suggest we are not as good as any of the teams in there is almost a joke.”
On whether he will spend a lot of time wondering how close the Huskies were to winning a few more games this year: “Especially now, if you get caught up in that and start thinking about that, you’ll just drive yourself crazy.”
FROM QUINCY PONDEXTER
“It’s a great shock. I thought for sure (the team would be invited). I was thinking we were still possibly going to sneak in the NCAA tournament. To not make the NIT is tough.”

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