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February 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Pondexter clarifies “We’re going to win” comment while Thomas debates the meaning of a rivalry

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***Udated: 5:10 p.m.***
Washington senior captain Quincy Pondexter (above) backpedaled from comments he made during a TV interview Sunday night when he said “We’re going to win” when asked about Saturday’s game at Washington State.
Pondexter didn’t guarantee a win like Joe Willie Namath before Super Bowl III.
And in the annals of UW-WSU trash talk, Pondexter’s comments were vanilla compared to former Husky receiver Andre DeSaussure’s take on Pullman. Still the “We’ll win” prediction did enter into Kavario Middleton territory.
As such, Pondexter wanted set the record straight before today’s practice.
(Do you want to clarify your comments?) “It was nothing like a guarantee. I know it’s going to be a tough battle on Saturday night. It was a question that I felt I should have answered that way. I think if anyone was in the same position, they would have said the same thing. It was far from a guarantee. It’s going to be a road game. It’s going to be a lot of crazy fans there. It’s going to be an insane rivalry game. And we’re going to have to come out and play our best.
(Was it bulletin-board material?) “It’s something that they’re saying too. They’re saying that they’re going to win the game too. I know they’re going to definitely use it as locker room material. They’re going to strap it on whatever they can, their white board, their locker or whatever. But they’re feeling the exact same way. We’re going to have to come out and play as hard as we possibly can to get this win.”
(In a game like this, do you need to add any more fuel to the fire?) “You don’t need to add any more fuel. I wasn’t trying to this week. We already know this is a big anticipated game by everyone in the Pacific Northwest. There’s a lot at stake for both teams. We’re going to all have to leave it on the floor.

(Have you ever been a target of any of their fans?)
“I’m pretty I will be this time. I havent really been. I’m kind of like the guy that people don’t really want to get started. Fans don’t really mess with me too much on the road.”
Meanwhile, sophomore star Isaiah Thomas chimed in on the first game against WSU, the rivalry with the Cougars and Pondexter’s comments.


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(What did you think about that last game against WSU?) “They were (popping) their jerseys, smiling and all of that. They had their opportunity to do that. They were playing well. We (weren’t) really playing that good, but we shut them up and won the game.
“Especially on your own court. You don’t let nobody come in here and do what they were doing. So we took it personally. Like I said, we shut them up in the second half and showed them what we were about.
(For you has it been a rivalry with Wazzu?) “I’m 3-0 against them. The only good game we played against them was the Pac-10 championship game last year. They played good basketball. But all of the other games, have been somewhat blowouts.
(Are you worried about WSU using any of this as bulletin board material?) “They can. I haven’t said nothing that’s not true. They can do what they want. Just like we used motivation when they were on our court being a little cocky and smiling and talking mess. But it is what it is. You do that, just make sure you win when you do all that stuff.
(Did you hear what Pondexter said the other night?) “He said what he said. I’m behind my captain 100 percent. If he feels that way, we all should feel that way.”
In an interview with KJR-AM today, Thomas said: “Like Quincy said the other night, he guarantees a win and I do too. I’m behind Quincy 100 percent. ”
Thomas told KJR’s Dave Mahler he’ll play four years at Washington and has no plans to leave early for the NBA.
IN OTHER NEWS:
— Coach Lorenzo Romar said UW competes most with Oregon and Oregon State for Northwest recruits. “It’s new with Seattle (University). With coach (Ken) Bone at Washington State, it’s happening more. Then Gonzaga probably last in terms of who we go head to head with.”
— Romar said he was unsure if the Huskies need to win the Pac-10 Tournament to make the NCAA tournament.
— On last Saturday’s game on ESPN, Romar said: “I thought it was good. For someone to see us, maybe who hadn’t seen us recently, to see what kind of ball we were playing. We were against Cal the week before on ESPN2. But this was GameDay, national stage. Maybe it allows someone to see this team has a lot of potential if given the chance maybe they could do some damage. … Maybe this opens someone’s eyes or alerts someone.”
— On Clarence Trent: “He’s definitely learning. He hasn’t been able to get the minutes. It’s hard to really, really improve without the minutes, but you can see that he’s learning.”
— And finally, Thomas reiterated during an KRJ-AM interview today his desire to play football and said he’ll make a decision after the basketball season. When asked if he’s anticipating that conversation, Romar said: “I doubt if we ever have that conversation. I think it’s something he loves to have fun with and get a reaction, which he continually does.”

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