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Husky Men's Basketball

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March 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM

OSU coach Craig Robinson: “We play the way we play.”

The final Pac-10 men’s basketball coaches teleconference ended with most of the talk focused on the conference tournament, which begins tomorrow at the Staples Center.
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said he’s looking forward to Thursday’s quarterfinal pairing with Washington even though the Beavers lost both games to the Huskies in the regular season.
(What makes you optimistic the outcome will be different Thursday?) “There’s adjustments we can make that hopefully will give us a better chance at winning the game. We’re excited about the fact that we’re playing them again and hopefully we can not have that stretch in the game where it gets opened up a bit because I thought other than that we played them pretty evenly.
(Do you make big changes or small tweaks?) “It’s more tweaks here and there. We can’t change our game plan that much anyway. We play the way we play.”
(Will you need to give any extra motivational talk to your guys?) “Our guys are pretty motivated. … Just playing a team a third time is exciting because unless it’s 1-1, the team that’s won is naturally feeling a little bit better about themselves. If we can come out and have a good start and make the game close we feel like we got a real good chance of winning..
(On Matthew Bryan-Amaning) “He’s a tough matchup. He adds to what they already have. I think when we have all of our guys playing at a good level, we’re just as tough to matchup with.”
(On the rematch) “For us, playing a team that we just played is helpful in preparation because the scout is fresh. The game plan is fresh. That’s better than having a quick turnaround and get ready for somebody completely different.
“But there are some cases depending on who you’re playing where you say I never want to play that team a third time.”

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