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March 17, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Wednesday practice notes and quotes

Washington had a private practice in the morning and the evening workout at HP Pavilion was just for show. Former Husky Artem Wallace one of of a handful of Washington fans in the stands, which is a good omen foe Huskies who are expecting a decidedly pro-UW crowd tomorrow.
The Huskies spent most of their 40-minute workout shooting free throws. Their workout was a little different than Marquette, which held a practice earlier in the day. Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams joined players on the court and was shooting baskets and MU looked to be a little looser.
Marquette follows its cues from senior Lazar Hayward who is making his fourth NCAA tournament appearance.
Said Hayward: “I’ve always been a pretty hard worker, but now those guys go when I go, they need off my energy, they look into my eyes to make sure everything is okay. I have to make sure I’m always on task, and now it’s just — I have a little more attention drawn to me. So I can use that to our advantage, bring those guys to me and make some good passes.”
Meanwhile, UW senior captain Quincy Pondexter is all business. He appears stoic and focused.
Isaiah Thomas said he’ll wear a protective glove in the game tomorrow on his injured left (shooting) hand.
Romar on the importance of the first five minutes:
“In every game it is. NCAA Tournament play, if you can, you don’t want to start off the game behind. Making it an uphill battle from the beginning. We did that in the Pac 10 Tournament against Oregon State, first game, it was an uphill battle, if you had your druthers, you would not do that, but Marquette has the same idea.”
Justin Holiday on defending MU’s three-point shooters:
“It means everybody has to be solid. If every man can keep their man in front of them, I think we’ll be okay. Having a team with a bunch of shooters, we’re going to have to take ’em off the 3-point line, which I think we’re going to be able to do. With everybody in front of us, I think we’re going to be fine.”
Marquette coach Buzz Williams on UW:
“What I have studied of Washington they’re very physical. I don’t think they’re finesse in any sort of way. I think No. 11 and No. 3 are extremely physical inside, they have two Pac 10 defensive players on their team. I think No. 1 is the heart and soul of their team, and he probably doesn’t get enough credit for doing that, Pondexter will be drafted in the first 30 picks and No. 2 can be in any “and one” video every made, and the way he handles the ball.”
MU guard David Cubillan on the size disparity:
“Doesn’t really matter who we play. We’re always going to play the same way. We’re not going to change us, we try to just do us every day, and in the Big East you get teams that sometimes you’re going to — sometimes they play like — sometimes you have teams like West Virginia their star player is 6’6″ and over. So it doesn’t really matter. We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing the whole season, and then we’ll see what happens.”
Want to read all the pre-game and post-game interviews at the podium, then here’s the website for you. Everything is there.
And finally, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association has released its 2009-10 Men’s All-District Teams and Pondexter was selected to the 10-member District IX team. Other members include: Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga; Patrick Christopher, California; Landry Fields, Stanford; Elias Harris, Gonzaga; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; Adrian Oliver, San Jose State; Jerome Randle, California; Omar Samhan, Saint Mary’s and Klay Thompson, Washington State.
Randle was Player of the Year and Arizona State’s Herb Sendek the Coach of the Year.



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