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March 19, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Video: Friday practice notes and quotes

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Photo credit: Seattle Times – Cliff DesPeaux
Both teams were decidedly looser today than they were Wednesday when they met with the media. After a 90-minute workout at HP Pavilion, the Huskies munched on In-N-Out burgers, laughed and joked with each other in the locker room while watching the NCAA tournament games.
At one point, Justin Holiday drew the biggest laughs, perhaps unintentionally, when he had a mishap with a folding chair.

The New Mexico locker room was just as jovial. Lobos star Darington Hobson (below) made off with a video recorder and microphone and went around the room interviewing teammates and anybody he could talk to.
New Mexico coach Steve Alford explained: “First games are always the hardest. You got a lot of nervousness, a lot of anxiousness. These guys have never been here. They’ve never done it.
“I thought our first half kind of showed that. We were like a deer in headlights. We kind of froze. No emotion. No enthusiasm. The second half was much better and I think tomorrow now that we’ve been on this floor, we’ve been in the environment, I think it will be a lot better at least from a passion standpoint.”
The major news of the day involved Hobson, who underwent an X-ray on a injured left wrist, that revealed no major damage. It’s still sore and listed as a bruise, but he’s expected to play.
Hobson has Washington ties, sort of. He was recruited by the Huskies.
“I know the coaching staff, they recruited me,” he said. “Coach (Lorenzo) Romar, good people and I know Isaiah Thomas, good scorer, and Isaiah and the coaching staff are the only people I know.
When asked why he chose New Mexico, Hobson said: “It was kind of mutual we both kind of went different ways. They wanted me to give my ACT or SAT score before they offered me and a lot of schools did that after I didn’t take the test, and the main reason I’m here is the loyalty and commitment that Coach Steve Alford and them showed me throughout the recruiting process. ”
Both teams said they were able to watch Thursday’s game, which provided the majority of their scouting report.
Neither team spent much time at practice because this late in the season, teams don’t do much on the court. The Huskies said they did some 4-on-4 scrimmages, but nothing major.
Romar and Alford talked about their history with each other as former players.
Said Alford: “He’s a former player, I’m a former player, so we’ve known each other a while. We’re on the NABC ministry team together, and we’ve been able to spend time on Nike trips together. I think that’s been the neat thing about the Nike trips is you get to know coaches a little bit with those five-day trips they send you on, and we haven’t been able to go in a while because our kids are of such an age it hasn’t worked out.
“But we’ve spent time together and he’s one of those guys and programs that I follow and check scores on and those type of things. As I said last night, extremely classy guy, does it the right way, one of those guys in the profession that you root for because he and his staff work well and they do it the right way and you always appreciate that.
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