Photo credit: Percy Allen
Washington had the first practice today here at the Carrier Dome. Cornell is the court, followed by West Virginia and Kentucky.
The NCAA kept the court configured the way it is for Syracuse games when many thought it would be placed in the middle of the field. The tournament wheeled in seated chairs and bleachers at midcourt.
Isaiah Thomas wore the protective glove on his left (shooting) hand, but doesn’t expect to wear it for tomorrow’s game.
Even though it’s cold outside, the building is nice and warm. And bright. The bubble dome let’s in a lot of light that bounces off the floor.
Elston Turner said he had little problems adjusting to the size of the arena and didn’t complain of any depth perception issues.
The mood of the practice was light and jovial, which is a stark contrast to last Wednesday in San Jose, Calif. when they seemed tight and serious. This time players laughed and joked on the court.
They didn’t much because the real practice is later today on campus. That workout is closed to the media. During this one, players went through a few shooting drills, layup drills and free throw shooting exercises.
The Huskies finished the 50-minute workout shooting half court shots.
Their locker room is cramped and cozy. Quincy Pondexter, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Thomas and coach Lorenzo Romar spoke at the podium and everyone else remained in the locker room.
Most of the media wanted to know who the Huskies rebounded from a slow start in conference to advance to the Sweet 16.
I wanted to know what they felt about the loss of West Virginia starting point guard Tank Bryant. Thomas, Turner and Justin Holiday said things shouldn’t change much.
“We’re going to do what we do,” Thomas said.
March 24, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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