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December 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

UW visits 9/11 Memorial, Scott Suggs doubtful, more notes

Gaddy at 9-11 Memorial.JPG
Photo credit: University of Washington
Washington junior Abdul Gaddy (above) and the Huskies visited the 9/11 Memorial this morning. Here’s our story on the team’s jampacked week in New York.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said senior co-captain Scott Suggs is doubtful for Tuesday’s game against No. 11 Marquette.
Here’s the transcript from Romar’s teleconference this afternoon.


(Thoughts on Marquette.) “Same idea. Same philosophy, but they’re bigger than (when) we played them a couple of years ago. They’re just bigger and stronger than before. They have more size. You couple that with the way they play. They come out and they’re very physical and they play very, very good defense. They take care of the basketball. They have really good guard play. They’re a very good basketball team.”
(What’s the key to beating them based on what UW has done so far?) “The thing that has been a challenge for us is to continue to try stay together and stick with what we’re doing offensively and remember what we’re doing offensively. When I say that I don’t mean we necessarily forget all the time, but when there’s a lot of pressure or when someone gets physical with us we begin to get away from what we’re supposed to be doing offensively. So that will be a big challenge. We have to get back in transition because they are very, very good and explosive offensive team. They push the ball up the floor really well.”
(What happened at Nevada?) “I thought we did some good things. … In the second half we’re up 10 at one time. We’re up 9. We’re up 8. That was a pivotal time in the game when we should have been extending that lead and distancing ourselves from Nevada, but we didn’t. … They hit some big shots to get back into that game. They did what they had to do to get it done.”
(Nevada was very physical and it’s likely Marquette will be the same, does UW need to be the aggressor?) “That’s something that we’ve talked about. Our close games on the road so far have been the same thing. Once we got our bearings, we pushed back.”

(What do you do to defend Darius Johnson-Odom?)
“Well it’s a tall task. No one has really defended him yet in the other games that they’ve played. His shooting is so much better. He wasn’t as good a shooter in my opinion when we played them a couple of years ago. Now he’s knocking down all of those open shots. He’s so quick with the basketball. So durable and so aggressive. He’s a tough, tough cover. So several guys will attempt to slow him down, but it’s not going to be an easy job at all.”
(Do you change-up offensively against Marquette?) “Execute. Just execute. It sounds simple. It may sound like a straight-forward answer, but you come with all the schemes you want but if you don’t execute those schemes nothing is going to work. It’s not about what you’re doing, it’s how you’re doing it. And we just have to do a better job at what we’re doing.”
(In light of road struggles, is this the worst time to be facing a tough team on the road?) “As I look at our schedule, I look at what’s taken place thus far. If the glass is half empty, then you’d say wow what are we doing with all of these road games away from home. If my glass is half full which it always is, I look at it as great, great preparation for going into our conference. I already feel like we made progress from the first road game to the second. And we’ll see what happens against Marquette tomorrow. I feel like with this team it will help us down the road.”
(How was the team reacted to being in New York?) “I really enjoyed going to see the memorial for 9-11. All of them had their cameras out. Took pictures. Took notes. And asked a lot of questions. They were really into it. I think so far after being here a day our guys have enjoyed their time here.”
(What is Marquette trying to do with its three-guard lineup?) “They do a good job at creating space to allow those drives. They mix it in with their post players (who) get the ball to keep you honest. You just can’t get too spread out. But when you talk about (Jae) Crowder, a physical body that he has. He’s still a very versatile guy and can really shoot the ball. They shoot. They got players who can space you, but yet they can put the ball on the floor and drive you. So that’s ultimately what they’re trying to do. We talked to our team quite a bit about containing the dribble and keeping people in front of you. If we can get our defense set meaning that they don’t run out in transition and get easy looks and uncontested shots, we can set our defense and make them run their offense. Then we have to keep them in front of us. If we do that our potential for being successful will go way up.”
(How is everyone’s health, specifically Scott Suggs?) “Everyone is fine right now. Scott Suggs is still out, but hopeful. We would think this week at some time he will be ready to go. The game against Marquette, he’s probably doubtful.”
(Tony Wroten Jr. tweeted he had a good feeling about the New York week.) “I’m always nervous when you say what somebody has tweeted. When he says he has a good feeling I take that as a positive. He feels good vibes from his team and we rebounded from the loss against Nevada I think that’s good. I would hope the rest of the team feels the same. He didn’t make any predictions did he?”
(He did not.) “He just said it was a good feeling. I like it.”
(How will Wroten be able to adapt to the college game and reduce the turnovers?) “Tony Wroten has pretty much had his way on the basketball floor his entire life. I think the last couple of road games, he’s played against defenses that he’s never played against before. There’s an adjustment period when that happens. I think he’s very ambitious and proud. We’ll see him continue to make those adjustments and realize what he can and can not do on the floor. The thing with Tony is when that happens – and it’s hard not to concentrate on the turnovers in a game – as a freshman he’s our third leading scorer. I think he leads us in steals. He’s third or fourth in rebounding. He just does a lot out there on the basketball floor. You put him out there knowing that you’re going to get the other part right. Then he’s really going to impact (the team).”
(Do you think a good tone at Nevada before this New York trip?) “I think progress was made. We were a different team against Nevada then we were at Saint Louis in a positive way. Unfortunately none of that means anything if you don’t come out with the victory. We had every chance to win that game, we just didn’t pull it out. I still think the biggest concern I had was the inability to contain (Deonte) Burton and our turnovers. Aside from that I thought we did a lot of other good things that will carry over.”
(What does Suggs brings to the team?) “One of the things that Scott as a senior would provide is the scout. He doesn’t make mistakes on the scout. He’s not going to make mistakes offensively. With a young team we’re going to run a particular set and then someone runs to the wrong spot and now it looks like you didn’t run any type of a set at all. Well Scott Suggs isn’t going to make those mistakes. He’s going to help you run offense. He’s going to help get people in the right place defensively and Scott is a guy that would hit big shots for us. He’s also another defender with size, which would help us so there’s a lot of intangible things Scott brings to the table.”
(What’s your relationship with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewsk?) “When I was an assistant I ran into coach Krzyzewsk in and there and got to know him at that point. But now through USA Basketball I’ve got to know him even more. Have worked closely with him. Have been in meetings with him strategizing and planning practices and things of that nature. You can just see why he’s been as successful as he’s been. He really understands the game, but I think he understands young people. Sometimes that’s half the battle. He has an ability to motivate and get kids to buy in at a high, high level. That’s one of the major reasons he’s done so well.”
(How does UW matchup with Crowder?) “I think he’s the most difficult matchup we’ll see this season. Someone with that size and that versatility is a difficult cover. You can’t put a smaller guy on him because he’ll just post him up. You put a slower guy on him and he’ll take you outside. He does a lot of things defensively. He’s out there kind of like a linebacker and I don’t mean that in terms of his physical appearance. He’s pressing sometimes. He’s switching on ball screens. He plays the ball screen several different ways. He’s just very, very versatile. And he’s a hard guy to deal with.”
(What do you take away from Marquette’s win at Wisconsin?) “If you play Wisconsin anywhere, that’s a difficult game to win. If you play them at their home floor – not a neutral site, but their home floor – it’s almost impossible to win as many teams have seen over their long winning streak. Marquette win in there and I thought controlled the game from start to finish. That’s really impressive without their starting point guard. That’s about as impressive as a win as I’ve seen this year.”
(Is Tuesdays’ game against Marquette as big as the last time you played them in the first round of the 2010 NCAA tournament?) “It’s definitely a big stage there’s no doubt about that. It’s a little different now in that we’re a little younger and they’re more experienced then they were before. I think the teams are a little different. But in terms of the game itself and the magnitude of the game, it’s a big game. It’s a nationally televised game. The Jimmy V Classic is something that is great, but it’s not the NCAA tournament. That’s really big. But I think it’s still a big game for both teams.”
(Why was it important for Washington to play in the Jimmy V Classic?) “Not everyone gets to play it. I think you have to have some type of a positive resume to be able to participate in this game so that’s great on that end to be complimented to play. But for what it represents and who Jimmy V was and what he stood for when he passed and how much money has been raised for cancer and how everyone has had somebody really close to them that they know be affected by this wicked disease. Here we are being a big part of that and trying to help the whole fight against cancer situation. It’s an honor to be able to play in this and try to help find a cure.”

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