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March 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Terrence Ross vows UW will be ready to play

Terrence Ross said Washington understands what’s at stake Tuesday when it hosts Texas-Arlington in the first round of the NIT.
The Huskies aren’t necessarily playing for redemption and they’re not out to prove they should have been included in the NCAA tournament.
“It can’t really matter where we’re at,” he said. “As long as we have our uniforms on, we have to play hard and play competitively and make sure we win the next of these games from here on out.”
Here’s a full transcript of his interview.


(Considering the short turnaround, how do you get over Sunday’s disappointment and prepare for Tuesday’s game?) “Just got to prepare as best we can for tomorrow. We’re not thinking about that game. It’s in the past. We just got to make sure we’re ready to come out and play tomorrow.”
(Were you surprised Washington didn’t get into the NCAA tournament?) “I didn’t know what to expect. I was hearing different things here and there. It was just nerve-wracking to sit down and see where we were going to end up and if we were going to end up anywhere. I’m just happy that we were able to end up somewhere.”
(What was it like watching the Selection Show and not seeing your name?) “Everybody was just quiet. Just waiting for the coaches to say something and tell us what we were going to do next. There was really nothing we could have did or said so we were just waiting for the coaches.”
(Will you watch the NCAA tournament?) “It’s kind of hard not to watch it because it’s everywhere. Of course we’re all going to watch it, but I don’t know how much we’re going to pay attention because we still got our season. We still have a lot to do.”
(Have you given any thought to if you’ll return next season?) “Not yet. Just waiting.”
(If you’re a competitor, does it matter what tournament you’re playing?) “It can’t really matter where we’re at. As long as we have our uniforms on, we have to play hard and play competitively and make sure we win the next of these games from here on out.”
(Do you think Texas Arlington will be more motivated because they really want to be in the NIT whereas for UW it’s seen as a consolation prize?) “I think we all have the right perspective and we want to play these games. We have another game to play. As long as we’re playing, we’re going to give it our 110. I feel like we’re going to match their intensity if not be better. We’re going to come out and be ready to play.”

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