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March 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Darnell Gant on 25-point defeat at Oregon: “A loss like that never goes away”

In the days after Washington’s 82-57 defeat at Oregon on Feb. 9 (highlights above), coach Lorenzo Romar said he didn’t review video of the carnage with the team because “that wasn’t Husky basketball.”
The Huskies simply swept that game under the proverbial rug and went on a five-game winning streak before the pratfall in the regular-season finale and their Pac-12 Tournament opener knocked them into the NIT.
Romar often joked that even if he were to guide UW to a national championship one day, somebody would still ask: “So what happened in that 25-point loss at Oregon?”
Turns out those questions came sooner than he thought.
Here’s a sampling of a Q&A with Romar and players.
(Is the loss at Oregon a motivation?) “You look at all of the games, guys will remember that one because we were beat so soundly that night. It makes for a good story line. Can’t wait for revenge and all of that. Someone beats you like that you keep asking yourself why, why? When you get another chance, that’s a game that you remember because you were beat so soundly.”
(Have you looked at that game?) “They were very aggressive. They were getting to the loose balls. They were knocking shots down. They ran their stuff to perfection. The way they played against us is kind of how they’ve been playing lately.”
(What were you most disappointed with that night?) “Just overall. When you look at the game, we didn’t really have anyone that you would say on a positive note this particular guy really played well. I just think as a team we didn’t do a good job.”
(Will you always remember that game?)
“Always remember that. A loss like that it always lingers and never goes away.”
(Have you seen the video?) “I don’t want to watch that game. I’ve never looked at it on film except for when we were in the film room. Other than that, I tried to forget about it as soon as possible because a loss like that could have turned our season in a whole (different) direction. But it didn’t and now we have another opportunity to play them again.”
(I would imagine you’ll have to watch the video before Tuesday’s game.) “They’re going to show film on it. The coaches are going to show it. It’s kind of like strategy. Kind of to make guys mad again so they can play harder.”
(Were you thinking you’d get another shot at Oregon?)
“I didn’t know we would play them again so we had to kind of get that out of mind and focus on Oregon State. It’s just another chance for us to redeem ourselves and show that we’re better than what we displayed that night.”
(What do they run that makes it so difficult to defend them?) “Whatever they run, they just run it hard. They do a lot back cuts. A lot of their offense is reading how the defense plays them. If they read us one way, they react to it in a different way. They’re a veteran team. They have a lot of older guys that have been in a lot of games so they all know how to play. It’s just something that we have to pay close attention to how they play.”
(What did you see when you saw the video of UW’s last game at Oregon?) “It was just our effort. We didn’t have any effort going into that game and it showed.”
(When you play a team that knows you so well, do you have to do something different or do what you better?) “Both. We have to run our plays hard and we also have a lot of counters and that’s going to be important because they know what we do. If they react to something, we just have to counter it and pay attention to how they’re playing D. It should be a good game.”
(Is it more difficult playing a team like Oregon as opposed to a Northwestern?) “It’s always harder playing a conference game because they scout so much longer and they have so much more time to do it. We’ve played them several times. It’s going to be harder, but being focused and playing hard that should always work itself out.”
(Last time versus Oregon.)
“It hurt at the moment, but we had to move on from it. It’s definitely in the back of our mind. It’s something that we had to move on and look at other things.”



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