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Here’s video of Monday’s press conference with coach Lorenzo Romar who talks about Washington playing Utah in the first round at the Pac-12 Tournament on noon Wednesday.
Here’s a partial transcript.
(On Utah) “Utah is a very difficult team for us to play against. They always have been since they entered the Pac-12. Coach (Larry) Krstykowiak and his staff do a tremendous job just about every game. You go down to Stanford on Senior Night and lose that game by one point and have the ball with a chance to win the game that says a lot about that team. Stanford had a lot riding on that game and Utah went in there and made it close. So they’re not an easy team to play against. It confirmed it the first time we played against them and it confirmed it again the second time.”
(On what went wrong in the loss at Utah) “Turnovers. Poor shot selection. I would say those are the main two things.”
(On Pac-12 tournament being wide open) “Oh yeah. Really do. Every game is going to be very unpredictable.”
(On C.J. Wilcox being voted second team all-Pac-12) “Congratulations to C.J. This is his second time being able to get it, back to back. But very mind-boggling how he couldn’t be on the first team. I don’t understand that one. That’s not the first time I haven’t understood the end of the season awards. That’s no sleight to those that were on the first team. I just think that that’s a no-brainer that C.J. Wilcox should be on the first team.”
(On if UW had more wins then things might be different for Wilcox) “We could say that, but he deserves to be on the first team. It’s that simple.”
(On Nigel Williams-Goss being voted to the all-freshman team) “Great. Nigel, as far as I’m concerned he was right there for freshman of the year. He didn’t get it, but he had to be right there because he’s had a really good season.”
(On Williams-Goss meeting expectations) “Yes. We knew he would come in and be a leader and not be intimidated. That he would do a whole lot of things to help us be a better basketball team. He’s done a nice job for us.”
(On what it takes to win the Pac-12 tourney) “Very little margin for error. We have to come out starting Wednesday with just a great focus and a great togetherness. If we can do those things, I think other things will take care of themselves. We can’t talk about how many points we need to score or we have to outrebound this team. We have to play with focus and with a together attitude and we’ll be OK.”
(On Utah) “They really guard you. We talk about our shot selection and they seem to do a pretty good job of taking care of the basketball and getting a good shot at the basket and that’s why they shoot such a high percentage from the field.”
(On Utah’s Delon Wright) “You’re never safe with the basketball with him around. He has such quick hands. Good length. Such anticipation. He just gets his hands on a lot of balls. And then offensively, he doesn’t shoot a lot outside and yet he shoots a high field-goal percentage. He’s constantly putting the pressure on you. He’s as valuable to his team as anybody in this league. He kind of does it all.”