Here’s video of coach Lorenzo Romar talking about Sunday’s 5 p.m. game between No. 17 Washington (7-0) and Eastern Washington (8-1) at Alaska Airlines Arena.
And here’s a few quotes.
(On Eastern Washington) “Eastern can flat out shoot the basketball, but that is not what totally defines them. They are a veteran team that knows how to play the game. They are not easily intimidated by any situation or any venue. They know how to win. They know how to be successful. We have our hands full against them.
(On if any team plays like EWU offensively) “No one that we have played plays like that. No one that is on our schedule plays like that. It’s a fun way to play, the way they’re playing. No doubt about it. I told our team that they will be the most difficult team to guard this year. Didn’t say they will be necessarily the best team, but they’re awfully good. And they’re difficult to guard because of their personnel and what they do.)
(On expectations Sunday after allowing 36 points to then-No. 13 San Diego State in the previous game) “Uptempo. I would expect for it to be up and down. Two totally different teams you’re talking San Diego State and Eastern. Again Eastern is not in the top 25 today and San Diego State was 13 when we played them. It’s been well noted the success that San Diego State has had, but when we’re talking offense – two entirely different situations. Eastern will present an entirely different challenge for us than San Diego State did.”
(On what it takes to defend the perimeter well) “(Against) a team that really shoots the basketball, you have to be able to get through screens but a lot of times you have to be able to contain the ball. You have to be able to prevent penetration because once a team like that starts penetrating on you, you begin to rotate. It’s like the dog chasing its tail. You go here and somehow it just keeps getting away from you. So you have to keep the ball in front so you don’t have to bring as much help to put you into rotation situations in multiple possessions.”
(On EWU shots from penetration) “A lot of times they do. A lot of times off the ball screen. What they’re really good at is in transition and you’re getting back. You’re back, but you’re not in proper floor position. And they catch and shoot from anywhere. You’re just not accustomed to guarding that type of shooting team that early in the possession. What I mean is you get back, you’re there and as soon as you rest you’re like OK I busted my tail to get back. But then oh, that guy has the ball in his hands. He has it at 25 feet and he’s shooting it. Most teams don’t play like that.”