Tuesday UW Player Quotes

SEATTLE - Dawgman.com spoke Tuesday with C.J. Wilcox, Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, and Darnell Gant at Alaska Airlines Arena to see how they are feeling as the Washington Huskies put their No. 1 seed on the line starting Thursday at the Pac-12 Conference Tournament in Los Angeles.

C.J. Wilcox:
On how he'll monitor his health during a possible three-game stretch: "It's going to be game-by-game, so if we're doing well and we're up by a lot I'll sit the rest of the game out and save my legs for the next game. But if they need me throughout the whole game, I'll play the whole game. I'm going to go through a couple of drills today, but for the most part just keep resting it and get ready for three games."

On how his leg felt after the UCLA game, compared to earlier in the year: "It was a little sore; I played 30 minutes. The more minutes I play, the more sore it gets, so it's going to be interesting how this weekend turns out. I don't notice it during the game, but after is when I feel it."

On what he learned from last year's tourney championship run: "It's really hard to do. It takes a lot of focus, so you have to stick together. Things happen, especially three games in three days with no practice…just go out and play. You just have to remember your principles and stuff like that and execute."

On if the fact that there are a number of guys on this team that went through it last year will help them: "Yeah I think that's going to help us a lot. We have four or five guys that have been here and been a part of it, so it's good to have that experience on the floor."

On if they feel like the favorites because they are the No. 1 seed: "We're glad we're the No. 1 seed, but every game is just as important as the other one. It doesn't matter who we play, it's going to be a tough game. Any team can beat any team in this tournament, so I don't think the No. 1 seed is that big of a deal. I feel like the teams we match up with, it's going to be a tough deal either way."

On what they have to do to get a bid: "I think we have to win a couple games, but you never know. We're going to play it safe and try and win all the games."

On what you tell the freshmen that haven't been in a tournament situation like this before at this level: "It's a tough thing to do, you definitely have to stay focused. It's easy to just complain because you're tired and you're playing a lot of minutes; three games in three days. It's a tough thing to do, but he'll be fine."

On having a preference between Oregon State or Washington State?: "No. I think it's hard to beat a team three times, and we beat both teams twice - so it's going to be a hard thing either way."

On watching the UCLA game: "We actually didn't go back and watch it. We're putting that behind us and we're trying to move on."
Tony Wroten:
On if he's been told how intense the Pac-12 Tourney is: "It's going to be exciting playing in the Staples Center, one of the most historic arenas there is. Can't wait to play."

On if UW believes they are the favorites: "Yeah we definitely do especially because last year and the year before being champions and winning the regular season championship this year. There is definitely a target on our back. It's win or go home so everyone is going to play like it's their last game."

On if he feels the team is already in the NCAA Tourney: "We're never satisfied even if we are a lock in the NCAA Tournament. We got to play like we got to win or we're not in. We're going to take it as we got to win every game."

On if he and Ross will be motivated by being snubbed for POY in PAC-12: "No not at all. It is what it is. Congrats to Jorge Gutierrez, he's a great player and does a lot for the team. He was well deserved of the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Everybody in this league wanted the award, but it can only go to one person. We want to get the Pac-12 Championship, that's a bigger award to me than the Player of the Year."

On Romar saying UCLA was his best floor game: "I'm just learning and getting better especially being a point guard and cutting down on my turnovers and being a floor general, helping my team win. That game I was trying to be a general, doing the little things."

On if he watched the Tournament last year: "Definitely. I remember Isaiah hit the game winning shot and I was in the living room with my mom and my dad and we were jumping up and down when he hit that shot."

On Romar using his strengths: "He's a great coach and a great person. He always wants to help on and off the court. I'm always learning, doing whatever he says. I know what he says will be the best for the team."

On what they can take away from WSU/OSU from earlier in the season on Thursday: "They both are zone teams and we are going to have to come and be ready. It's win or go home so they're going to play like it's their last."
Terrence Ross:
On the Conference Tourney last year: "We won basically, played three games, two of them were close and we went in and took the win."

On what it takes to win it all: "You have to be almost perfect. We escaped one game – Wazzu we were down, we got our act together and we pulled on through. We got to play hard and stay calm."

On playing teams for the third time: "We have to be on point with what we're running. We have to be on point on how they run things and the scouring report. We play two good teams both games came down to the wire and we know we have to be almost perfect to win the game."

On how often he checked to see when the awards came out: "I didn't check at all. Just heard people mention my name on twitter and coaches told me about the awards at the beginning of practice."

On if he was surprised by the outcome: "Not really. Everything happens for a reason. Congratulations to Jorge, great player. I'm not really focused on that right now. We still got a lot to play for and there's a bigger trophy out there."

On what he thinks it will take to make the Big Dance: "I just feel like we need to play good basketball and on top of that try to defend our championship."

On if the Pac-10 Tourney was a special memory last year: "Yeah definitely. Isaiah hit the buzzer beater and just not losing was a really special thing, even as a freshman I can come back next year knowing what to expect and knowing how to handle things."
Darnell Gant:
On if he has watched film of the UCLA game: "I watched film on the plane."

On his last shot: "Terrence was open."

On if he thought he could make the pass: "In the game I thought I couldn't. On film it looked easier to make the pass. (Tyler Lamb) was playing the passing lane the whole game, every time I passed. I think the play before that he got his hand on the ball. It's just something to learn from, we make mistakes."

On if the shot fell good: "Yeah it did. I felt comfortable with the shot. I was open I felt, and I let it go, but like I said Terrence was open."

On how he could have gotten the ball to Ross: "It could have been a better effort to get it to him, but like I said in the game it happened so fast. You can always go back and say ‘I could have done this' in any situation."

On if he would take the shot again: "I would, but in the same situation I would pass it."

On the confidence of winning the Tourney two years in a row: "It gives us a lot of confidence, but what the younger guys need to understand is what it took to win those tournaments. It's not as easy as it seems. Three games in three games, anybody could say that, but it's going to take a lot more."

On how important the defense will be: "The defense has to be consistent. Your defense has to carry you because you lose legs. You play x amount of minutes in fewer days and it's just harder on your body. You just have to get a lot of rest, ice, and be ready for each day as it comes."

On if there's a feeling that they have done enough to make it to the NCAA Tourney: "No, no. We want to win the Tournament to seal it."

On playing in Staples: "It's fun because I'm from L.A., and seeing so many games being played on the Staples Center floor, it's an honor for myself and my teammates to play there. Just to get a win there feels good."

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