VIDEO: Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar Post-Game - Pennsylvania Quakers

Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar spoke to the media post-game Saturday after the Washington Huskies defeated the Pennsylvania Quakers 104-67 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Opening statement “What I’m about to say has absolutely nothing to do with the score but I couldn’t be more proud of our team and how we went out and played and approached the game. We played against Boston College a few years ago when Steve Donahue was the coach and they just sliced us up with the offense that they run and he doesn’t have the personnel right now that he did at Boston College but at the same time we’ve played against that offense before and it’s problematic. I thought our guys were nails in defending it the entire game. We played together. We played with energy. You get guys diving on the floor with two minutes to go in the game. That’s special. I was very proud with our effort today.”

 

On the last time he’s had such exciting offensive personnel “In 2011, Isaiah Thomas’s senior year we had that, but I don’t know if we had the inside versatility. Matthew Bryan-Amaning was all conference that year, so inside he provided a lot fro that for us. Our really good teams have had these. In 2005 we had these types of options. In 2004 we had these types of options. And, like I said, in 2011 we had these types of options. We had explosive personnel that were capable of doing those things. We won the league in 2009 and we went to the Sweet Sixteen in 2010 but we didn’t have the versatility offensively with those groups.”

 

On the fast starts “Our fast starts I think our guys are ready to go from the outset. It’s interesting, coach (Daniel) Shapiro, who is the genius sometimes, suggested we change our warm-ups. We had been warming up doing our heavy warming up early and then we’d come in and meet for 15 minutes and then have to warm-up again. He felt scientifically if we progressed in warm-ups – and the way we warmed up was how we’ve been warming up and everywhere I’ve been has warmed up forever – but we changed it. It’s a little out of the box. That might have something to do with it. I also think our guys are ready to go. In terms of sustaining it I think our guys are doing a good job of remaining disciplined and pulling for one another. People watch us play and you talk up-tempo. Sometimes that’s suggests that you’re not disciplined. I will argue with anyone that those that like to really slow it down and play really deliberately, that it doesn’t take as much discipline to do that than it does to play up-tempo because you have to run the entire time. You have to be in the lanes up denying. You have to pressure the ball. Off the ball you have to be in the right position; you have to rotate. You have to do this the entire time. To me, that takes discipline. And I think our guys are showing, in spite of being so young, a good amount of discipline being able to do it. Also, this is really important, we have the personnel and the depth to rest guys and to keep guys fresh so that we can maintain that level of intensity.”

 

On parallels between a young team like this and Michigan’s ‘Fab Five’ “There’s one special parallel. Wait a minute. Let me stop. There are no parallels with the ‘Fab Five.’ That was a unique group. We are not the ‘Fab Five.’ Moving along, there’s something about the excitement of youth. These guys aren’t cool. They don’t go out and play ‘I don’t want to play too hard because people are watching.’ There is an excitement about this group that they feel like that is cool to play hard. That’s how we’re cool. Not every freshman group is like that. I think this is a very unique group of kids that we were able to see from the summer, from day one. We were able to see when those guys took their visits just their interaction with each other and the whole thing. I would say their youth might be the only parallel.”

 

On what Dejounte Murray did different tonight “I thought on his outside shots, I thought he was rushing them in the couple of games. I don’t think he rushed them. He got some wide-open ones and was on balance and knocked them down. He is so good at attacking the basket and he was able to get a lot of transition too in the open court. He’s very dangerous in the open floor.”


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