Dawgs talk about getting 1-seed

Thought the celebration ended when the lights went out at the Staples Center on last night? An estimated 1,300 fans joined in for the Selection Show viewing party inside Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Then, not long after the show started, the celebration of Husky basketball erupted as "Washington" flashed on the big screens as the fourth No. 1 seed of the 2005 NCAA Tournament as announced by CBS, joining Illinois, North Carolina, and Duke.

The Huskies (27-5) were chosen as the fourth No.1 seed of the Albuquerque Region over the likes of Wake Forest, Connecticut, Oklahoma State, and Kentucky, who were all declared No.2 seeds. The Deamon Deacons are the No.2 seed of the Albuquerque Region, which includes in order from the No.3 seed Gonzaga, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Pacific, Pittsburgh, Creighton, UCLA, George Washington, Louisiana-Lafayette, Winthrop, Chattanooga, and the Huskies' first round opponent, Montana (18-12).

The Grizzlies are the Big Sky Conference and will meet Washington in Boise on Thursday, with the winner to face the winner of the Pittsburgh/Pacific game in the second round on Saturday. Game times are yet to be determined.


Here are quotes from Washington coaches and players immediately after the NCAA Tournament selection announcement.

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar:
On being named a No.1 seed: "It's a great compliment to our program at this point. Or guys have worked hard for a long time and they have been consistent. I think this is a reward to them and our program for our efforts of primarily staying together."

On seeing Washington's named called for the No. 1 seed: "I think for most things, you kind of see it coming. You can see success coming at times. I didn't see this coming. I was hoping it would come. I though we deserved it. I couldn't separate my objective bias from my reality. It was kind of a shock."

On emotions as a team: "It's something that we as a group have talked about when we weren't winning. We wanted something like this to take place and we knew it wasn't going to happen over night but to finally get to this point, we see our goals and dreams beginning to come true. It caught me off guard a little bit. For me, I love sitting back and watching these guys and to see them experience it. I enjoy watching them enjoy what's going on."

On playing in Boise: "We were hoping we could go to Boise. We wouldn't have had a problem with Tucson, but Boise was our first choice."

On the first round game and learning from last year's Tournament: "Our guys will be focused for that first game. I think that first win is very important. In our case with his group, it will be our second go at it. Hopefully with this group we can handle it like we handled the championship game at the conference tournament. Last year we came up short. We got another crack at it and we took advantage of it. Hopefully we will take advantage this time in the first round."

Junior forward Bobby Jones:
On the different projections for the Huskies at different seeds: "I asked 'why not?' We deserve it after the hard work. I saw all of the analysts giving us love and I think we deserve it. I'm so excited right now it's unbelievable.

On being a No. 1 seed: "Teams like Duke are No. 1 so everybody sees us with them so it makes it that special. When I woke up, I was watching the shows about the possibility of a No. 1 seed and I didn't know what to think. We got it, and now we have to play like one. I don't want to be that No. 1 seed that got bounced."

Senior forward Hakeem Rollins:
On his reaction: "My reaction was pretty much disbelief. I didn't stand up immediately. I just sat there and looked around. The fact that a team from out west is a No.1 seed is unexpected."

On team mentality: "You want to represent who you are. Given how much is at stake, you really don't know what is going to happen. You lose one game and you're done. You can't afford to slip at all. I always felt that conference tournaments made a difference and obviously it does."

Junior forward Mike Jensen:
On the possibility of a No. 1 seed: "It first occurred to me when I woke up this morning and I saw Steve Lavin talking about our RPI and wins against top 25 teams and then I thought that we had a chance to be No. 1."

On deserving a No. 1 seed: "I think so. We proved it all year and some people say that the east coast is more powerful than the west coast and so it's up to us to prove some people wrong."

Junior guard Nate Robinson:
On his initial reaction: "I was yelling 'I told you, I told you,' and I told all my friends and family that we were going to be a No. 1 seed. We deserve it. We played in so many tough games this year and we have things to show people who we really are."

On team mentality: "Everybody in the tournament is the hunted. We're chasing Montana, and Montana is chasing us. Montana is our first team so we have to be ready for them."

Senior guard Will Conroy:
On Montana: "From my point of view, Montana is Illinois. That's how we'll approach this game."

On getting the No. 1 seed: "At first I was telling everyone that we'll get that No. 1 seed, then it came up, and then I was like, 'hold on now, I just predicted the future.' I was happy with the situation. Our players and coaches worked so hard and it's good for us."

On playing in a tough bracket: "We're not worried about that. We're going to take one game at a time. Because all the tough things that we hear about them, they hear the same things about us. They tie their shoelaces the same was as us."


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