UW practiced in the late morning at Mac Court, and the Ducks practiced in the early afternoon, so we were able to get some time with both teams.
Naturally, we resurrected the Ryan Appleby/Aaron Brooks deal agin, and the most interesting comment was Appleby saying he doesn't yet know how he will receive Brooks if Brooks comes to him and offers a handshake -- "Gametime decision," Appleby called it.
However, we may never find out, because it didn't sound like Brooks had any such approach in mind.
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LORENZO ROMAR, on his team's mood after the loss to Oregon State:
"I think that loss took a lot out of us, but I think we'll recover. If the game was this morning, I don't know if we would have. But by tomorrow I think we'll recover."
More ROMAR on the OSU loss:
"You work hard, you did yourself out of the hole. And now you start to see the big picture again and you get excited and then you lose two heartbreakers to two really good teams (WSU and Pitt). And you still see progress and now you can see it mapped out to how you can control your destiny. And your first crack at it you lay an egg. That can take the win out of your sails. I know myself, I'm more upset when I feel I've blown it: as a player, as a parent, husband, coach – then you feel you're really responsible it's even harder. I think our guys feel we blew a big opportunity. And that takes a lot out of you. The trick now is … you've got to bounce back."
AARON BROOKS on trying not to get too excited before the UW game:
"Some games you have to get riled up – play some rap music. I might play some oldies or something like that. I'm going to try my best to approach it as a regular game, I can't lie, but I just have to go out there and play."
Brooks also said that winning the Pac-10 player of the year award isn't important to him and that he would probably go with UCLA's Arron Afflalo and Darrin Collison as co-players of the year.
OREGON COACH ERNIE KENT on the WSU win:
"We needed a game like that after having been in a little bit of a rut or a slump or whatever you want to call it. I thought we did a pretty good job of playing through some things. That second half I thought we played some pretty good basketball. I know Washington State played some pretty good basketball. … But it kind of frees you up. We want to close out our season the right way. Every game is huge this time of year."
KENT on if he thinks Brooks is Oregon's MVP:
"Definitely. He's meant so much for us and he's done so much. He's got his energy back. He's had just a tremendous, tremendous year."
KENT on his son, Jordan, who skipped his senior year of basketball to pursue an NFL career:
"Jordan is at the combine today, so I'm eager to hear from him."