Well, the battle for the hearts of Oregon fans is in full flower. After MSU coach Rick Stanbury made his remorseless pitch for Husky-hating Oregon fans to cheer for his team, the Huskies countered.
During their just-completed press conference coach Lorenzo Romar and Jon Brockman said they fully assume that Northwest and Pac-10 pride will cause fans in the Rose Garden to cheer for them.
"We're fired and excited to get this opportunity," Romar said in his opening statement. "We have not been in the tourney for a couple of years, and now that we are back, we have a lot of new faces."
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I also spoke to one of those new guys in the UW locker room. Former Curtis star Isaiah Thomas says hello to Tacoma. He's clearly one of the guys that the Mississippi and Oregon media want to talk to, and he seemed to be having a good time, conducting his interviews while sitting in his locker area.
Then the Huskies left for practice in the Rose Garden main arena, which is about to begin.
The Huskies went through their serious practice this morning at Portland State, with Ken Bone and Phil Nelson paying their respects before leaving for their own NCAA assignment.
The Rose Garden practice is mostly to entertain the fans … enough so where the worry is making sure no one gets hurt on the show-offy dunks.