There wasn't much talk about the win over Stanford in the Washington locker room, as the Huskies instantly shifted their focus to Cal and the Pac-10 tournament title game at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The third-seeded Huskies (23-9) and top-seeded Golden Bears (23-9) split their regular-season meetings. UW won, 84-69, on Jan. 16 in Seattle. Cal won, 93-81, on Feb. 11 in Berkely, Calif.
Here's some of what the Huskies had to say:
QUINCY PONDEXTER"Cal’s a great team. We split with them this year. They took advantage of us when we were down in Cal, and we had our way with them at home. It’s going to be a battle with two of the last two defending (regular-season) champions. "We have a lot of similarities so … it’s always a tough battle and whoever plays better wins. And we’re both competing for championships. "
LORENZO ROMAR"It’s an opportunity for us to win a championship. … And then also maybe make sure that we take it out of the committee’s hands for the NCAA tournament. "
"I think (Cal is) better – definitely from the first time we played them. I think they’ve gotten into a great rhythm where they’re playing very very good basketball. … Their three 1,000 point scorers have played a lot of basketball. They play with a great calm. They don’t get rattled. They do a tremendous job."
ELSTON TURNER"It’s going to be a tough environment. It’s neutral so anything can go. Our deal, we have to contain the big three – Randle, Christopher and Robinson. I feel like if we can do that and play our game we can get a win."
It will be Washington’s first appearance in the tournament final since 2005, when the Huskies won the championship game over Arizona. Cal’s last appearance in the final came in 2006, when the Golden Bears lost to UCLA.