And some quotes from Wednesday's media day in San Jose:
Marquette coach Buzz Williams on the key to victory:"If Washington is playing us, then I like our chances. If we're playing Washington, it will be a blowout. We have to make them play the way we play, and if it turns into a contest and we try to play the way they play, they'll manhandle us."
Washington senior Quincy Pondexters' reaction:"We've got to ... take them off the (3-point line) and keep the man in front, and I think if we do that we'll be just fine. We play hard, we play smart and play together we'll be good. We have to play Husky basketball."
UW coach Lorenzo Romar on the matchup:We mirror them in some respects. We're not a very tall team, either. We've got some smaller guards. They have some smaller guards. Their leading scorer is a senior that is a multi-talented guy in (Lazar) Hayward. We've got Quincy Pondexter." So I think there are some similarities there. The one difference is they shoot the three-ball a lot better than we do."
And a quick preview:
No. 11 seed WASHINGTON (24-9)Vs. No. 6 seed MARQUETTE (22-11)
NCAA tournament, first roundWhen: 4:20 p.m. Thursday, HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.TV: Channel 7. Radio: 950-AM.Region: East Region, Syracuse, N.Y. Series: Marquette has won both meetings: 75-74 in 1966 in Milwaukee, Wis., and 71-63 in Anaheim, Calif., in 1978. The Huskies are 9-18 all-time against the Big East. The Golden Eagles are 13-6 all-time against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference.Scouting report: This is Marquette’s fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance, and it’s the second consecutive trip for UW. … The Golden Eagles are among the smallest major college teams in the nation, with no starter taller than 6-foot-6. They compensate on offense with outside shooting. Marquette led the Big East with an average of 8.3 treys made per game and ranks sixth nationally with a 3-point shooting percentage of .406. On defense, the Golden Eagles pressure high on the court to try to limit their opponent’s available time to work the ball down low. … The teams’ leading scorers – Lazar Hayward for MU and Quincy Pondexter for UW – played together on the 2009 USA World University Games team. … Lazar was named to the all-Big-East first team and junior guard/forward Jimmy Butler received honorable mention. … The teams have one common opponent: Georgetown. The Hoyas beat the Huskies, 74-66, on Dec. 12 in Anaheim. Marquette split two meetings, beating Georgetown, 62-59, at home on Jan. 6, and losing 80-57, last week at the Big East Tournament in New York.At stake: The winner moves to the second round on Saturday, meeting the winner of the Thursday game between No. 3 New Mexico and No. 14 Montana.
MARQUETTE STARTERSNo. Player Pos. Ht. Yr. Average1 Darius Johnson-Odom G 6-2 So. 12.8 ppg2 Maurice Acker G 5-8 Sr. 8.5 ppg10 David Cubillan G 6-0 Sr. 6.6 ppg32 Lazar Hayward F 6-6 Sr. 18.1 ppg33 Jimmy Butler G/F 6-6 Jr. 14.9 ppg