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."
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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