Here's the transcript of what the Huskies' had to say after their overtime, last-second Pac-10 tournament championship win over Arizona:
COACH ROMAR: You can never beprouder of your team when they lay it all out on thefloor and they play together as a group and they'rejust pulling for one another. They're all lost in thegame, trying to put forth their best effort.You can't be more proud when you seesomething like that happens. I think we're able tosee from our team that happened three days in arow. Isaiah averaged over 40 minutes a gameand saved his best for last in this game here today.He did a great job of leading. And our group, ourteam did a great job of joining in with him, kind offollowing his lead.From the seniors to the freshmen whoseem like they've done this before for somereason, it was just a great effort. I'm lookingforward to find and see where Arizona's going togo and play in a tournament because they're areally good basketball team, and we're going to bepulling for them as the Pac 10 goes out.
Q. I noticed coming out in the secondhalf you pretty much didn't score until aboutthe 7 minute mark. How were you able tomaintain your composure and stay mentally inthe game to be able to contribute?
ISAIAH THOMAS: With me, I feel like a lotof people have seen it before. I score in bunches,so I'm really not worried about scoring. I was justworried about making plays for my teammates.When it came down to it, when I needed to score, Idid. At the end of the day it was just about makingplays and seeing where I could get people openshots.My teammates did a great job of knockingdown shots and keeping confidence in themselves.Just doing the right thing. That's the main thingwith me.Q. Can you take us through that lastplay what you were thinking, how it developed?ISAIAH THOMAS:
I don't know (smiling).Coach was going to call a timeout. He trusted me.I told him let me just try to take it and getsomething, I knewCOACH ROMAR:
You didn't say all that.ISAIAH THOMAS:
I didn't say it. That wasmy motion though.COACH ROMAR
: Okay, I'm with you. I'mwith you.ISAIAH THOMAS:
I knew I had a smallerguy on me, so I could get a shot off and I just madea little step back and God made the ball go in thehoop.Q.
Where does this victory rank withyou as a coach?COACH ROMAR:
Whenever a gameleads you to win a championship, it's a victory thatyou'll always remember. The way and the fashionthat this was done makes it a victory that ranks upthere pretty high. It's up there.One of these days when I'm not coachinganymore I'll sit back in the rocking chair andreminisce about this game. Reminisce how IsaiahThomas just totally flagged off his coach no. I'llremember a lot of things about this tournament,and they're all good.Q.
Can you just talk about all the hustleplays and the rebounds and diving for looseballs and things that your guys did to get thewin. And the adversity that you've overcome toget to this point?COACH ROMAR:
That's one of the mainthings we talked about prior to this game. If wedidn't win the hustle plays, if we weren't tough, weweren't going to win the game, because Arizona isa team that usually wins the hustle plays. They area very, very tough minded team.But our guys stepped up and did what wasnecessary and showed a lot of toughness andresolve in winning that game. Some things havegone on throughout the year, injuries and otherthings, and our guys have stayed the course andhave remained together.Q.
Could you look forward a little bit?Tomorrow you get Selection Sunday, do youhave any ideas or cares what happens with it?And a performance like this, the way theyplayed these three days, what could this teamdo in that tournament?COACH ROMAR:
We felt from thebeginning of the year if we came out and playedHusky basketball and played the way we werecapable of, we'd have a chance to be successful inmost any game. So we'll go see. We'll see whathappens. It's a good time for us to be playingtogether and playing right. I know that much.Where we go, what comes of the field of 68, youjust wait for the call, prepare yourself and you go.Q.
Can you talk about C.J.'s shot tosend it into overtime, and one of the guys notthe big stat line but was real steady the wholetournament, Darnell Gant.COACH ROMAR:
Penetrated as athreepart question. What was two and three, Band C?Q.
Speak on the play of Darnell Gantand C.J. Wilcox.COACH ROMAR
: C.J. has an uncannyknack of focusing and zeroing in on the rim. Whenthat pass came to him, you could just see hepicked out his spot up there, and I don't think heheard anything. I don't think he saw anythingexcept for the orange ring up there. He's already agood shooter, but you could just see the focus inhis eyes and he knocked it down.And Darnell did so many things in threedays in this tournament to help us win games. Hewould be Mr. Intangible. He's really an unsunghero in this tournament.Q.
Can you comment on who do youthink, aside from yourself and Arizona,potentially UCLA, USC is on the bubble, canyou comment on who you think from thistournament will move on to the next round inthe NCAA Tournament?COACH ROMAR:
Based on being able toplay those teams, I'd say they're all capable. Theway SC defends, and with their front line and thequickness of their guards, you just don't face that alot. I think if they get invited to this tournament,they definitely could advance.UCLA's starting five is very, very, verytalented. They've got a big front line. They've gotsome scorers in there. They come out ready toplay, and they obviously could make some noise.Arizona, I think they could play withanyone. They defend. Derrick Williams is so hardto deal with. They can shoot it, so they have achance. I hope we get four in, because it will befun to watch this conference.Q.
Can you talk about the ups anddowns you've been through this season, andjust what it means for you guys to win this typeof game and get into the tournament?MATTHEW BRYAN-AMANING:
It's justbeen a long year, real, real long year witheverything going off the court as well as injuries.And we've been able to face a lot of adversity.Especially being a man down in this tournament, Ithink a lot of people wrote us off and the wholeteam believed in themselves and believed theywould be able to get it done.Obviously, the way we played the last fewdays, just playing together. First game had four orfive guys in double figures. Again, in the secondgame had about four guys in double figures. Thentonight with Isaiah having an outstanding game,and Terrence obviously, and myself and C.J. justright on the brink of double figures shows howmuch of a team that we've become. That we'retrusting everybody.One of our timeouts, Isaiah was just talkingto us before the coaches came in, talking about Ibelieve in you guys. Doesn't matter. I'm not tryingto score like that. I'm giving the ball up. I believein you guys and that you're going to knock downshots.To know as a leader that he believes in therest of us and knows what we can do. It showshow far we've come.Q.
Terrence, could you talk about whatmust be an amazing ten days that you've had?I think you had a combined 4:00 minutes in thelast two regular season games to moving intothe starting lineup, to making the alltournament team to cutting the net for thePac10 Tournament championship?TERRENCE ROSS:
I would say it'sprobably emotional. It was kind of disappointing Ididn't play the first two games, but I had to shake itoff, get focused. I knew I was going to start. I justhad to be prepared and play and prepared to work.I guess it paid off.Q.
Isaiah, what was your reaction whenyou found out you were going to be the mostoutstanding player for the second consecutiveseason?ISAIAH THOMAS:
It was pretty cool. I'mjust worried about winning. When you win,individual awards come, but the player of thetournament is not as important as the conferencechampionship we just won.