Hopkins on staying consistent: ‘You expect to win every game. That’s why I think we’ve been able to bounce back.’
In a span of a week, the Washington men’s basketball team has been on both sides of a frenetic game decided by a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Following a 97-94 double overtime defeat at Oregon State, coach Mike Hopkins says the Huskies need to have a short-term memory ahead of Thursday’s game against Utah.
Hopkins made a similar statement minutes after UW upset then-No. 9 Arizona on a last-second 3-pointer.
Here’s a look at Hopkins’ weekly press conference on Wednesday.
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(On staying consistent) “It’s how you approach the next game. Even in the Oregon State game I thought we responded really well. We just broke down a couple times and (OSU) got hot, next thing you know it’s 13, then 10, 7…game pressure changes, crowd gets into it. For the most part it’s been our consistency in how we’ve approached winning and losing, it’s kind of the same thing and how we get better. Not too high, not too low, just get them to understand it. Championship programs, it’s the consistency. You expect to win every game. That’s why I think we’ve been able to bounce back.”
(On tightening the rotation) “I’ve got it (flu). It just goes back to my gut. I think we played 10 against Oregon and seven against Oregon State. I felt like there was a good flow and didn’t want to break that flow. We could have gotten tired at the end, I don’t know. Even went with that a little bit at Colorado. It’s more on gut.”
(On importance of this week’s games) Every game is, I don’t like to use the word life and death, but every game is really important. Coming in here and the fan support that we’ve had has been really special, really exciting. It’s been exciting for the community,…