Hopkins on UW-WSU matchup: ‘It’s a rivalry game. It’s a different game. I’m excited to experience it for the first time and be a part of it and it’ll be a great challenge for us.’
Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins takes a look back at last week’s trip to Los Angeles, which included an upset win at USC and an stunning second-half meltdown in a loss at UCLA.
He also addressed Saturday’s 1 p.m. game at Washington State, which will his first taste of the in-state rivalry with the Cougars. UW enters 11-4 and 1-1 Pac-12 while WSU is 8-6, 0-2.
Hopkins talked about David Crisp’s development, the possible return of freshman guard Michael Carter III and the Huskies’ shoddy 34.8 three-point shooting percentage, which ranks eighth in the Pac-12.
The UW coach, who is a big Star Wars fan, also provided a spoiler-free review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Here’s everything Hopkins said Thursday during his weekly press conference.
(On WSU) “I think they not only take a lot of threes, they can make a lot of threes. It’s a team who beat St. Mary’s, San Diego State. They are a team where I’ve seen, down 20 points fight all the way back to winning the game by double-digits. Those are dangerous teams. Obviously they’ve got some really good players. They’ve got a coach who has won a lot of games, he’s got a lot of experience. And when it’s a rivalry game, it’s a different game. I’m excited to experience it for the first time and be a part of it and it’ll be a great challenge for us. We’ve seen three-point shooting teams, goes back to earlier in the year, it’s given us a lot of experience against it. Should be a great challenge.”
(On UW-WSU basketball game having an intensity similar to the football’s Apple Cup) “I’m learning as I’m going, and rivalry is great. It’s great for the sport, it’s great for the state. It’s great for the kids. I was a part of one at Syracuse for a long time with Georgetown. It makes the atmosphere just great. Going to the Apple Cup here in football, just to see the intensity, the drama building up to it, was a lot of fun. You see what kids are made of in those moments. That’s what makes those types of games a whole lotta fun.”
(On not finding offensive answers in second half at UCLA) “Answers…I felt like…