Hopkins on UW’s third Pac-12 win: ‘It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way again.’
After the Washington men’s basketball team’s 66-56 win over California, Mike Hopkins grumbled about the Huskies’ 20 turnovers and an offensive that was out of sync at stages.
Still, UW led for more than 29 minutes, rediscovered its perimeter shooting and won its Pac-12 home opener when it wasn’t at its best.
And for that, Hopkins is satisfied with what he called an “ugly” win even if he’s not happy about the performance.
Here’s a look at his postgame interview and a few quotes.
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(On not having a frantic finish for a change) “I felt it was frantic. I didn’t think we played well tonight. Cal missed foul shots. Our offense during stretches wasn’t good. It reminded me of an early season game where it didn’t feel like there was a flow. It was ugly. We had a lot of pressure, we had a lot of bad turnovers. But we found a way to win, which I’m happy for. But I think there’s a lot of growth film to watch after tonight’s game. I’m not the happiest guy in the world right now.”
(On young players learning how to play in college) “Yeah. My expectations are higher for these guys. They’ve played a lot of games. The only freshman that hasn’t is Michael, and he did a really good job tonight. There was a lot of positives. I don’t like seeing 20 turnovers. I felt like they rushed us up a little bit, we made some bad plays. Really good teams, when they do that, it’s pass-pass-score. I’d like to see that because we’ve got good guards. We’ve got really good players. I felt for the most part our defense was really, really good. One of our biggest focuses was going to be defensive rebounding. They had 10 (offensive rebounds), they got a couple really late, but for the most part we did a really good job on the glass and defending. The first eight points they scored were off turnovers. You can’t do that.”
(On Michael Carter III’s contributions) “I felt Michael was great. What we just needed to do at the end was not turn it over, get it up the court, get in a set. When you’re up 12 or 13 and there’s five minutes to go in the game you can take 30 seconds off the clock, take the ball and throw it on the…