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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

December 6, 2005 at 5:39 PM

Huskies get back to business

The Huskies returned to practice today and coach Lorenzo Romar held his weekly news conference.
Not a lot of big news. All of the injured players are status quo and Romar said what looked like a knee injury to Jon Brockman – he appeared to knock knees with another player in the second half of the game was actually cramps and that Brockman is fine.
I’ll have a story touching on some of the issues brought up at the news conference in Wednesday’s paper.
Here are a few other items:
• Romar said the GU game showed that the Huskies have to get better at rebounding. The Huskies are outrebounding teams 39.7 to 31.4, but Gonzaga was the first really strong inside team the Huskies have faced and the Bulldogs outboarded UW, 39-33.
“We’re not nearly as good as we need to be,” Romar said.
• Overall, though, Romar said the Gonzaga win was further proof that this should be a good team this season. A win like that, he said, “gives us a little more confidence that we can go out there and do well this year.”
• Romar said after looking at the tape, he stands by his post-game assertion that the Huskies played pretty good defense on Adam Morrison, even though Morrison scored 43 points, two off the all-time UW opponent record.
“I’ve never, ever said that about someone who scored 43 points that we did a good job on him,” Romar said. Romar said Morrison got “a few run-outs, a couple in transition, an offensive putback, one or two backdoors. After that, we had one or two guys on him every time.”
• The Huskies made 30 of 35 free throws, compared to GU’s 18 of 22, an obvious factor in the win.
Romar said he thinks the Huskies will continue to be a good free-throw shooting team. He said the guys who made the majority of the shots – Justin Dentmon was 9 for 9, Bobby Jones was 7 for 7 – usually make them in practice, as well.
“Hopefully it will be more of the same as we go on because these guys are good foul shooters,” Romar said.
• Romar and several other Huskies, notably Brandon Roy, were headed to KeyArena after practice to watch Nate Robinson make his Seattle pro debut with the New York Knicks against the Sonics.
“He’s living out his dream,” Romar said.
• Asked about the Pac-10’s seemingly shaky start, Romar agreed that he was “surprised a little with Stanford having lost a couple of games.”
Otherwise, he said the conference still looks good to him.
“Arizona’s lost a couple but I’m not concerned that they’ve lost a couple of games,” he said. “They’ve got some new players playing for them. If we had the same schedule, we may be playing the same way.”
Romar said he pulls for all the conference schools to win in the non-conference season and assumes all the other coaches do, as well.
“Every Pac-10 school watches the others and pulls for them,” he said.
It helps all the conference schools when the others do well, notably in improving the conference’s RPI.
• And here’s a couple of interesting links – one to a story about Stanford coach Trent Johnson watching the UW-Zags game and wondering how he could beat either team. The other is the NCAA stats, showing the Huskies lead the nation in points per game.

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