During the conference season, UW coach Lorenzo Romar meets with the press every Tuesday for what is often our first chance to talk with him since gameday.
When he met us yesterday, the focus was obviously on what happened against WSU and what it means for the future.
But anyone expecting Romar to be pushing panic buttons and promising big changes hasn’t really followed him all that much.
He never panicked in the 2003-04 season when the Huskies started out 0-5 in Pac-10 play and he’s not about to now.
“You can’t get caught up in two or three games,” he said. “You’ve got to look at the big picture.”
That in mind, he said the starting lineup will almost certainly stay the same and that there aren’t likely to be big personnel changes. Just, he hopes, more of a commitment to playing defense and rebounding and doing the little things that win games.
The main thing that could alter the lineup would be injuries.
When the team practiced Monday, Brandon Roy and Mike Jensen each sat out. Roy has been battling what he called “lower back pain” since last Friday – he said it made him stiff late in the WSU game when he returned after sitting out for a while.
But all the players should be available for the game.
All of the obvious topics were up for discussion, as well, such as:
Jon Brockman, who has taken just 13 shots and scored just 11 points in three Pac-10 games.
Romar pointed out that Brockman is also averaging 6.7 rebounds per game in Pac-10 play, tied with Roy for sixth. “And I would be surprised if that total doesn’t go up,” Romar said. “Right now, he’s kind of going through a freshman fog in terms of just trying to find his way. But I would imagine that any minute now he’s going to really begin to elevate his game.”
The fact that Roy is averaging 32.3 points in Pac-10 play as opposed to the more balanced scoring that was evident during the non-conference season. Romar said “you are better when you are balanced, I think that for sure,” but also said he doesn’t have any problem with Roy scoring as much as he has. “If he doesn’t get in foul trouble (against WSU) maybe he scores 38 or 40 points and we win the game.” Roy scored 27 against WSU before fouling out.
The soft early schedule and whether that gave UW a false sense of confidence. Romar pointed out again that “we didn’t set out to play every game at home and only want to play a couple of teams with a high RPI. We fell into that. In terms of if we had to do it again, I like what happened in terms of getting our guys experience. But I won’t be able to tell you how I really feel until after this road trip. We’ll see what happens on the road.”
How the team responded in practice so far to losing to WSU. Romar said practice was good Monday but that “last week I thought we did a good job in practice and for whatever reason, we didn’t put it together for 40 minutes in the game.”