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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 8, 2006 at 8:43 PM

Unsettled Huskies

Wish I could tell you who will start for the Huskies tomorrow night against USC. But Lorenzo Romar said he probably won’t even know himself until tomorrow.
Also, they won’t let us watch practice this week to figure out anything on our own, taking the somewhat rare – though increasing all the time – step of closing practice to the media.
I know most everyone sides with the team in such cases, but I think it’s fair to point that out for people who might wonder why we may be including an inaccurate lineup in the paper.
If I had to guess, I’d say Mike Jensen moves into the starting lineup for Jamaal Williams and that would be it. Jensen played well against USC down there – seven points, five boards in 21 minutes, and has a lot of history as a starter – 87 games the last three years.
Jamaal Williams, meanwhile, has a similar history of playing well off the bench.
It makes a lot of sense since UW needs some scoring off the bench. And maybe simply shaking up the rotation a little bit allows for some different offensive looks that will give some players some better shots.
Williams said this week that he simply isn’t getting the ball as much as he would earlier to explain his inconsistent production of late. Just looking at the numbers, Williams still getting a lot of shots – he has the second most both for the season and for Pac-10 play by a wide margin behind only Roy, which seems about right. He was, however, just 1-of-5 in 19 minutes at WSU, though foul trouble contributed to that.
But maybe if Jamaal comes in the game at different times, the shots open up for him a little more.
Certainly, Jensen isn’t a guy who needs the ball the same way Jamaal does.
Also, Jensen is more of an outside threat, which might open up the inside for Roy more if the two begin each half on the floor together.
Of course, there is a lot to keep in perspective here as we ponder how to fix the Huskies.
The game before last, for instance, UW outplayed Stanford at Stanford for 39 minutes and 58 seconds – and the Cardinal is playing as well as any team in the conference right now.
Then came the debacle at WSU.
Funny how a couple of seconds can completely change the look of an entire season. Simply pull out the Stanford win and how different do things appear today?
But then, that happened in a good way for the Huskies two years ago at Oregon State.
Romar’s job is to figure out how to get back that team that basically won at Stanford just 11 days ago.

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