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March 23, 2006 at 4:41 PM

Hitting the court

These media and practice sessions the day before games are beginning to seem routine for the Washington Huskies.
Washington had a 50-minute shootaround at the Verizon Center, then met the media for about an hour. UW practiced in earnest earlier in the day at George Washington, as it had on Wednesday.
Neither session elicited much in the way of big news.
Most of the questions revolved around their potential matchups with Connecticut.
Washington players and coaches tried to be as coy as possible, saying just about everything is possible — from playing straight up, to putting Bobby Jones on Marcus Williams to using Brandon Roy at point guard as part of a bigger lineup.
Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said nothing had been completely decided yet. Remember, the game isn’t until 9:57 p.m. EST Friday, so there’s lots of time left to tinker.
“It’s a personnel scout, it’s you vs. me — that’s what’s going to decide it,” Romar said.
What he meant is that each player on his team has to understand what they have to do to take away the strength of whoever they are guarding on UConn. If the coaches think that can’t happen, then they won’t set up that matchup.
“We have to be careful that we don’t put someone on one of their players that can’t take away their strength,” he said. “That’s what’s most important.”
Jones said he figured he’d start on UConn forward Rudy Gay but that he’d probably end up getting a shot at just about all the perimeter players at some point in the game.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Jones started off on Marcus Williams, however, to see how that works.
If UW does that, 5-foot-11 Justin Dentmon has to guard 6-6 Denham Brown, or 6-5 Rashad Anderson when he comes in the game, since Roy would then have to take on Gay.
Asked about using Roy more at point guard, Romar said, “There are two sides to that. There were times last year when we were really small and we’d play bigger teams but they couldn’t catch us because they were too big and that ended up being an advantage to us because of our quickness.” But the flipside of that seemed to come against Louisville, when the Cardinals ended up wearing down the Huskies with their bulk.
The other part of it, Romar said, is whether UConn would try to match UW’s quickness by going to a smaller lineup. “Maybe they don’t go with their big guys the whole time,” Romar said.
Romar added, “Right now, we are going to play the way we’ve been playing.”
And while much was made in some circles of UW using a zone defense for a few periods of the Illinois game, Romar said he didn’t anticipate doing that much.
“We are a pretty simple team in terms of what we do,” he said. “We don’t play a lot of zone or gimmick defenses. We pretty much play pressure man-to-man. I don’t know how that will factor into any [of UConn’s] thinking.”
Here are some other notes:
• Asked if there’s a Pac-10 team that resembles UConn, Romar pointed to UCLA, a team UW beat twice. “But they run so much more than UCLA,” Romar said. “UCLA plays a deliberate slowdown game — very calculated possessions each time. UConn, they get out and go, so they are different that way.”
• Jon Brockman showed up for the shootaround with a noticeable scratch on his right arm and shoulder, courtesy of a poke from teammate Hans Gasser in practice Wednesday. He also hurt his elbow in practice Monday. He said neither injury is serious.
• Fans who have made the trip to Washington D.C. are invited to attend a pregame party at the team hotel, the Capital Holiday Inn. It runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the UW band and cheerleaders performing from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Food is available for $15 and there is a cash bar.

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