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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 11, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Friday update

UW coach Lorenzo Romar said at practice today there could be changes to Washington’s starting lineup for tomorrow’s game against USC.
No surprise there, as Romar changed the lineup for the UCLA game to get in an extra ball handler — Justin Dentmon for Joel Smith — and with the Huskies having lost two in a row, all options are sure to be considered.
One possibility is that Venoy Overton could return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench the last seven games.
He started the first eight games of the season but then lost his spot when Romar decided to reward those who had shown the most commitment to defense. Overton said coaches wanted him to work on his defense, particularly defensive rotations.
The Huskies are undeniably playing better defense. But suddenly, their offense is growing a little troublesome as they have been held to 52 and 55 points the last two games. That’s the lowest two-game total since the 1996 season (102 in a home series against the Oregon schools). Overton’s ability to push the ball up the court could help that.
Overton played 22 minutes against UCLA, 12 coming in the second half as UW outscored the Bruins 32-28. He was 0-6 from the floor for the game, but he also lost just one turnover and his turnover-to-assist ratio of 1.56 remains the best on the team and 10th in the conference.
Overton said Friday he was excited at the prospect of possibly having a greater role Saturday.
“Tomorrow’s game is very important,” he said. “Just the fact that we don’t want to leave LA with two losses and we just want to keep improving and start winning on the road. That’s our biggest challenge.”

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