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January 22, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Tuesday update

Not a lot of news out of today’s media availability with UW players and coaches but some interesting conversation nonetheless.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the lineup will likely stay the same, though it could change. The most logical change would be Matthew Bryan-Amaning for Artem Wallace up front. But Romar also seems to like the way things are headed right now, and one thing to remember is that he isn’t quite as big on the designations of starters vs. reserves as some coaches.
“Minutes are minutes regardless of how they are divvied up,” he said today, the point being that MBA will continue to get increasing time if his play continues along the same lines
Romar had high praise for MBA, noting that he is improving in every area of his game, but most dramatically on defense — the main reason he was taken out of the lineup in the first place. Romar pointed to the follow-up tip-jam MBA had against Oregon State and said he thinks that soon “he’s going to get those all the time.”
Romar also talked about Arizona State and the challenge the Sun Devils present with their zone defense.
“It’s an aggressive zone,” he said. “They get up and pressure you. You have to get up and try to penetrate that zone without getting trapped.”
ASU went to the zone last season when Herb Sendek arrived, though interestingly, Sendek had always been a man-to-man coach, saying he instituted it at ASU simply because he thought it was the best fit for his team’s personnel. Though the talent is better this year, Sendek said he thinks the zone is still the defense best suited for his players.
UW has won the last 10 games it has played against Arizona State which is the longest active streak in the Pac-10 — next is UCLA’s seven-game streak against Washington State.

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