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Husky Men's Basketball

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

November 17, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Monday notes

UW coach Lorenzo Romar just met the media here and showed that he at least hasn’t lost his humor.
As he sat down, he said he was looking forward to playing Cleveland State tomorrow night.
When the first question he got concerned the loss to Portland, Romar slapped his hand on the table with a smile and said, “I thought we could zip past that.”
Two days later, that defeat still resonates in some quarters.
Elston Turner talked to some reporters here and said, “We still haven’t gotten over it.”
But Romar said had had made clear going into the game he didn’t consider if a gimme and while disappointed at the result, he also understood it could happen.
“I think Portland’s a lot better team than people want to give them credit for,” he said.
Romar also reiterated his long-held stance that “I’m always more concerned about patterns than quick reactions to one game.”
So Romar isn’t panicking.
The starting lineup, he said, will remain the same as it was for the Portland game.
That includes Quincy Pondexter, who was held scoreless in the game. Romar said he prefers to think it was an aberration. He said he thought the early foul trouble threw Pondexter off his game.
He thought similarly of Isaiah Thomas, who fouled out in 15 minutes.
“He didn’t play poorly, he just got in foul trouble,” Romar said.
Thomas said today he thought “there were a couple of questionable ones, but they called it the way they called it and I just have to adjust.” He said he had a long talk after the game with Romar and assistant Cameron Dollar about learning to play in foul trouble.
But while he wasn’t quick to judge too many of the individual performances, Romar said the team definitely needs to shore up a few areas, specifically turnovers and overall intensity.
“We just can’t turn the ball over that many times,” Romar said, referring to the 23 against Portland. “And we have to understand the level of competitiveness that it takes to win ball games.”
Romar said he thought too many guys “were trying to hit home runs,” which resulted in some of the bad passes as well as a few questionable shots.
The team practiced Sunday and Romar said the attitude was good.
“I think our guys are really, really focused and attentive right now,” he said.
Sounds as if they’d better be. General consensus is that Cleveland State is a better team than Portland, with three senior starters and four starters back from a team that last year qualified for the NIT.
“They are awfully good,” Romar said.
An 0-2 start would be disastrous for this team, especially with a game against Kansas next Monday and either Florida or Syracuse the next day. The Huskies obviously can’t afford to get in any kind of a hole this season.
MBA STILL OUT — Romar said that Matthew Bryan-Amaning remains doubtful, at best, to play tomorrow and is likely out until the Kansas game.
Bryan-Amaning spoke to reporters and said his left ankle is the biggest issue right now of several injuries he suffered in a fall last week. He said he went up for an offensive rebound and was hit by somebody. He came down awkwardly and turned his ankle and said his knee buckled with it; then he landed back on his hip.
It was scary enough that practice stopped for five minutes or so while he was attended to. But he suffered no significant injuries other than a turned ankle and some minor ligament damage in his knee. He said he should be ready for the Kansas game.

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