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January 13, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Romar predicts Brockman FT turnaround

During the Pac-10 conference season, Tuesday is the day when UW coach Lorenzo Romar typically handles most of his media responsibilities.
Among the most prominent on that day are taking part on the Pac-10 coaches conference call — each coach is available for about 10 minutes or so — and meeting with local media.
Romar has yet to do the latter, but he just was on the conference call, which is designed mostly for out-of-town media to have a chance to ask questions.
Among the first Romar received today concerned the free throw shooting of Jon Brockman, who was 2-8 against Cal and 5-17 last weekend.
Brockman is now shooting 53.8 percent for the season, sadly similar to the 51.9 percent of a year ago, despite having concentrated much of his off-season workouts on improving his free throw shooting.
Romar said today that he thinks “mechanically, he (Brockman) is fine.”
If there is a pattern, Romar said, it’s that Brockman tends to miss more free throws later in games when fatigue may be an issue.
Saturday, Brockman was 1-1 in the first half, then hit 1-2 on his first time at the line in the second half, then missed his last five.
“Being able to look at it over the last couple of years, that happens (Brockman missing) more down the stretch in the second half of games as opposed to early,” Romar said. “He may just wear down. The same thing happens sometimes with missed layups more in the second half than the first.”
That creates a conundrum, however — UW can’t really afford to sit Brockman for heavy chunks at any point in the game given his obvious value in other areas. But it could lead to trying to get Brockman a little more rest earlier in games.
Brockman’s FT struggles lead to the obvious question of whether opponents will try to start fouling Brockman on purpose.
Romar said he hasn’t yet seen any evidence of that other than teams simply trying to pervent him from scoring in close.
But if teams want to try that, Romar said he welcomes it.
“I think he will hit them (if teams try to foul him intentionally),” Romar said. “He had a tough one the other night and sometimes when you don’t do as good a job it gets magnified. But he will bounce back.”

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