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February 2, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Romar radio show notes

Caught most of Lorenzo Romar’s radio show between disciplining the kids — it’s that time of year, dead of winter, no holidays on the horizon.
Nothing earth-shattering but a few interesting things to pass along:
— Romar, asked about his “cool jacket” comment that Jon Brockman referenced after the Arizona loss, said he actually got it from Steve Lavin when both were on the staff at UCLA.
— Asked about the four-guard lineup he used at times over the weekend, he said again it was mostly a matchup thing and not something UW is likely to do often. “It’s something again, with our teams a few years ago our starting lineups were four guards (Bobby Jones, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Will Conroy). We felt at the time two things could happen — we could really pressure full court with a lot of quickness and on the other side have multiple ballhandlers to go in and make plays and attack, and it worked out for us. Again, against Arizona State they played smaller so we felt we could go smaller. But it’s not something that we could sustain for long periods of time because if someone were to scout you and say ‘this is how we will exploit it’ they could possibly do that.”
— Said Justin Dentmon is now benefiting from the fact that his teammates expect him to make every shot. “Our guys have recognized that Justin is shooting it pretty good and they are finding him more and more now.”
— Asked about officiating being different in the Pac-10 possibly hurting UW and other conference teams come NCAA Tournament time, he said: “I’ve found that as opposed to adjusting and being confused, sometimes we were able to just relax and play because it’s being called more differently. It’s usually called a little more looser in the tournament and the teams we’ve taken to the tournament have seemed to enjoy it.”
— Asked about making changes to the defense against Cal, he said it was mostly the big three players for Cal — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson — who hurt the Huskies and that “we just have to put two halves together of concentrating on those guys without letting them get away from us.”
— Asked about using Darnell Gant on Christopher the way UW did against James Harden, Romar said that wouldn’t happen because they are two different players, Christopher being more of a perimeter player and Harden as dangerous driving to the hoop as outside.
— Asked about going with full-court pressure more, the way UW did down the stretch against Arizona, he said “I don’t think so. With the makeup of our team right now, I think what we are doing is really good for our team. … this is probably the first year since we’ve been here we have not attempted any kind of full-court presses and not practiced them a great deal, and as a result our half-court defense is better. … we’ve really concentrated on our half court, but like against USC earlier this year when we had to play fullcourt, which was our game plan, it was effective for us. In spot situations we will use it.”
— Asked about the tough weekend for Matthew-Bryan Amaning, Romar said he thinks it’s largely a confidence issue and that “he’s the type of guy somtimes based on how he plays early is going to dictate how he plays the rest of the game. If he can come in and have success early he stays in there pretty strong and his confidence level stays pretty high.” Romar said MBA needs to look at some film from his earlier games where he had success to realize he can get it done. MBA was 4-12 with nine points, five rebounds and no turnovers in 32 minutes on the Arizona trip, which really isn’t quite as bad as maybe it looked.
— Asked about having shorter guards that might have trouble stopping outside shooting on the perimeter, Romar said his team tries to make up for it with quickness. “The quickness we have, our guys can really get to shooters and take up a lot of space in a hurry.”
All for now.

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