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February 6, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Huskies on Friday

The Huskies have concluded practice here at Maples Pavilion, a relatively quick session typical for the day-after a road game, heavier on film review than sweat.
Then the coaches were out the door to hit the road recruiting, Lorenzo Romar making a paticuarly hasty exit to catch a plane (again, as is typical for road trips, especially ones like this where the team has an extra day off. The coaches often spend the extra time recruiting, either in the area, or if there’s enough time, catching a plane to another time zone).
The emphasis of today’s workout was getting back to more unselfish play after the team had just six assists in last night’s 86-71 loss at Cal.
Romar said the film review showed that Cal’s triangle-and-two defense took a toll on the Huskies. Romar said Cal’s version was particularly effective because of the Bears’ size on the perimeter.
“I thought it had an affect on us in the second half,” he said. “It took away our aggressiveness a little bit. USC did it against us too. The thing is you’d like to have your best personnel in against it. But our best (offensive) personnel wasn’t our best defensive team against Cal, so it’s another team where if we matched up better we could affort to have certain personnel out there and still not suffer at the end.
“We were having a tough time guarding them in the second half so we were in a quandary. But they didn’t just do it in the second half. They did it a little in the first half, too.”
Romar cited the defense as the main reason Jon Brockman got off only four shots, hitting none, held to a season-low-tying four points, which came against USC.
“It was similar to USC’s philosophy thtat we are going to take your scorers away and make other guys beat us,” Romar said. “And other guys got wide-open shots and we weren’t able to convert. Other teams have done that (defense) and we’ve been fine. But last night we weren’t. With that being said, we were still up nine in the second half.”
So what happened then?
“Our shot selection became atrocious when we were up nine,” he said. “At that point, we had very poor shot selection.”
No one seems to know why that became such an issue last night, players saying they didn’t think anyone was intentionally being selfish. It just kind of happened.
Sunday’s game will provide a host of other challenges, as well. Namely, that UW hasn’t won here since 1993. Its won in every other Pac-10 building since 2006, but not here.
Several players said they know well of the streak though Romar said he won’t mention it to them and that “it’s irrelevant other than that it makes news, which it does. If I was in your position, I’d be writing about it, too.”
But since he’s not, he said he won’t bring it up, saying the streak would be “like 48th on the to-do list” of things to worry about.
OTHER NOTES
Matthew Bryan-Amaning was held scoreless in 14 minutes but said that while his toe is a little sore, it’s not to blame for what is slowing him right now. “I just haven’t hit shots,” he said. “I’ve been doing the same thing I’ve always been doing just not hitting them, that’s all.” He got called for four fouls and said that after not getting any rebounds in the first half, he tried to be more aggressive in the second half and got called for a couple of over-the-back fouls.
— All players were present and accounted for.
— With two days off down here, Romar said the team will fill its time with study table, film sessions team meals and a movie or two.
— Lost in the shuffle last night is that Brockman, with 15 rebounds, moved into fourth place on the career Pac-10 rebounding list passing Oregon’s Greg Ballard and Stanford’s Adam Keefe. He now has 1,124 for his career and trails OSU’s Mel Counts (1,375), Bill Walton (1,370) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,367). That means he’s loikely to finish his career fourth all-time. All of the first three players played during a time when freshmen were ineligible so they had just three years to compile their numbers.
Isaiah Thomas now has 363 points this season, 98 behind the UW freshman scoring record set by Spencer Hawes.
All for now.

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