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February 23, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Monday night notes

Simple enough menu tonight — a couple of links and a few notes from Lorenzo Romar’s radio show:
— Our UW stories for Tuesday’s paper have already been posted. Percy Allen talked today with Bob Houbregs and Detlef Schrempf, the stars of UW’s last two conference title teams, to get their thoughts; and I had this story on the excitement already building about Thursday’s game with Arizona State.
— The Orange County Register has some of the thoughts from USC coach Tim Floyd on the chaotic post-game scene for the Trojans following the loss to UW in LA Saturday.
— The Fresno Bee, Quincy Pondexter’s hometown newspaper, has a little Q-and-A with the Husky forward.
And now, a few notes from Romar’s radio show tonight:
— Romar said one of the most memorable plays of the USC game was in the final minutes when in a scramble for a loose ball, four Huskies dove on the floor with the other having kept it alive. “I thought that summed up what our team was about that day,” he said.
— Asked about Venoy Overton’s interesting afternoon, including some well-documented interaction with the USC fans, Romar said that Overton is thinking of majoring in drama “because he loves to act and carry on, and he was carrying-on in that game. He was fully animated. But he was just lost in that game. When a player is out there competing like that, I don’t say a whole lot to him, just go out and compete.
— Asked about a story in the LA Daily News that hinted that the Huskies are a dirty team, Romar said “I think our guys do play an aggressive style of basketball. I think a lot of that talk is geared to Jon Brockman. He’s had his nose broken half-a-dozen times and he’s dished it out, as well, and I think when people see us play they see those things happen and they may see it that way.” But then he continued that “we start two guards 5-11 and 5-8 so I wouldn’t say that is bully size. But we do play very hard.”
— Asked about Quincy Pondexter’s recent sterling play, Romar said he thinks one of the keys is that “his shot selection is so much better. He’s become so much more of an efficient offensive player.”
— There was a lengthy discussion of the reported fight among USC players Dwight Lewis and Daniel Hackett referenced earlier, and Romar noted that UW tried to recruit Hackett. He then added that hard feelings happen when teams are losing and that there have been tense situations at times during his seven years as UW’s coach. “Once in a while it gets a little out of hand like it seemed like that was,” Romar said.
— A caller said that Overton would need only to become a better outside shooter to become an elite player. Romar said he thinks it’s possible saying that when he first saw Overton at Franklin High as a freshman “he hit six, seven three-pointers in the game and I thought two guard was his position. So we know it’s there. It’s a matter of him getting really, really serious about his shot and putting forth that effort.”
— Another caller said it looked like Romar said something to Darnell Gant when Gant hit a key jumper late in the game. Romar said the coaches have been telling Gant to get his legs under his shot, that he sometimes doesn’t use his legs in practice. “The way he exploded into that shot, all I said was ‘way to finally use your legs.”’
— Asked about potentially winning the Pac-10 regular season title, Romar repeated his oft-stated stance that he sees it as more significant than winning the Pac-10 tournament title and that “it would be very significant for our program if we could do that.”
— Finally, asked about Joe Wolfinger, Romar said that “the emergence of Darnell Gant and Matthew Bryan-Amaning has made it hard to distribute those minutes (up front to get Wolfinger in the game more). … It’s just kind of how our personnel has worked out this year.”
All for now.



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