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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 9, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Monday night notes

All kinds of interesting stuff from a few links to Lorenzo Romar’s radio show. …
—- Percy Allen has an interesting story about some of the bonuses Romar will earn this year for the team’s success. As he notes, Romar’s contract runs through 2016 and there are no indications he will be extended right now since he still has so much time left on the deal. Romar also has shown no inclination for leaving UW. But if he were, he would owe the school $500,000 plus give up all deferred income (the buyout increases to $400,000 next year and after that becomes the base salary, plus all deferred income). However, were he to leave for a Pac-10 school he would owe $1 million. Romar’s base is $412,020 after all the coaches received a 3 percent raise last season that was consistent with the 4.5 percent raise all athletic department employees received.
— Here’s my story wrapping up the today’s honors. Interestingly, Romar said on his radio show tonight that he voted for Cal’s Mike Montgomery as Coach of the Year.
— The Huskies could play Oregon State in their first game in the Pac-10 Tournament, and Paul Buker of The Oregonian writes that the Beavers are “still on the radar screen” for a CBI bid.
— Romar also said on his radio show tonight that he thought Saturday was the best moment at Hec Ed since he has been coach, topping the Stanford game in 2004 which he said was “a remote second.”
— Romar and host Bob Rondeau had an interesting exchange debating how many Pac-10 teams will make it into the tournament. Romar said he thought five and that he thinks Arizona is “probably” in. Rondeau said “that’s bogus” if Arizona were to get in with a 19-13 record (Arizona is currently 19-12) saying it would be almost solely due to UA’s history. Romar, however, stood firm that he thought the Wildcats will make it saying “I think they will be in.”
— Romar said he thought USC had a bit more work to do to get in than Arizona, citing the difference in what the teams did in the non-conference.
— Asked if he were a different coach now than the last two years when things didn’t go so well, Romar said yes, largely in terms of recruiting. He said his staff felt previously that if a player showed the proper talent and character that they “could mold them” into fitting into what the Huskies do. But he said the last two years taught the coaches they need to look for players that “fit a little more specifically into what we are doing.”
— Host Mike Gastineau cited that this team has shot more free throws than any UW squad other than the 1953 team that went to the Final Four. Romar said he thinks that’s in part a testament to the way UW “wears down opponents and being very physical and on attack mode.” He said it’s critical to shoot that many FTs because “it compensates for our lack of three-point shooting. We are not a great three-point shooting team and rebounding and free throws covers up those warts a little bit.” UW has shot 845 free throws. And the good news is that Isaiah Thomas has shot a team-high 183, so it won’t necessarily disappear next year, though the next two high FT shooters will graduate — Jon Brockman with 178 and Justin Dentmon with 135.
— Asked about Venoy Overton not making the All-Defensive Team, Romar repeated that he thought Overton should have been named. However, he noted that those who are on it are pretty big names and wondered if some were also honored in part due to overall reputation — he cited that Cal’s Jorge Gutierrez also had a big year defensively and didn’t even receive honorable mention. He also said Overton really came alive the second half of the season and that may have been a factor.
— Asked to cite the biggest wins of the season, Romar said he thought the wins at WSU and USC were the most critical.
All for now.

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