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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Friday notes

A few quick notes from today’s media session:
— The Huskies actually practiced out at Portland State this morning instead of here at the arena, coming here only for their media obligations (and it’s more than just talking to us as CBS does a lot of stuff, there’s national radio, etc.).
Jon Brockman said he’s fine after the hard fall of yesterday, saying his wrist was maybe the biggest concern but that there is no injury other than just bumps and bruises. But he said he practiced today without taping up the wrist and doesn’t think it will be an issue. But on top of the broken nose from the Pac-10 Tournament he is a little beat-up right now. UW coach Lorenzo Romar, asked about Brockman, laughed and said he still hasn’t figured out if Brockman really does have a broken nose. “He says he has a broken nose but he doesn’t have a mask,” Romar said. “And I think he’s just so used to having them he’s just going to finish it out. Yeah, I broke my nose again, let’s play. That’s just kind of how he is/.. He says he thinks he broke it.”
— And there was indeed a reason Justin Holiday played only seven minutes against MSU. Holiday said he came down with some sort of flu-like illness shortly after the Pac-10 tournament and has been limited in practice this week. He said he’s feeling better but still not quite 100 percent.
— Romar piqued everyone’s interest a bit when he said that the seriees with Gonzaga “will resume at some point.” Romar was asked about Gonzaga with the Bulldogs also being here at this regional. Romar said later that there is nothing new going on, just that the two schools will play again someday.
— Interestingly, some of the UW and GU coaches and players crossed paths on the way to and from the media sessions here. Romar and Mark Few exchanged a nice handshake and a “good job” and all that. Romar pulled Josh Heytvelt aside for a quick word, then pulled Jeremy Pargo over and did an impersonation of Pargo’s mammoth dunk last night that had Pargo laughing.
— Purdue coach Matt Painter said Venoy Overton may be the best on-ball defender that his team has faced all season. Romar said that he thought last year that Overton was almost “too conservative” in his approach to the game and that he wanted him to be tougher. Romar said there is a “fine line” there and that he doesn’t encourage taunting or flagrant fouls but that “you tell him to tone it down, you take away his aggressiveness a bit” and he doesn’t want to do that.
— Romar made an interesting comparison in describing Purdue guard Chris Kramer saying he reminds him of UW QB Jake Locker. “You look at Kramer, that’s what he looks like,” Romar said. “He’s tough. He’s around the basketball. He’s got a nose for the ball.”
— Purdue forward Robbie Hummel, who has battled back issues all season, said he is fine right now. “My back feels as good as it has in a long time,” he said.
— There isn’t a lot of familiarity between these two teams. But Hummel and E’Twaun Moore said they played against Isaiah Thomas and Spencer Hawes and the Friends of Hoop team on the AAU circuit, though no one really remembered the details of the game. And Matthew Bryan-Amaning said he was on the same team as Moore at a summer camp a few years ago.
— And for the guy who keeps asking about MBA’s favorite soccer team, he said it’s Arsenal though he said he doesn’t follow it real closely right now.
I’ll have more later, including the keys to the game.

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