It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve done this so let’s jump right into it.
Question: The last time Washington had Midnight Madness, it was streamed live online at gohuskies.com. Will it be available online again?
Answer: No. ESPNU and ESPN2 will carry the only broadcasts.
Q: I am moving to Santa Fe in January and am wondering if I can get the Husky games online somehow. I am freaking out about missing this season. Do you know how to do this? — Keith Johnson Ferndale, WA
A: You can listen to Husky games at gohuskies.com for a small fee. You can sign up for yearly or monthly subscriptions.
Q: I’m a little worried we have too many cupcakes on our non-conference schedule. How are all those midgets going to prepare us to get to the Sweet 16 and beyond? Cal St Northridge is not exactly Purdue or Louisville. I’ve asked the Huskies to return Gonzaga to our schedule, so there’s no debate on WHO’S BEST IN THE STATE. But they’re not listening to me. Are we not allowed to be in a pre-season tournament this season, re some NCAA restriction? — Dale Wright, Tacoma
A: I’m a newbie to the beat, but I know this question pops up every year. Especially since the Gonzaga series was discontinued. I talked to coach Lorenzo Romar about the schedule last year, but haven’t had any real talks to him about this recently. Plain and simple, he believes the non-conference schedule prepares UW for the Pac-10. And it’s hard to argue with last season’s results when Washington posted a 9-3 record before conference play. And don’t underestimate the Matadors. They made the NCAA tournament last year and I think they can knock off Washington if the Huskies overlook them and worry too much the following game against Georgetown. As for Gonzaga there’s nothing imminent there. The only in-state Jesuit school UW is playing is Seattle University. The will play for the next five years.
Q: What is the all-time record?
A: Washington is 1590-1047 for a .603 winning percentage.
Q: Who becomes the “tough” type of “enforcer” coach now that Cameron Dollar is gone? Having a hard-nosed tough coach keeps these players tenacious and I love seeing that. — Sam Jo
A: I suspect Romar and Dollar played a lot of good cop, bad cop over the years with Dollar playing the role of the “tough guy.” They’ve known each other since 1993 and Dollar has worked on Romar’s staff for the past 10 years. I believe new assistant Ralph Chillious will fill that void. I spoke to him during media day Wednesday and he said he’s anxious to show he’s more than just a recruiter.
(Chillious on his coaching style) “I would say that I’m a tough love guy. I’m very, very intense. But at the same time the guys is running down the court, I’m going to be patting him on his back.”
(Are you anxious to coach again?) “Absolutely. I’ve said it before that sometimes when someone has one really strong skill set, everyone latches on to that. So they’re going to be looking at me saying he’s has to get that guy and he has to get this guy. And sometimes it’s overlooked that I got into coaching because I love to coach and I wanted to be a coach. I think that’s a real strong part of what I bring to the table.”
Q: What’s the school’s policy on players being on Twitter? Is it like the NBA or NFL? And which Huskies Twitter?
A: It’s my understanding there’s no hard and fast rule. One school official said: “Keep it clean. And keep it respectable.” The school went Twitter crazy when football coach Steve Sarkisian arrived last year and the athletic department has a very active account.
Among the players it’s difficult to know for sure, but my unofficial survey came up with this list on Twitter: @MBALive11 (Matthew Bryan-Amaning), @VenoytheGreat (Venoy Overton), @Scottro15 (Scott Suggs), @Tyr33se_LA2UW (Tyreese Breshers), @Isaiah_Thomas2 (Isaiah Thomas), @C_Trent12UW (Clarence Trent), @QuincyPondexter (Quincy Pondexter), @gaddy0uw (Abdul Gaddy), UCjwilcox23W (C.J. Wilcox).
Q. The Times News Index still calls this “Bob Condotta’s Husky Basketball Blog.” Maybe you can remind them there has been a change…
A. I talked the tech-guys. They’re looking into it. Apparently it needed to be changed in quite a few places.
Q: By the end of last year, refs had clued in to Venoy’s defensive style and were calling a lot more fouls for hand-checking etc. No doubt the other Pac-10 coaches are gonna work the refs this year. Have the coaches worked with Venoy to prepare for what could be tighter officiating? — Justin206
A: Overton has no intentions of changing his unique disruptive style because he believes it’s a big reason why he stays on the floor as long as he does. Overton averaged 20.8 minutes per game last season, which was tops among the reserves. Still, Romar has said Overton needs to recognize early on how the game is being called by officials and adjust accordingly. It’s something he did in late-season games against ASU, Arizona and WSU, but didn’t do against Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament.