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March 22, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Romar on Sweet 16: “We need to win this one this time”

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Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar (above) spoke to KJR-AM radio this morning. He rehashed last week’s pair of victories in the NCAA tournament before the conversation turned to Thursday’s third-round game against No. 2 West Virginia.
Romar declined to reveal who he’ll assign to defend Mountaineer leading scorer Da’Sean Butler and Romar didn’t get too specific about the game plan.
Near the end of the interview, Romar gave a glimpse on how much he wants to win this game. It’s his third trip to the Sweet 16 after the heartbreaking overtime defeat to Connecticut in 2006 and the blowout loss to Louisville in ’05.
(What do you think about West Virginia?) “They are very sound. They’re very disciplined on defense. … Disciplined means you do what you’re supposed to do every time, the majority of the time.
“They play very good position defense. He has the type of athletes, he always has that allows them to switch and cover just about anyone on the floor in the past. They don’t do it as much this year. When it comes to ball screens, their big guys would get out there and they would defend you like a guard. They just take you out of it.
“They are very consistent and they are usually mentally and physically tough.”
(How will they defend Quincy Pondexter?) “They will guard him. I guarantee that. What happens when you play against West Virginia or a Bobby Huggins-coached team you got to be extremely focused individually as an offensive player and as a team. You got to do everything right. You got to set the right screens. You got to stick with them. You can’t stand around or you’ll never score.
“In Quincy’s situation I think Quincy will be focused. He will be ready to go. He and we will have to perform at a high level in terms of execution or they make it really, really tough for you.”
(On his third trip to the Sweet 16) “This is a lot of fun, but maybe we need to win this one this time.”
(Is this one more unexpected than the others?) “This is something that we were thinking at the beginning of the year it could happen, but obviously we kind of took a detour and once we got back on track and began to play better, it’s something we thought could happen.”
NOTE:
Today’s 12:30 p.m. press conference with Romar and players will be broadcast and webcast LIVE on UWTV (channel 27 in the Puget Sound) and at uwtv.org.

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