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March 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

West Virginia is better than USC, which dominated UW

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and selected players met with the media this afternoon before practice.
Romar attributed UW’s hot shooting in the NCAA tournament to players spending extra time after practice with assistant Jim Shaw and working on shooting.
Many believe No. 2 West Virginia, UW’s opponent Thursday, is similar in style and personnel to USC, which dominated the Huskies this season. The Mountaineers and Trojans are defensive-minded teams with tall players who can play multiple positions.
Romar disagreed. He thinks the Mountaineers are more “tenacious” defensively than the Trojans. USC drilled UW 87-61 in their first meeting in Los Angeles.
The Trojans also won 67-64 in a game in which they had a 16-point lead with nine minutes left before the Huskies made a comeback.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS:
Romar
(On roles being established)

“We have a team identity. We understand that we have to defend and be blue collar or we’re just a mediocre team. Even though we average close to 80 points a game and we had a lot of high-scoring outputs that’s not the foundation of our team. The scoring is a result of playing good quality defense and playing hard. Winning the hustle plays. Getting to the loose balls. Those are the things that provide everything for us and our guys understand that now whereas before I don’t know if we quite understood that.’
(On his relationship with West Virginia coach Bob Huggins) “In 1990 I was with a group called Athletes in Action and we were based in Cincinnati and the local team there was the Cincinnati Bearcats coached by Bob Huggins. I was still playing and staying in shape those days and I played with their guys quite a bit.
“I even went to school there and eventually – because I didn’t finish my undergrad at Washington although I was a student here – ended up finishing at Cincinnati. Took classes with some of their players and got to know their program very well. Got to watch Coach Huggins practice and conduct his practice. Even went to one of their banquets. I got real close to their program and have known Coach Huggins ever since.”
(Is West Virginia like USC?) “It would appear because when you think of SC’s size (or) even a Georgetown. They had great size. But they don’t resemble SC to me because they start a 6-2, 200-pound guard and then the other starters are 6-6 and above. SC had a 6-1 guard and then it was 6-5 and 6-6.
“This team is – although they don’t have a 7-footer – they just have size from 2-5 positions. Defensively, SC packed it in and kind of motioned for you come in here. … West Virginia is a little more tenacious. They have more of a defensive presence than USC did.
“And it was difficult obviously for us to score against USC. It appears that West Virginia … is just more aggressive in terms of coming after you.”

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