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November 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Final practice at home before Huskies leave for Hawaii

Venoy Overton was limited at today’s practice after suffering a bruised tail bone in Tuesday’s hard spill against Eastern Washington.
He said his backside is sore, but expects to play Monday when Washington opens the Maui Invitational against Virginia.
Otherwise, the Huskies (2-0) are excited and ready to trade cold, gloomy and rainy Seattle for five days of sunshine, sand and hoops.
The team will leave campus around 6:30 a.m. tomorrow for an 8:20 a.m. flight. Six hours later they land in Maui and will practice in the afternoon, which is closed to the media and public.
Coach Lorenzo Romar met with the media today and addressed a litany of topics:
— Ideally, he would have left today, but players had to attend classes. He said UW will have a business trip mindset, but would like the team to enjoy itself as well.
— He likened the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center, the site of the tournament, to a “high school arena” and a “sweat box.”
— Romar said the Huskies depth should help them during the three-games-in-three-days tournament.
— He said UW’s experience in major post-season tournaments is also an advantage. In 2007, Washington lost two games in New York in the NIT Season Tip-off against Texas A&M and Syracuse. In ’08, they lost a pair of games in the CBE Classic in Kansas City to Kansas and Florida.
— Romar touched on the possibility of playing No. 12 Kentucky. He said he has no problems with former UW commit Terrence Jones or Wildcats coach John Calipari.
“I have no problems with Terrence Jones,” Romar said. He said UW has moved on since the bizarre flip-flopping recruiting incident this summer.
“If he could have done it again, he probably would have handled it a little differently,” Romar said.”But you don’t get to practice these things. There’s not a manual out there that shows you how to do it. I thought it was a situation where he was really confused and did what he did. But again, that’s where he wanted to go to school. He’s happy now and he’s certainly has moved on once he made his decision and we’ve moved on.”
— On Calipari, Romar said: “I’ll be cordial to him. Calipari didn’t do anything wrong in that situation.”
— The Huskies will start the same lineup.
— After two games, Romar said: “We gave up too many points due to negligence. If we can shore that up, I think we can really be a good defensive team. … I think we shoot the ball well. If we can not become a team that lives and dies by the 3, but takes opportunity threes. Play inside and out, penetrate and kick, transition and kick ahead, guys are open I think that’s a positive for us. And obviously, I think our depth is a positive for us. We can adjust midway through the game based on what’s going in the game in terms of our personnel. Bigs, small, shooters (and) defenders, I think we can put a lot of different combinations out there.”
— Romar said Overton has a NBA future if he continues to improve on his decision making and works on his jump shot. Overton has 14 assists and two turnovers this season.
“I don’t care who it is in the world, there’s not many that can give you what he gives you guarding that ball,” Romar said. “I don’t care who you are, it’s not going to be a walk in the park bringing the ball up against him.”



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