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December 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM

N’Diaye to start; Suggs upgraded and Romar dishes on Zags

Sophomore center Aziz N’Diaye will start Saturday against Texas Tech and Matthew Bryan-Amaning will come off the bench for a second straight game.
Junior Scott Suggs who sat out Tuesday because of a strained left MCL participated in drills Thursday. He’s listed as questionable.
Senior guard Venoy Overton is still not 100 percent after suffering a bruised tailbone Nov. 16 against Eastern Washington. Still, he’s expected to play.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said: “He’s still not moving the way I know he’s capable of moving, but obviously he can go out and play.”
Romar touched on a variety of topics Friday.
—- He expects C.J. Wilcox, who scored a career-high 20 points in the 102-75 win over Long Beach State, will receive more attention from the Red Raiders than he did from the 49ers.
Said Romar: “A lot of people hadn’t seen C.J., they didn’t know what to expect. This guy redshirted. They didn’t know he was about. They just don’t know. All of a sudden he comes in. They saw the Virginia game. They knew he was a shooter coming in. If we were playing against Washington and we were developing a scouting report, we’d say now C.J. Wilcox comes off the bench. When he comes off the bench, he is a a shooter. Close out. Do not give him any room. Right now he’s a freshman and he’s not their go-to guy, but he can quickly become that if we allow him to get open. That’s what the scouting report will be. Before the last game that would have been the scout so I can only imagine what it is now.
“The beauty about C.J. and the makeup of this team, hopefully it’s a situation where you have to pick your poison. So you’re playing against and (you’re told) don’t leave him, but what about when Isaiah Thomas is driving. Usually when we play the Huskies, we collapse on Isaiah Thomas. So now you’re saying don’t collapse? So you’re saying let Isaiah Thomas drive? Abdul Gaddy is shooting 53 percent from three. Don’t let him shoot it? Because we have other weapons now, other guys are stepping up. Darnell Gant is shooting 66 percent from the three-point line. There’s more guys that can step up and make a basket. I don’t know if you can just totally concentrate on C.J. Wilcox.”
— Romar said Wilcox is the best shooter he’s ever coached at UW. He mentioned Ryan Appleby, UW’s all-time three-pointer shooter, and Tre Simmons, but picked Wilcox because “we saw the finished product of those guys and we’re seeing this as a freshman. Either one of those guys, I don’t know if they come out and shoot 58 percent from the three-point line after six games. That’s hard to do.”
— Romar said the Pac-10 has teams that are developing and playing better than last season. He’s worried college basketball observers have already formed an opinion on the league and hopes they continue to evaluate the conference over the course of the season instead of relying on an impression formed in November or December. The Pac-10 is 1-6 against ranked teams.
“I think we’ve taken some tough losses,” he said. “We’ve taken it on the chin in a couple of games. But again, I just hope what happened last year doesn’t happen this year in terms of the national perception.”
— Gonzaga plays Illinois in the Battle of Seattle on Saturday an hour after UW’s game begins. Seemingly every basketball fan in the state wants UW and the Zags to renew a series that ended in 2007. Romar believes the Huskies will play the Bulldogs, but he doesn’t know when and implied there’s no current scheduling negotiations between the teams.
“I’ve always maintained I think it would sometime in the future,” he said. “I just don’t know when. No one has ever heard me say that’s over and it’s permanently over. No one has ever heard me say that. I’ve always said it can happen again.
When asked what has to happen for the series to renew again, Romar said: “I don’t know. The most I can tell you is, I can see it happening again.”

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