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February 7, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Huskies humbled, but Romar says: “We’re still in good shape”

Thought I’d pass along a few items from Lorenzo Romar’s weekly radio show.
— The Washington coach said: “We’ve been humbled to the fact that we really got to bust our tails if we want to finish where we want to be.”
— The Huskies (15-7, 7-4 Pac-10) fell from first to third in the conference race, but Romar said things could turn around just as quickly. He said: “We’re also a week or two away from being back in first place.” He also said: “We’re still in good shape, but we have to play better basketball.”
— Romar acknowledged Washington has become passive offensively because it is a better three-point shooting team than ever before. He said: “We have to become more aggressive.”

— When it comes to Justin Holiday, Romar said he gauges the senior forward’s effectiveness based on his rebounds, assist-to-turnover ratio, steals and deflections. When Holiday scores in bunches, it’s a bonus Romar said.
— Romar said teams have made adjustments defending Isaiah Thomas since the junior co-captain moved to point guard nine games ago. Washington State and Oregon State “formed a wall at the top of the key” that didn’t allow Thomas to penetrate and led to many of his seven turnovers. Romar said Thomas made adjustments against Oregon and was able to reach the rack on dribble drives from the corner rather than the top of the key.
— Romar said the Huskies need more production from C.J. Wilcox and Terrence Ross. He likened them to WSU’s Klay Thompson when he was a freshman and was primarily a spot-up shooter.
— Romar acknowledged Venoy Overton has struggled this season, but said he saw signs of the senior guard playing better Saturday at Oregon. Romar said: “I’m anxious to see what’s going to happen with Venoy.”
— Romar expects Washington to play better this week in part because the Huskies are returning home and also because he believes the team understands the losing can’t continue any longer. He said: “I’d be really surprised if we don’t have that fire come Thursday.”
— The Huskies have faced a lot of zone teams recently, but Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and USC play man-to-man defense.
— And speaking of the zone, one of UW’s problem with the zone is the team doesn’t have a tall player adept at attacking the zone from the perimeter. Romar said Brandon Roy, Jamaal Williams and Quincy Pondexter were the best players he’s ever had who could break down a zone with dribble penetration and short jumpers. Romar said Ross “is good at it” and Holiday “is getting better.” The UW coach said they’re the most capable players of scoring in the middle.
— Junior forward Darnell Gant, who played just five minutes Saturday because of a thigh injury, did not do much today in practice. However, he’s expected to be available Thursday.
— Romar defended UW’s use of the 2-3 zone on Saturday. He said Oregon shot 8 of 21 from the field against the zone.
— And finally, Romar said he was impressed with Oregon’s new $227 million Matthew Knight Arena. “The floor looks better in person,” he said. Romar acknowledged the building can be a recruiting tool for the Ducks, but wasn’t overly concerned because “that just makes the league better.” Romar received a tour of the arena from the UO coaching staff. He called it “immaculate from the outside,” but said inside he prefers Edmundson Pavilion.

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