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February 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Miller says Arizona’s guards improved since last UW meeting

For the first time this season, Washington didn’t have enough healthy bodies to conduct practice so the Huskies enlisted the help of sophomore student-manager Kegan Bone, who is the nephew of Washington State coach Ken Bone.
That’s the state of the Huskies these days.
I asked coach Lorenzo Romar if he ever gets on the court any more and practices with the players. He said he did in the not-so-distant past, but prefers coaching from the sidelines these days.
Anyway, we reported earlier Romar is starting senior guard Venoy Overton in place of injured guard Scott Suggs tomorrow at No. 12 Arizona.
Isaiah Thomas said losing Suggs is a blow, but he believes C.J. Wilcox will continue to pick up the slack in terms of providing a perimeter-scoring threat.
Also had a chance to talk with Arizona coach Sean Miller today. Here’s some highlights of the interview.
(On UW losing Suggs) “If I was in Lorenzo Romar’s shoes I would probably feel like it’s a tough loss. He’s an excellent shooter. … Part of what makes Washington who they are, they have great depth. But they also have a number of guys who can score coming off the bench. Make threes and change the game. … I’m sure in some ways it will be a loss.”
(On the difference between Arizona now and the team that lost 85-68 on Jan. 20 in Seattle) “We’re more sure of ourselves at the point guard. I think both (Lamont) MoMo Jones and Jordin Mayes have developed. They take care of the ball better and is just more confident. I think our team runs a little smoother than maybe it did back did.”
(On stopping Thomas) “Team. He uses so many ball screens and he’s so attack heavy in transition as a team we have to do a good job with him.”
(On Arizona’s whiteout) “I’m sure it will add something to it. Home court advantage in basketball is just so significant. There’s a reason why it’s so hard to win on the road. When you have 14,500 people here with a lot at stake, any advantage that we can get, we’ll take.”
(On if he plans to wear a white suit similar to Rick Pitino’s infamous Colonel Sanders attire?) “I wouldn’t look right. I’d look like marshmallow. I’m going to stay true to who I am.

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs

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