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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 4, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Venoy Overton returns to the starting lineup for Senior Night

Just wrapped up a fairly lengthy interview with coach Lorenzo Romar.
Here’s the highlights:
Venoy Overton will replace C.J. Wilcox in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. game against USC. Overton is a senior and its a Husky tradition that seniors start their last game at Edmundson Pavilion. UW’s other seniors are Justin Holiday and Matthew Bryan-Amaning who have started all or most of the season.
— Romar said this senior group has a chance to become the third class to make three straight NCAA tournament appearances. He said they have a chance to play at the next level.
Corrected: 3:30 p.m.
Scott Suggs, who played Thursday after a three-day layoff due to a strained left MCL, didn’t experience any obvious lingering effects after the game. He played 18 minutes. Romar raved about Suggs’ defense against UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt.
“Last night Scott played … more like a veteran and a guy that was experienced than I ever seen him play,” Romar said. “He didn’t score a lot of points … but his defense was really, really good. He forced a number of turnovers out there and had a couple of steals.”
— Romar said UW’s full-court press on Thursday didn’t force a lot of turnovers, but it did it’s job.
“I thought it made little bit of difference in making us alert,” he said. “We had our reasons for playing. I thought we sped them up at times. They just didn’t come down and be deliberate in their half-court sets.”
— Romar on C.J. Wilcox: “Every time he misses I just wonder if he got enough sleep the night before.”
— Romar said USC has improved since their first meeting, a 73-67 overtime win on Dec. 29.
“It’s a classic example of guys falling into their roles,” he said. “Knowing exactly what their job description is game in and game out. They have one of the top players to me in the country and one of the most under-appreciated players in Nikola Vucevic. Whenever you have a player like that who is giving you a double double or pretty close to it – 20 and 10 – you always have a chance. And they have some good quick guards. And they defend you. They really guard you.”

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

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