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January 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Lorenzo Romars compares Terrence Ross to Lynn Swann

During the Pac-12 teleconference this morning, coach Lorenzo Romar compared sophomore guard Terrence Ross to Hall of Fame receiver Lynn Swann.
Also there’s no new update on C.J. Wilcox (stress fracture left hip) and Romar believes California, Thursday’s opponent, is the most efficient team in the Pac-12.
And finally, Romar said the Huskies need more consistent defensive play makers.
Here’s the transcript.
(On Ross) “Terrence is a guy that sometimes looks like not trying, but he is. He’s smooth. He’s very athletic and sometimes he goes to the basket and he looks – and I don’t mean this in a soft way at all – like a ballet dancer. He’s just so smooth looks like what they used to say about Lynn Swan. People think sometimes that he’s not trying, well that’s not true.
“He had 14 rebounds the last game. He’s other games where he had 13 rebounds and 10-11 rebounds. You don’t just slip up on those. With Terrence it’s just more of him being aggressive. A mindset. There’s scorers out there across America now and over the years they just have a killer’s instinct in terms of going out there and being aggressive to score. I think that’s what we’d like to see out of Terrence.”
(Will Wilcox play Thursday?): “I would say very, very doubtful. I can’t say he’s definitely out, but highly doubtful.”
(On California) “Cal doesn’t put a player on the floor that can’t do something offensively. Everyone one of those guys are a threat offensively. They’re the most efficient offensive team in our league. Not only when you look at their numbers on paper, you’re very impressed, but when you watch them just how they’re clicking offensively, how they have such great spacing, how they’re moving the basketball, sharing the basketball and everyone is contributing.
“But they also play really good defense. They play outstanding defense. I just think right now they’re the most difficult team in our league to play against because of how efficient they are on both ends of the floor.”
(Is Washington playing better?) “We’re not there at all. Only in spurts. Even in our last game we put together some really good defensive possessions to allow us to ocme back, but after that we didn’t defend the way we should have. Right now w’e’re just not a consistent defensive team. We need to keep getting better that way.”
(Is that due to youth?) “We need defensive play makers to be consistent. If we have several of those guys, then we will become a consistent defensive team. We have the makeup of it, we just haven’t totally been able to have that as an identity yet and really understand how important that is. I think in our heads we understand it, but it hasn’t gotten to our hearts and physical movements.”
— The latest NCAA tournament bracket from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi includes just two Pac-12 teams. Stanford is a ninth seed and California 10th.
— Colorado coach Tad Boyle says the Buffaloes are mediocre until they learn how to win on the road.

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