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February 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

UW aiming for 20+ wins, best conference record in school history

Without a game Thursday, it’s a slow week on Montlake. The Huskies watched video from Saturday’s 79-70 win over Arizona and had a lot of fun debating Aziz N’Diaye’s semi-controversial coast-to-coast dunk.
There’s a split among the team whether it was a legal play. C.J. Wilcox and others believe N’Diaye displayed remarkable athleticism while traveling en route to the basket. Coach Lorenzo Romar and Darnell Gant said N’Diaye threw the ball in front of him and didn’t commit an infraction.
That’s how good things are going right now with the Huskies. Team Turmoil in late November and early December has morphed into Team Tranquil. Washington has a three-game winning streak and has won eight of the last nine games.
Life is good right now for Washington, which sits atop the Pac-12 conference. With two weeks and three games left, the Huskies (19-8, 12-3) could reach two significant milestones.
Another win gives Washington 20 wins, which would be the first time in school history the team has reached the 20-win plateau in four consecutive years.
If Washington wins out, it would equal the best conference record in school history. Chris Welp, Detlef Schrempf, Paul Fortier and Shag Williams helped coach Marv Harshman the Huskies to a 15-3 record and a share of the Pac-10 title during the 1983-84 season.
“We’ve had some pretty good kids and good talent here,” Romar said. “We’ve had some good coaches and unbelievable support from our student section and the fans. All of that stuff the administration and the backing of the administration, you put that together and that’s what helps you gain some consistency in a program.
“Take one of those elements out and maybe you don’t have as much consistency. But they’ve all been there pretty much and that’s taken us a long ways to be in a position to do this.”
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Here’s the video from Romar’s press conference.
Highlights include:
— Wilcox (hip) still is not able to practice, but his injury has not gotten any worse. Depending on the outcome of an X-ray on his femur this week, he may resume workouts shortly.
— Romar said N’Diaye’s wrist may need surgery after the season, but it will not force him to miss any games. And Terrence Ross is recovering from a sore shoulder and ankle suffered Saturday.
— Romar believes Washington State’s Brock Motum is the most improved player in the Pac-12 and likens him to former WSU star Klay Thompson.
— Romar talks about what goes into recruiting a prospect who may be one and done or two and out.
— Romar said assistant Jim Shaw was instrumental in recruiting Ross.
— Romar explained a theory as to why Wroten is able to rebound his missed shots.
— It’s not on the video, but Tony Wroten Jr. said he feels as good as has since initially injuring his tail bone and elbows on Jan. 10.
Again, it was a slow news day.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— During a NCAA mock selection meetings in Indianapolis last week, media members picked the 68-team field. California is No. 11 while Arizona is No. 12 in a play-in game. No one else from the Pac-12 made the cut. It’s an interesting story for no other reason than it explains committee members do not solely really on the RPI.
— The new Pac-12 Network could rake in $7-8 million for each school in the conference.
— Former UW standout Justin Dentmon will play in the 2012 NBA D-League All-Star game on Feb. 25. One-time UW recruit Charles Garcia, who played at Seattle University, will also play in the game.

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