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March 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Lorenzo Romar: “Right now we’re … playing the waiting game”

Here’s the postgame comments from the podium.
How concerned are you with the seeding into the NCAA Tournament with today’s loss?
“Well, I’m not in there in the committee. I know we haven’t won as many games as we should have in non conference as a league. I would think the Pac 12 champion would be able to find a place in the NCAA Tournament. We certainly didn’t help ourselves today, but I would think we’d be able to find ourselves in there.
“But I am not on the committee. The committee, they’re meeting, and we’re kind of at the mercy of their decision.”
What did you guys talk about at halftime? Obviously the first half you looked sluggish defensively, and what did you want to do coming out in the second half?
“We just wanted to pick up our energy. We started off slow, sluggish. Nobody was talking on defense. Just little things like that. So we had to pick up our energy and be more physical. Once they started to feel us, especially on the rebounding and defensive end, we started to gain ground and eventually get the lead.”
How much did Aziz, picking up that fourth foul early in the second, how much did that mess up your plan or did it affect your plan at all?
“Aziz was on the all- defensive team. He’s huge for us defensively. He had to sit out, but he also, I thought, made a bucket down there down the stretch. He just seemed to have really come to life. He really helps us in the zone down there around the middle.
“Our guys scrap, but they got some baskets around the rim really close, lot of times Aziz takes care of all that. Couple of offensive boards they have. Usually when Aziz is in there, he handles all that. It took something away from our team when he wasn’t able to be in there.”
What is your message to the team now as you look forward to next week?
“We talked about just how important the little things are. That was the difference in the game. I didn’t think we executed the little things. If we have an opportunity to play again, it’s something we’ve got to make sure that we focus on.
“Right now we’re just kind of playing the waiting game to see what’s going to happen. I do believe we will be playing in the postseason somewhere, just not sure where and what tournament it’s going to be.”
In terms of Tony down the stretch, I know you guys continued to go to him. How good has he been in those moments throughout the season?
“He’s been really good. There are times he’s been exceptional. I thought tonight he was really aggressive getting to the basket. He got fouled a lot. When he’s playing in that type of rhythm, finding those holes in the defense, he can be pretty effective, and he was today.”
What, if anything, did you say to Tony after his performance today?
“We tried to let him know that we still had a chance to win the game after he missed those free throws. After the first two misses he was really down on himself, and I tried to encourage him instead. Because right after that, Jared Cunningham missed two free throws. Then he got another opportunity, but even though he didn’t seize that moment, I tried to stay encouraging towards him and let him know we still have a chance to win this game.
“You never want to be negative toward your teammates in that kind of situation.”

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