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March 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Lorenzo Romar unoptimistic about NCAA tourney chances

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Lorenzo Romar spoke with KJR-AM this morning and you can listen to the interview below.
He said critics who blame Tony Wroten Jr. for the loss are being unfair. Romar attributed the defeat to ineffective first-half defense and not knocking out Oregon State when Washington had an eight-point lead with eight minutes.
Romar is on the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors and he participated in a NCAA tournament mock draft with selection committee members. The knowledge he gained during that experience tells him Washington has a long shot of making the Big Dance.
“The conference that you’re in is irrelevant,” Romar said. “They look at our body of work. the only argument is we won our league. There’s other leagues that the winner wins the league with maybe 25 wins and they don’t get invited to the big dance because the body of work of the entire league wasn’t where it should be. Unfortunately for us, they’re going to look at that entire body of work of the league and it could hurt us.
“The only part that may be in our favor is if they look and say there are not 68 teams out there that are better than this team. And they did finish strong in spite of their last two games. But if you look over the last 14, we’ve done a pretty good job. If they look at all of that then I would think that could be our only hope.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
Bud Withers gives a detailed breakdown on the teams UW fans should root for over the next three days.
— Washington State junior Brock Motum, who finished second in the Pac-12 in scoring, is leaning on returning to school next season for his senior year.
— Former UW star Isaiah Thomas is starting to make a big splash in the NBA.

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