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March 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Terrence Ross update; Tony Wroten video on missed free throws and bouncing back

Terrence Ross, who is bothered by a hip injury, was one of the first players on the court at practice today. He took several shots alongside freshman guard Andrew Andrews.
When asked about his hip, Ross replied: “I’m good.”
Tuesday night he complained the injury restricted his mobility, but Thursday he moved easily around the floor. Coach Lorenzo Romar said the sophomore guard is probable for Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Northwestern in the second round of the NIT.
Romar likened the Wildcats to Oregon State because both teams run a variation of the Princeton offense.
“They will run it in its most purest form of anyone that we’ve played,” he said.
Romar also compared Northwestern to South Dakota State because “they have four guys between 6-1 and 6-5 on the floor that can all shoot. They shoot close to 40 percent as a team from three when you talk about their 18 conference games. … Those are running around shooting threes within that motion and it’s hard to defend.
“The fifth guy is (John) Shurna who is a really good basketball player. I had the opportunity to be around him the last few years with USA Basketball. He’s 6-9 and shoots it as well as anyone one of them. So they present matchup problems for you. That’s probably the main concern with us with how they have pretty much five shooters on the floor at all times.”
Romar said the Huskies will need to be “creative” in how they use 7-foot Aziz N’Diaye. Defensively, he could have problems defending Shurna who taken a team-high 90 three-point attempts this season. If Washington plays man-to-man defense, then N’Diaye may have to defend 6-5 guard JerShon Cobb or 6-4 guard Reggie Hearn.
N’Diaye has been in foul trouble in five of the last six games. On Tuesday, the problem was UW’s lax perimeter defense allowed dribble penetration and he collected fouls while trying to protect the basket. Romar said UW’s guards have to do a better job of keeping opponents out of the lane.
When asked to describe Washington’s style to a Chicago-based writer, Romar said: “We play a motion where we try to attack and read the defense, dribble penetrate and kick and we compliment that with sets when we want to make sure we get the ball to someone specifically. And we try to push it at every opportunity.”
Freshman Jernard Jarreau sprained his ankle and is wearing a protective walking boot. Romar said he should be fine in a few days.
Freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. opens up (below) about missing four critical free throws in last week’s loss to Oregon State.

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