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Washington coach Lorenzo Romar confirmed Andrew Andrews is doubtful to play Thursday against Seattle University and added the redshirt freshman point guard is unlikely to return Saturday when the Huskies face Jackson State.
Without Andrews, Romar acknowledged it’s imperative senior point guard Abdul Gaddy stays out of foul trouble. In Saturday’s 76-73 defeat to Nevada, Gaddy missed the last 10 minutes of the first half after picking up his third foul.
Here’s a few notes from Romar’s press conference.
— Romar said “sooner or later it will happen” referring to SU beating UW. He said the Redhawks “keep getting better.”
— Romar called SU coach Cameron Dollar, his friend and former assistant, a “legendary pitbull,” while referring to the 2010 game in which the Redhawks committed 45 fouls in a 123-76 UW victory. The Huskies went to the line 61 times and made 34 free throws.
— Referencing UW’s 4-4 record and SU’s 3-3 mark, Romar said: “I don’t know who is better.”
— Romar said the Huskies have played well this season when the team has been on a big stage or has dug itself a big hole.
— When asked if Washington is laid back, Romar said yes and likened the team to the 2007 and ’08 squads. “We just have to understand who we are,” he said.
— Referencing the 2004 team that started 0-5 in Pac-12 and finished in the NCAA tournament, Romar said: “I really feel like something will happen and it will eventually click.”
— Romar said Shawn Kemp Jr., who made his season debut Saturday, is fine. Kemp missed seven games due to a torn patella tendon.
— Scott Suggs (plantar fasciitis), who returned Saturday after missing three games, is also OK. However, his injury limits him in practice.
— Washington’s top defensive concern is keeping opposing guards out of the paint. Romar didn’t say it, but he alluded the Huskies’ best on-ball perimeter defender is Andrews.
— Romar doesn’t want to play C.J. Wilcox 39 minutes like he did Saturday, but admitted right now he doesn’t have a choice.