Washington coach Lorenzo Romar met the media Thursday following practice. Here’s a few notes from his weekly press conference.
— He said WSU senior forward Brock Motum is one of the most versatile players in the Pac-12. “I say a lot of times guys are that are 6-8 and above love to say ‘Im versatile’ because they like to play on the perimeter. But you’re not versatile because all you do is play on the perimeter. If you’re versatile, you can do it all. He plays on the perimeter. He shoots it from the perimeter. He drives it from the perimeter. He can post you up. He can pass. He makes free throws. At 6-9 or 6-10, that’s a tough cover anywhere. And that’s what he does.”
— When asked about the non-conference season, Romar laments UW’s three home losses.
— Romar’s said UW’s deficient on-ball defense has been a problem in almost every game. Although he believes the Huskies are improving defensively.
— The problems are similar to the last year’s trouble when UW had difficulty keeping opposing guards out of the paint. This season, the problem is compounded because UW hasn’t provided adequate help defense.
— In addition, Romar said the Huskies need to defend the three-point shot better. They’re allowing teams to shoot 36.2 percent behind the arc, which is tied for last in the Pac-12.
— Romar said UW has to play differently on the road than it does at home. He stressed the importance of taking care of the ball, decreasing turnovers and taking good shots. When the Huskies don’t do those things, they’re committing “basketball suicide.” He said it happened in last week’s 61-53 loss at Connecticut when UW had 13 ‘bad’ possessions after taking a 16-10 lead in the first half.
— Romar added he doesn’t want the Huskies to stop taking open shots, but he wants the right people taking open shots.
— When asked about the toughest venues in college basketball, Romar said the top two were Southern Mississippi and Wyoming. He described Washington State’s Friel Court at “festive.”
— C.J. Wilcox leads UW with an 18.5 scoring average, however Romar was vague when asked if the Huskies have anyone who is capable of putting the team on his back and carrying them to a victory. He said he’ll know the answer in March when the Pac-12 Tournament begins.