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Washington coach Lorenzo Romar met the media today to talk about Thursday’s 6 p.m. showdown with No. 8 Arizona.
He touched on a several other topics, including possibly tinkering with the lineup.
When asked if redshirt point guard Andrew Andrews is ready to start, Romar said: “Why would you do that? He had 27 minutes last game. He played more than he had been playing and we’re going to make sure he continues to do that. He’ll get more minutes, and maybe before it’s all said and done he will be starting.”
Romar touched on Desmond Simmons’ recent slump, Scott Suggs’ rebounding woes and recounted the epic battles with Arizona.
Perhaps the most poignant comment was Romar’s opinion on the Alaska Airlines Arena crowds.
“We need to play at our highest level and we want our crowd to be at their highest level,” he said. “It’s the same thing that allowed us to win 32-straight home games. I know what that’s like. We need everything we can get. Our first year Arizona was No. 2 in the country and we had over ten thousand fans here. Our second year when we started out 0-5 there were 8500 fans here and Arizona was No. 9. With the exception of one other year all the UA games have been sellouts. That includes 2007 and 2008. The crowd has always been very good for us.”
When asked when was the last time the crowd was really good like the old days, Romar replied: “Probably UCLA last year, a little bit. Arizona was pretty good, but the UCLA game was probably a little louder.