February 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM
Video: UW coach Lorenzo Romar
Here’s video (above) of Lorenzo Romar’s press conference.
The Washington men’s basketball coach talked about Thursday’s game at UCLA.
He said the Huskies (13-9, 5-4) have been inconsistent during the first half of the Pac-12 season and was cautiously optimistic after Saturday’s 96-92 win over Arizona State.
Romar said defensive miscuse led to 20-30 points for the the Sun Devils
Romar doesn’t necessarily expect UW to score 96 points again, but he believes the team can be as offensively efficient as it was Saturday. The Huskies shot 52.9 percent from the field and had six players score at least 10 points.
Ideally, he wants Washington to continue repeating the offensive efficiency it exhibited against ASU while playing the shutdown defense that led the team to a 4-0 Pac-12 start when conference play began.
Despite being held in check the past two games, Romar believes C.J. Wilcox has had a “fantastic” first half. He said getting the junior guard back on track offensively is the least of his concerns.
Romar attributed a knee injury to Shawn Kemp Jr.’s slow start. A torn patella tendon forced the sophomore forward to miss the first seven games and Romar said he needed some time to get back into shape. In two of the past three games, Kemp has had 12-and-6 and 18-and-6 performances.
When talking about UCLA, Romar said the challenge with starting three freshmen is winning on the road and being on the same page defensively. He said in his years at UW, only two freshmen had a solid understanding of defensive concepts. They were Bobby Jones and Justin Holiday.
Romar is anxious to get a look at new Pauley Pavilion.
And finally, the UW coach really liked the Doritos commercial during the Super Bowl.