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Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said the emphasis of today’s practice at Galen Center was stressing the importance of avoiding turnovers. UW has committed at least 15 TOs in each of the past six games.
Romar also talked about Pac-12 title race and appears to have abandoned UW’s bid to repeat as regular-season champions. He’s re-adjusting the Huskies’ goals and believes Washington (13-5, 5-5) can win enough games to earn one of the 37 NCAA tournament at-large berths to the 68-team field.
“I don’t think we can win the regular-season title right now,” Romar said. “We’re too far behind. We’re three games behind with a loss to the two who are already on top. I don’t think we can do that at this point. Mathematically it’s possible, but beyond mathematics I just think it’s difficult.”
“We still have an opportunity to finish at the top of this league and make the NCAA tournament.
“Our goal is to try to win enough games so we can get an at-large bid without the (Pac-12) tournament. I definitely think that’s possible. It’s going to be difficult, but I think that’s possible and that’s what we’re looking at regardless of what place we’re in in the league.”
Romar said the Huskies are relatively healthy, including C.J. Wilcox, who was limited in practice due to what’s being described as early signs of a stress fracture in his left foot. The junior guard wore a protective boot after Thursday’s defeat at UCLA. However, Romar said the boot was a precaution. He also said Wilcox’s latest injury is nothing like last year’s hip stress fracture that severely hampered his performance in the second half of the season.
“C.J. is not hurt,” Romar said. “If I feel like the flu is about to come on, it’s not wise for me to go on a 10-mile run that day necessarily. I probably need to rest that day and I’ll be fine. It’s kind of like that.”
Wilcox said he’s been dealing with the discomfort for the past several weeks.