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Here’s video (above) of coach Lorenzo Romar talking about the Pac-12 Tournament and Wednesday’s first-round game against cross-state rival Washington State.
A few notes:
— The Huskies swept the regular-season series with the Cougars, but Romar said it’s difficult to beat a team three times in a season. He noted UW beat Oregon State twice last year before losing to the Beavers in the conference quarterfinals last year.
— Romar said WSU is “a different team” from the squad UW beat 72-68 eight days ago. Since that loss, the Cougars beat then-No. 23 UCLA and USC. Romar said Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge are clicking. On Motum, he said: “He’s on a mission. He’s very, very aggressive.”
— Washington will start the same lineup: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Scott Suggs, Aziz N’Diaye and Shawn Kemp Jr. In the last game, Kemp was benched two minutes into the contest because he allowed Motum to score five points after the first two possessions. Backup forward Desmond Simmons came in and held Motum to 18 points. In their first matchup, Motum had 15 against Simmons.
— Romar said Simmons is a good defensive player because he follows the scouting report.
— Wilcox is 12 of 58 on three-pointers in the past 11 games. Romar said: “I wonder if he’s been worn out a little bit.” Romar also acknowledged Wilcox could be mentally fatigued.
— When asked if Scott Suggs should shoot more, Romar said: “Less is more with him.”
— Romar talked about winning four games in four days when he was at Saint Louis. He said you need to win the first game and play defense. His team didn’t allow an opponent more than 60 points.
— When asked what he remembered about the last meeting against WSU in the conference tournament, Romar said: “Klay Thompson went berserk.” Thompson scored 43 points in the 89-87 UW win on March 10, 2011.
— Romar isn’t sure what to expect at the MGM Grand Arena where the tournament is being held. The venue has held just one basketball in its history. The Huskies are flying down early Tuesday and will practice on the MGM floor Tuesday afternoon.
— Romar was also unsure if there’s any advantage on playing the late game Wednesday. He noted, the Huskies have lots of experience this season with late starts.