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February 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

Huskies hoops links: Is time running out on Lorenzo Romar?

(Photo credit: Dean Rutz - Seattle Times)

Lorenzo Romar’s men’s basketball team at Washington has lost five games in a row, and faces No. 7 Arizona next, but has a promising recruiting class waiting in 2015-16. (Photo credit: Dean Rutz – Seattle Times)

Jerry Brewer pretty much sums up the thoughts of many Huskies fans and particularly Lorenzo Romar supporters in today’s column.

Brewer writes: “I have a soft spot, maybe even a weak spot. The Washington men’s basketball coach, whose job security is getting as thin as actress Rooney Mara, epitomizes the class and integrity a college leader should have. He is a principled man without doubling as a dismissive human being, relating to and teaching all types of personalities.

But it’s not just the Good Guy factor.

As a coach, Romar has done the unprecedented in 13 years at his alma mater. He had an eight-year stretch that included six NCAA tournament appearances and three Sweet 16s. The Huskies have won three conference tournament titles and two regular-season crowns. From 2004 to 2013, the Huskies won 208 games, more than the school ever has in a nine-year span. He has eight of the program’s 18 NCAA tournament victories. Romar has recruited and/or developed some of the greatest players in Husky basketball history.

The problem is, for all that he’s accomplished, Romar is in a rut that might end his successful tenure.”

FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:

— The Huskies have a big challenge and a great opportunity to get a quality win Friday night against No. 7 Arizona.

— Here’s a take on Washington’s predicament from an Arizona point of view.

— Arizona freshman point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright made the trip to Seattle, but it’s uncertain if he will play Friday against Washington. He suffered a concussion Jan. 28.

— Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski has struggled recently.

— Across the state, Eastern Washington (19-5, 10-1) is eyeing a NCAA tournament berth.

— Washington State coach Ernie Kent previews this weekend’s games against Arizona State and Arizona.

— Since transferring from UNLV, 6-foot-6 forward Savon Goodman has carved out a role with Arizona State.

Delon Wright scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead No. 11 Utah to a 75-59 victory over Stanford at Hunstman Center. Dalin Bachynski finished with 13 points, while Jordan Loveridge and Brekkott Chapman added 12 for the Utes (19-4, 9-2 Pac-12), who moved to the top of the Pac-12 standings.

Anthony Brown led Stanford (16-8, 7-5) with 15 points and Marcus Allen scored a career-high 13. Chasson Randle entered the game averaging a Pac-12 best 20.3 points per game, but was held scoreless in the first half. His first field goal came with 6:23 remaining in the game. He finished with 10 points.

Jordan Matthews led California to a 68-61 win over slumping Colorado as the Golden Bears stretched their winning streak to five. Mathews hit five three-pointers and scored 22 points as Cal (16-9, 6-6 Pac-12) snapped a six-game skid at Coors Events Center, where it last won on Dec. 16, 1974.

Josh Scott led Colorado with 17 points in his second game back from a bad back that had sidelined him for eight of the previous nine games. The Buffaloes (11-12, 4-7), who were coming off a 28-point blowout to Utah, lost back-to-back home games for the first time under fifth-year coach Tad Boyle.

— And here’s a look at the conference standings.

Pac-12 Conference Standings

TEAM CONF W-L TOTAL W-L
No. 11 Utah 9-2 19-4
No. 7 Arizona 8-2 20-3
Oregon 8-4 18-7
Oregon State 7-5 16-8
Stanford 7-5 16-8
UCLA 7-5 15-10
California 6-6 16-9
Arizona State 4-6 12-11
Colorado 4-7 11-12
Washington State 4-7 10-13
Washington 3-8 14-9
USC 1-11 9-15

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