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|