Obviously, much of the day has been talking about football and firings, but I’m at Alaska Airlines Arena for tonight’s Pac-12 game between Washington and Oregon.
Don Ruiz, who filled in for me, had this preview in today’s paper.
From Don’s story …
However, coach Lorenzo Romar doesn’t attribute the recent surge to hard lessons learned against the Jackrabbits.“I don’t know if it was because of South Dakota,” he said Friday after practice at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. “… If you plant some seeds, there’s something growing underneath the soil. You just can’t see it, but something’s developing. And then one day you drive by, and you look, and there it is. I think that’s what we’re beginning to see. Some seeds had been planted probably two or three weeks ago about getting better defensively and doing some things better offensively. You couldn’t see the results at first, but I think we’re just starting to see the results.”
Another of those seeds involves consistency. And the Huskies will be tested on that tonight, as they try to complete a home-court sweep of the Oregon schools with a win over the Oregon Ducks.
“We’re happy with the (OSU) win, but we understand that we have a lot to learn and a long way to go if we want to be good this year,” forward Desmond Simmons said. “So, we’re happy with the win, but we’re still trying to get better in a lot of areas.”
The Oregon State game also marked dramatic development for Simmons, a redshirt freshman, and guard Tony Wroten, a true freshman.“They’re both junkyard dogs,” Romar said. “They’re not intimidated. In terms of how they play, they’re totally different players, but they have a mentality where they’re going to fight you. They’re not going to back down.”