Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar talked with media types on a teleconference Friday. He addressed multiple topics, from the challenges Oregon poses to what’s going on with Scott Suggs:
What’s your top concern about Oregon? Where do I start? They’re very good in transition. They have multiple guys that can put the ball in the basket. They are good in the halfcourt. There’s a reason why they’re one of the top teams in the country. They don’t have many weaknesses. They should the ball from the outside. Change defenses very well. But, uh, there’s a lot to be concerned about.
What’s your approach to getting your guys right, at this point? If our pattern hold true, there is a very healthy respect for Oregon. So, I think because of that, our team will come out and be focused. What that will translate into to? I don’t know. We’ll be focused. I don’t think there has to be a whole lot of any yelling or whatever it is. I think we’ll be fine in terms of our approach.
What happened during the two losses? Right now, as a group, we have to grow up quickly and make sure we respect every team that we plays. I think in our last two ball games, we saw the records of the opponents we were playing and didn’t come out with quite the edge we had the other four games. I think that’s been a difference in our team. We hadn’t put the ball in the basket very well in a couple of those games but our defense sustained us. That’s what it has to be. We have to defend and rebound and play with a high level of intensity. And, that’s the only way we’ll have to be competitive.
Are you surprised that’s happening with a veteran team? It should be better, no doubt about it, it should be. That same veteran did what they were supposed to do in the first four. But, now, in the last couple, has not done it as much.
Zone worked for you the other night. Is that something that is becoming more of an option for you? It’s a great example, of, we were talking earlier in the year about our offense. If you’re not getting anything out of one, maybe you change up and go to something else and see what happens there. Maybe that loosens them up and we had did that a couple times offensively. The same thing we did defensively. That’s not what we want to be going out and trying to do. We’re not a zone team, but were looking for something to change the pace of the game. So, if we’re in that position again and we have to look at something to change the pace, maybe we do it again. I know the game before against Utah, we did it four times. Two times we got stops. The next time they got a wide open 3 and a wide open layup, so, we got out of it. We’re a man-to-man team, but we’ll make an adjustment and try something else if need be.
Do you want to the guys to see this as a big game? Whenever we start talking about that, those are, we start talking about the outcome and not the process and sometimes if you’re focused on the outcome, we have to win, we have to do this, you forget about the process. Right now, we need worry about the process. Are we going to come to play? Are we going to have a high level of intensity? Are we going to focus and executed? Those are the things that we have to concentrate on and if we do those, then we’ll be OK. But, if we don’t do those and we just worry about winning or losing the game, we can come out thinking winning the game and not make sure we take care of the details of the process.
Anything about to Oregon to focus on? If they get out and are kicking the ball ahead, they’re getting 3s and getting uncontested layups and things of that nature then it’s going to be a very, very long night. We have to make sure that we’re organized defensively. That would be one. Then, as they change their defenses, we have to make sure that we don’t become stagnant. We have to continue to maintain an offensive flow.
Going against a ranked team, does that do anything for you? The ranking part of it for us, right now, I think the only reason that is relevant to us is because I think we go in with a healthy respect. If they weren’t ranked, Colorado was not ranked when we played them but our team had a really healthy respect for them. Stanford and Cal and Washington State were not ranked, but when our team went on the road, we knew that if we didn’t bring it, we could fall short. I think that applies here. Obviously, the ranking doesn’t take away from that fact.
What has the tenor been in practice? I just try to make sure they understand what kind of team we are if we don’t come in with the focus at the beginning of the game and working on some things in terms of execution offensively and defensively.
How’s Scott Suggs to you right now? Scott right now, needs to concentrate on rebounding. And, I think him being a senior and being able to score the ball, I think maybe sometimes he gets a little anxious. I think if he was a little more patient, I think he’d have better results. Something him and I talked about and I think he’s smart enough to figure that out and I think he’ll be fine. He began to hit more shots last game against Oregon State so I’m sure he is going to be a little more consistent here.
I think sometimes he feels a burden to help us because we haven’t been scoring a lot of points or shooting a high field-goal percentage. Sometimes he just feels like, you know what, I’ve got to help my team. I think that may be where it stems from at times.
How is the team’s health? “Very good.”
Are you going to make any changes to the lineup? “No.”
Thoughts on the Wednesday-Saturday format? “We talked about this last week with Cal and Stanford and I didn’t know. It worked out in that instance. Here’s another week. We’ll see what happens this time, but again I’m not sure about it. It is – how do I best say it – it is hard to get into maybe a pattern, a rhythm because we’re flying back. We got back at 2:30 in the morning. Guys are going to school. And you have to adjust how you practice that way. After getting back at 2:30 in the morning and then coming back and having a really hard practice may not be the wisest thing to do. You don’t to really go long the day before so we just have to figure that out how we want to best maximize our practices.”