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Archives: Jan. 2015

Jan.
31st

Quoting Lorenzo Romar before Huskies host California

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar met with reporters this morning to preview the Super Bo – err, Washington’s 12 p.m. game tomorrow against California. Here’s everything he said, including a story involving Tyreese Breshers.

(Practices the last few days?) “It’s been good. I think we’ve made some progress. I think we’ve been able to just work on some things that allow us to compete, with the personnel situation that we have – compete better.” Read more »

Jan.
31st

Morning links: Jake Browning named first-team All-America by Parade Magazine

Huskies men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar is scheduled to meet with reporters later this morning. Until then, some football and basketball links to start your weekend.

— UW freshman quarterback Jake Browning, who enrolled earlier this month and has already joined the team, was one of three quarterbacks named first-team All-America by Parade Magazine. Read more »

Jan.
30th

Morning links: UCLA takes down 11th-ranked Utah

Just a few links on a pretty quiet Friday morning.

— UCLA was playing at home, but it’s still pretty surprising the Bruins were able to beat No. 11 Utah, 69-59, at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA lost to the Utes by 32 points the first time these teams met. Norman Powell led the way with 23 points.

The Utes simply got outplayed. Read more »

Jan.
29th

Quoting Lorenzo Romar after Huskies lose to Stanford

Here’s everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said after Wednesday night’s 84-74 loss to Stanford at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

(Opening statement) “First of all, Stanford’s a good basketball team. I think right now they’re playing as one of the top three teams in our league, and they showed it tonight. They were able to distance themselves from us. They did a good job that way. Shot the ball really well. We were going to try to play Nastic 1-on-1, and he did a good job of scoring in the first half. But what we wanted to do was limit the rest of their guys, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that in the first half. We just had trouble putting the ball down. Early on, I think we missed three or four real close shots, something that could have set the tone right away, but they didn’t go down. Obviously we turned the ball over too much in the first half. Eight turnovers, finished with 13. Read more »

Jan.
28th

Huskies miss Robert Upshaw — a lot — in 84-74 loss to Stanford

Stanford's Stefan Nastic, center, tries to hold on to the ball between Washington's Gilles Dierickx, left, and Nigel Williams-Goss (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Stanford’s Stefan Nastic, center, tries to hold on to the ball between Washington’s Gilles Dierickx, left, and Nigel Williams-Goss (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE – Each time Stefan Nastic lowered his shoulder on Wednesday night and moved a Washington Huskies defender out of the way, then made a hook shot or a layup or a short jumper, a reminder was issued.

The Huskies miss Robert Upshaw. And if Stanford’s 84-74 defeat of the Huskies – it wasn’t that close, either – before a deflated crowd of 6,832 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion provided an accurate forecast for the rest of the season, they’re going to keep on missing him.

A lot.

Then again, everybody already knew that. Upshaw, dismissed from the program on Monday for violating team rules, set UW’s single-season blocks record – he had 85 in just 19 games – and his 7-foot presence inspired hesitation among opponents who otherwise might try to attack the rim.

Well, this is what otherwise looks like. Nastic, a 6-foot-11 center who was repeatedly rejected by Upshaw the first time these teams played on Jan. 4 – a 68-60 Cardinal victory in overtime – dominated on Wednesday night with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 25 minutes.

He scored 15 in the first half, punishing the bodies of Shawn Kemp Jr. and Gilles Dierickx, relishing the massive, irreplaceable void Upshaw’s absence has left in the middle of UW’s defense. The Huskies have only two healthy forwards available – Jernard Jarreau is out at least another two weeks with a knee injury – and at times, they played with five guards. They started four. Read more »