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Feb.
27th

Quoting Lorenzo Romar before Huskies play at USC

FROM LOS ANGELES — Here’s everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told reporters before his team practiced this afternoon at the Galen Center.

(How is Shawn Kemp Jr. doing?) “He’s doing better, but it doesn’t look like today he’s going to be able to go tomorrow. Something could change within 24 hours but it doesn’t appear that way right now.”

(How frustrating is that?) “It’s frustrating. It’s more frustrating probably against UCLA because that’s another one that you just didn’t see coming. You knew Jernard (Jarreau) was back, (thinking) ‘now we’re coming off a win, we can build on this.’ So that was frustrating. At this point, we’ve just got to go. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve just got to go. We’ve got to go work and continue to try to control things we can control.” Read more »

Feb.
27th

Shawn Kemp Jr. likely out for Huskies’ game at USC while recovering from concussion

FROM LOS ANGELES — It appears as if senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. won’t recover from his concussion in time to play in the Huskies’ game Saturday night at USC.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said before UW’s practice at the Galen Center this afternoon that Kemp hasn’t been cleared to play and likely won’t before tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Kemp suffered the concussion in the second half of last week’s victory over Washington State, and also sat out Wednesday’s loss to UCLA.

Each student-athlete undergoes a concussion baseline test prior to the season, in order to establish a “baseline” of how they function when healthy. If a player is concussed, he or she must then pass that baseline test — in other words, their symptoms must decrease to what is on record as “normal” for them — before returning to practice or competition.

Romar said Kemp has improved, but he still isn’t practicing, either. So UW will again start four guards on Saturday, with freshman guard Donaven Dorsey taking Kemp’s place in the starting lineup. Read more »

Feb.
27th

Morning links: Nigel Williams-Goss named third-team academic All-America

Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Arizona State in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss in action against Arizona State in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

FROM LOS ANGELES — There were three Pac-12 basketball games last night. None of them were close. Also, Nigel Williams-Goss is smart. Links:

Williams-Goss was named a Capitol One third-team academic All-American, becoming the first academic All-American in program history. He carries a 3.74 grade-point average in pre-social science, and plans to double-major in communication and psychology. Read more »

Feb.
26th

Morning links: Huskies hope Shawn Kemp Jr. can return for Saturday game at USC

UCLA's Norman Powell, center, goes up for a dunk as Washington's Quevyn Winters, bottom left, and Donaven Dorsey, right, watch during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
UCLA’s Norman Powell, center, goes up for a dunk as Washington’s Quevyn Winters, bottom left, and Donaven Dorsey, right, watch during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

FROM LOS ANGELES — Without starting forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who sat out due to a concussion, the Washington Huskies had very little chance of beating the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion last night.

So it wasn’t all that surprising to see the Bruins run away with it, 88-66, with the Huskies again down to just two players taller than 6-foot-7, and only one — Jernard Jarreau — who was in the rotation when the season started. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said he’s hopeful Kemp can progress well enough during the next two days to be cleared to play in Saturday’s game at USC.

We have some links from last night’s action at Pauley, as well as a couple of other Pac-12 games. Read more »

Feb.
25th

Quoting Lorenzo Romar after Huskies lose 88-66 at UCLA

FROM LOS ANGELES — Here’s everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told reporters after Washington’s 88-66 loss at UCLA on Wednesday night.

(Opening statement) “UCLA had an obvious size advantage, and they took advantage of it tonight. Fifty points in the paint to our 20. They doubled us up on the boards. They did what they needed to do. They did a great job in that regard and really made it tough.”

(On Shawn Kemp Jr.’s concussion diagnosis) “With the way concussions are treated now, it takes so much – very conservative with them. We were hopeful that he would be better each day, and he got a little better, but not enough for them to clear him to play. A little over 15 minutes left in that Wazzu game is where he got hit, and we thought he could come back, 12, eight minute-mark, and then it was just a decision, he can’t go back in there. So that was one day. We were hoping he would be better the next day, he was a little better, but still wasn’t cleared. So it’s a long process.” Read more »

Feb.
25th

Undermanned Huskies throttled 88-66 by UCLA in Los Angeles

UCLA 's Tony Parker, center, celebrates his basket, between Washington's Jernard Jarreau, left, and Mike Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
UCLA ‘s Tony Parker, center, celebrates his basket, between Washington’s Jernard Jarreau, left, and Mike Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES – Undermanned and undersized, the Washington Huskies men’s basketball team visited Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night with little chance of defeating the UCLA Bruins.

And they played like it.

The Huskies trailed by double-digits for the final 33 minutes of this embarrassing game, an 88-66 throttling before a crowd of 7,841 that diminished any positive feelings UW may have experienced after Sunday night’s victory at Washington State.

That win snapped a seven-game losing streak, and the Huskies hoped it might vault them toward more encouraging play this week.

It did not.

But it didn’t help that the Huskies (15-12, 4-11 in Pac-12) played without 6-foot-9 senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who sat out due to a concussion. The Huskies were steamrolled as a result, the Bruins outscoring them 50-20 in the paint.

UW coach Lorenzo Romar said Kemp suffered the concussion when WSU guard Ny Redding bumped Kemp in the chin with his head during the second half of Sunday’s game. Kemp sat out the rest of that game, and though he progressed slightly on Monday and Tuesday, he still wasn’t cleared to play. Romar is hopeful that Kemp can play Saturday against USC.

“Like we’ve been doing since Sunday, (we’ve) just got to wait until tomorrow,” Romar said, “and hopefully tomorrow his symptoms have really, really decreased so that he’s able to go on Saturday.” Read more »