One of the numerous oddities from the Arizona State game was Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar not taking the glass half-full approach.
“If we’re not going to defend better, we can’t expect to come out on top,” Romar said. “I’ll take it. If we’d have held them to 20 percent and lost, it would have been worse, so we’ll take it for sure, but we just have to do a better job on the defensive end.”
The flip to that is Washington scored 96 points after being in an offensive malaise much of conference play.
For all the missteps in the first half of conference play — losing to Utah and Oregon State, most notably — Washington went into Saturday’s game with Arizona State ranked 70th in RPI. That particular metric is flawed, but still used when looking ahead to the tournament. So, it seemed odd Washington was still hanging around.
We got crushed inside. Obviously we gave up 50 points in the paint in a variety of ways: low post, transition, offensive rebounds, cutters off of back screens to name a few of the ways they tallied 50 points in the paint. Certainly the rebounding was very problematic for us. We really got destroyed on the back boards. And we got beat in 50-50 balls. So despite doing a number of good things on offense, it was negated by those kinds of things on defense.
On his confidence when other guys are stepping up with scoring:
“It helps and takes a lot of pressure off me. It’s tough to get in the rhythm in your first year and it takes a while to get into it. When they get into that rhythm, you’re not going to focus on me as much. It’s good, as far as a team standpoint. It’s hard to just key on everybody. You got