Lorenzo Romar is 302-197 in his 16-year career.
Jan. 31, 2012
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Tuesday Romar Press Conference Video
- The Huskies, tied for first place with Cal at 7-2 in Pac-12 action, kick off the second half of their conference schedule by hosting UCLA and USC. UW started both the 2009 & 2011 seasons 7-2 in conference action before losing its next game. The last time UW started 8-2 was 2005 when they jumped out of the gate 10-2. UW has won three-straight games, six of seven, and nine of 11. Thursday's game vs. UCLA marks the 500th that Lorenzo Romar
has coached during his 16-year career. The school will also mark the night as a return to the 70's.
ESPN will televise the 6:00 p.m. contest with Dave Pasch and Dan Dakich calling the action from Alaska Airlines Arena. Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton will provide home radio coverage on KJR 950 AM & 102.9 FM and the Washington IMG College Sports Network throughout the Pacific Northwest. UW Director of Writing Gregg Bell will also host an exclusive LIVE chat on GoHuskies.com.
Washington has won the last three games between the two teams, which matches a similar run UW had during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. If the Huskies are to win on Thursday, they will have won four-straight games in the series for the first time since UW had a run of five in a row at the very inception of the series. The Huskies beat the Bruins in 1937 and would have to wait until 1951 before facing UCLA again. The Dawgs won two games that year and followed up with two more wins in 1952 before losing to UCLA in the first of three 1952 Pacific Coast Championship games. Overall, UW is 31-31 all-time at home vs. UCLA but trails the series 39-91 all-time. Last year the Huskies swept UCLA, 74-63 in LA and 70-63 in Seattle. UW has won seven-straight in Seattle against the Bruins, with their last victory coming in 2004. Lorenzo Romar is 10-9 all-time against UCLA, while Ben Howland is 7-10 against the Huskies.
UCLA is currently tied for fifth at 5-4 in Pac-12 action and is 12-9 overall. UCLA has won five of its last seven, and 10 of its last 14 games ... Senior Lazeric Jones leads the Bruins with 13.4 ppg and has a team high 96 assists. He ranks 13th in the conference in scoring and is fifth with 4.6 assists per game ... Sophomore North Carolina transfers David and Travis Wear add a dual threat in the paint averaging 6.2 and 5.0 rebounds, respectively. David ranks 10th in the conference in rebounding, while Travis is 21st in scoring at 12.0 ppg. David is the third, and only other, Bruins player averaging double figure scoring at 10 ppg ... Head coach Ben Howland is in his ninth season with UCLA and took the Bruins to three-straight Final Four appearances from 2006-2008. He is 201-92 during his tenure at UCLA ... This year UCLA is 1-6 on road games, only beating USC 66-47 in January.
Last Time Out Vs. UCLA (3/3/11)
AP - C.J. Wilcox awakened UW's slumbering offense, scoring all of his career-high 24 points in the second half, and Washington overcame an off night from leading scorer Isaiah Thomas to beat UCLA 70-63. Wilcox went to halftime scoreless, then carried the Huskies in the final 20 minutes. He hit his first two shots to start the second half and made 7 of 8 total in the second half, including four 3-pointers. Wilcox's 3-pointer with 4:55 left pulled Washington within 53-52 and was the start of a deciding seven-point blitz. Scott Suggs added a jumper in the lane, and Thomas tipped in his own miss with 3:35 left for a 56-53 lead. He missed his first nine shots. UCLA's Jerime Anderson tried to match Wilcox, hitting four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, all in the second half. As if Wilcox needed a capper to his night, he added a fall-away 19-footer while being fouled and with one second on the shot clock. The three-point play with 2:38 left gave the Huskies a six-point lead, and Thomas' breakaway layup moments later pushed the lead to 61-53. Thomas finished with nine points and UW swept the Bruins for just the third time in school history.
Last Time Out At Arizona (1/28/12)
AP - Tony Wroten scored 17 points and blocked Josiah Turner's layup at the buzzer to help Washington hold off Arizona for a 69-67 win on Saturday night. Washington (14-7, 7-2 Pac-12) led by 11 with just under 6 minutes left before Arizona charged back. The Wildcats tied it at 67-all on Solomon Hill's 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left, but Turner was called for a blocking foul. After C.J. Wilcox hit both free throws, Turner appeared to have an open lane to the basket, but Wroten tracked him down and swatted the ball off the backboard from behind. Terrence Ross had 16 points and Wilcox finished with 15 in his second game back from a hip injury for the Huskies. Hill had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Jesse Perry added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona.
Did You Know ... ???
Lorenzo Romar will become the fifth current Pac-12 head man to coach in 500 games during his career? Mike Montgomery (914), Dana Altman (710), Herb Sendek (596) and Ben Howland (560) have each already coached in more than 500 contests.