The Pac-12 scoring leader sprained his ankle and was held to a season-low nine points in Thursday's 99-67 loss at No. 18 Arizona. After a little rest, he's expected to return for the Arizona State game.
Andrew Andrews didn’t practice Friday to rest a right ankle he tweaked late in the first half of Thursday’s 99-67 loss at No. 18 Arizona.
The Huskies are hoping a day off will help the Pac-12 scoring leader get as close to possible as 100 percent before Saturday’s 4 p.m. game against Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena.
“If we played a game (today), he probably would have been hobbling,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “He probably would have been able to go, but he wouldn’t have been 100 percent. Another 24 hours and he’ll be a lot better.”
The Huskies (11-5, 3-1 in Pac-12) need a healthy Andrews if they’re going to bounce back from their worst loss of the season – a 32-point drubbing.
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“This will be another one of those firsts for us – in league and trying to still get the split,” Romar said. “Bouncing back after the first loss and how they just totally, totally took it to us in the second half. To be able to recover from that and come out and be ready to go, it’s going to be a challenge for us. But our guys have answered the bell a lot of times.”
Here’s a transcript from today’s interview with Romar after the team practiced at ASU’s Weatherup Center.
(On what UW did today) “We did a lot of technical stuff. We watched film, but mentally you could tell our guys were focused today. Obviously our guys didn’t seem very cocky today, but on the flip side we didn’t seem depressed either. I think we understood we got it handed to us last night and we got to bounce back. If we come down here and go back home with a split, (then) we can still say it was a successful trip.”
(On lessons learned at Arizona) “What we’ve done in the past is for 40 minutes, pretty much try to play hard. And last night was the first time we got distracted. Whether you call it the road or whatever it was we got distracted. We just began to break in every conceivable aspect on the defensive end.
(On not pressing Arizona) “That was one of the things we were supposed to pick up, but in the second half. Well, a couple of things happened. Without getting into how to beat our press, they had a different alignment than normal and we didn’t adjust to it. We kept talking and talking about it, but we hadn’t practiced it as much and it was hard for our guys to adjust on the fly because we kept forgetting. But in the second half, we didn’t make enough baskets to get into picking up full court. And overall our transition defense was really, really bad. If you heard me talk before about there’s little things, especially when you go on the road where you know your team right now is a little distracted. For instance, there’s a designated guy that’s supposed to take the ball out. All of a sudden he’s not taking it. He forgets. If he’s forgetting that, then we’re forgetting other things. That’s what began to happen more and more and more last night. But our defensive transition was very poor.”
(On UW being best when it’s a frenetic pace) “I would think so. At this stage of this team’s development I would say that is probably accurate. What we keep telling our team is – and this is what I meant when I said the statement unless we get better, the other wins were fool’s gold. They weren’t fool’s gold. We won those games regardless of if we were down 22 or whatever happened in overtime. We still had to take those games and we did it. We played good enough to win, but in order to continue to win at that level we have to get better or else what we did was fool’s good. We’re not at that point yet to where it’s not at a frenetic pace so we do have to move the ball back and forth. We do have to continue to sustain our mental focus the entire time. Those are things that we have to get better at that totally exposed us last night against a team that was very, very hungry. They were on a mission. They won 47 at home. They felt real comfortable out there. The question was asked: ‘Do you feel like maybe you guys weren’t ready to go?’ No. They got up on us 8-2 and after that we ended up taking the lead. We were up 3 or 4 with just a few minutes left in the half. I thought our guys did a fantastic job in the first half. But in the second half, is when we began to falter. Whether it was foul trouble or whatever it was, we just weren’t right in the second half.”
(On if that was the most zone UW played) “Yes.”
(On how UW’s zone fared) “I thought our guys did a good job in the zone. Yeah. They got to where they started hitting things and hitting shots (so) it didn’t matter what we were in. But I thought in the first half especially the zone sustained us a little bit with foul trouble.”
(On being more willing to use the zone in the future) “Oh yeah definitely. Our guys have got game reps in it. Game reps.”
(On Arizona’s zone) “They never do it. We were a little bit surprised that they did it. We came down and the first time we turned it over. The second time we hit a 3. We were fine against it, we just didn’t anticipate them going zone.”
(On if the scouting report says to zone UW) “With the exception of Arizona, that’s the first time people that don’t zone zoned us. I always say teams that zone zone. Well, you guys are going to get zoned a lot. You’re right, if the next five teams we play play zone all the time, (then) we will get zoned. But if the next five teams play man, we probably still going to get man and that’s what’s been the case. But last night was a little different. I don’t know. I thought our guys were running pretty good offense last night too. You can look at it as that was their scout. But maybe they felt in order to guard us and slow us down, they needed to go zone which was – I think – would be a compliment to our guys.”
(On ASU) “Dangerous. They’re very scrappy. Tra Holder has the ball in his hands. He creates quite a bit. He’s very aggressive. He’s an assassin. They’ve very quick and they’re very athletic.”
(On ASU without Herb Sendek) “It’s different. But before Herb there was Rob Evans. The biggest when I say now that’s different is when Lute (Olson) was not coaching on Arizona’s sidelines. Since we’ve been here and before we were here Lute was there a lot. But Herb was there a long time. No doubt about it. But is now the third coach (at ASU) since we’ve been here in the league.”
(On ASU new coach Bobby Hurley) “At times you do. This group played hard. I know how intense Bobby Hurley was. They’re not going to quit. They came back against USC also and had a chance to win that game.”
(On Andrew Andrews) “We’re pretty sure he’ll play tomorrow.”
(On Andrews practicing) “We held him out. If we played a game (today), he probably would have been hobbling. He probably would have been able to go, but he wouldn’t have been 100 percent. Another 24 hours and he’ll be a lot better.”
(On if Arizona did anything in particular to shutdown Andrews) “That was our lowest in terms of going to the foul line and Andrews only went to the foul line four times. So he wasn’t getting fouled like he normally is. And they were really, really packing it in. Really packing it in. And they had the big bodies around the rim, which made it a little bit more difficult. We couldn’t make shots. And it didn’t open it up for anyone. I think it’s the first game in a long time that he hadn’t made a 3. I think. They did a good job of just packing it in there.”
(On bouncing back and if blowout defeat to Gonzaga loss is experience) “I certainly hope so. It was Gonzaga and then it was Charlotte the next day. Arizona State – this is a true road game – whereas the other was a neutral site. Arizona State is a better team than Charlotte so that makes it even more difficult. But we’re a better team now then when we played against Gonzaga too. This will be another one of those firsts for us – in league and trying to still get the split. Bouncing back after the first loss and how they just totally, totally took it to us in the second half. To be able to recover from that and come out and be ready to go, it’s going to be a challenge for us. But our guys have answered the bell a lot of times.”