Romar on UW's four-game losing streak to the Wildcats: 'The last few years we've been outclassed. We weren't at their level.'
There was a time not so long ago when a Washington-Arizona men’s basketball game was must-see viewing.
The Pac-12 combatants combined to create some memorable moments during a four-year stint (2008-12) and the Huskies came out on top most times. They won 7 of 11 games during those years.
But lately, Arizona has dominated the series winning the past four games. Not including a 57-53 victory on Jan. 31, 2013, Arizona has outscored UW by an average of 17 points. Last year, Arizona ran away with an 86-62 rout at Alaska Airlines Arena
“They’ve been better,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “The last few years Arizona has been one of the top teams in America. The last few years we’ve been outclassed. We weren’t at their level the last few years.”
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The 18th-ranked Wildcats are one of the top teams in the Pac-12 again – they were picked to win the conference – but they’re a little vulnerable heading into Thursday’s game against Washington.
Coach Sean Miller has grumbled about Arizona’s lackluster defense. And the Wildcats lost leading scorer Allonzo Trier, their star freshman guard and Seattle native, for 4-6 weeks due to a broken hand.
Romar fondly remembers the first time the Huskies won at the McKale Center during his tenure. In 2004, Washington won 89-84 at Arizona giving UW a season sweep of the Wildcats for the first time since 1984.
“That gave our guys a lot of confidence because of the respect that our guys have for the Arizona program,” he said.
During today’s interview, Romar also touched on Dejounte Murray, not being over confident despite a 3-0 Pac-12 start, UW’s seven-man rotation and Andrew Andrews. Romar believes the UW senior guard is the Pac-12 midseason MVP.
“He’s having quite a season so far and we’re at the halfway point,” Romar said of Andrews. “It’s not a fluke. It’s kind of what he is at this point. I couldn’t be more proud of him. I tell you that.