With the UW's Pac-10 season beginning and ending against the LA schools, it seems a decent test of how much improvement has been made over the year. UW swept on the road in December, but now it's UCLA and USC who seem to be coming on strong.
Coach Lorenzo Romar was candid today when asked how his team has progressed over the Pac-10 season.
"Not very well," he said. "I don’t think we have progressed nearly as well as we’ve needed to. Case in point, at the beginning of the year when we were 4-0 – maybe even at 7-1 – we talked about ‘We can’t remain stagnant. We’re doing well right now but teams are going to get better as the season progresses. We have to make sure that we get better.’ And I don’t think that we have improved as much as we should have."
He was asked if the LA schools are teams that have improved since then.
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"No question," he said. "No doubt about it."
Romar isn't alone in that belief. The two Pac-10 coaches who faced UCLA last week certainly came away impressed. Speaking at the weekly Pac-10 coaches conference call this morning, Arizona State’s Herb Sendek said the Bruins are “playing as well as most anybody right now in the country,” and Arizona’s Sean Miller said “UCLA is playing the best basketball of their season.”