The UW men's basketball team returns to Pac-12 place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Oregon State. Coach Lorenzo Romar speaks here about defense being the key against the defensive Beavers.
Here's more of what Romar had to say:
On the loss to Oregon: We did a lot of good things. Not enough to win the ball game, though. They’re a team that can get out and really burn you in transition. I thought we did a good job of limiting their production in terms of transition baskets. I thought we did a good job offensively: shot the ball well, but moreso in the paint. I was pleased with how many we scored in the paint with our guards able to get in the lane and make layups.
On opponents shooting over 50% over the four-game losing steak: We’ve got to keep people in front of us. That’s easier said that done, but that’s what we have to do. We have to have maximum concentration when we’re in front of the basketball. Sometimes we close out and we don’t have a great angle when we close out; they drive around us. We have to do a better job containing the ball screen. Sometimes in our swicches we don’t switch quick enough, and those are allowing teams to get to the rim on us more than we should.That was more vs. cal, Oregon I thought we improved) We didn’t win the ball game, but we made improvements no doubt against Oregon: from Stanford to Cal to Oregon we definitely made some improvements. So we have to conintue to try to make those improvements, make progress.
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On Oregon State not being an offensive juggernaut: Cal hadn’t been either in their recent games. We did a very poor job against them, and they became better that night. We can’t let that happen aginat Oregon State. Wherever they are offensively, we can’t allow them to hae their biggest offensive output against us all of a sudden. We’ve got to guard and we’ve got to stay in front of them and do all the things necessary to have a good offensive outing. It’s so crazy: Earlier in the year at times we were having trouble scoring, and we were a lot better defensively and we were able to get through. Now we’re not as good defensively and we’ve been scoring. … Oregon State obviously plays some stingy defense. So we’re going to have to find ways to put the ball in the basket, as well as not letting them go and score more points than they’ve score recently.
On the Beavers' defense: They don’t gamble. They’re disciplined, yet with Gary Payton II out there, he’s pretty good at getting steals and turnovers. Those guys are in position. They almost wait for you to make a mistake, and then they pounce on it when it happens, and that’s kind of how they get turnovers. After a while you can get antsy and grow impatiwent not getting in the paint because they’re packing it in in that zone. You can tend to force things. They change their defenses. It’s zone and they give you a basic look, but they can adjust and give you different looks within it. Sometimes that can get teams to think; sometimes when you think you’re not playing basketball and consequently you turn the ball over.