FROM LAS VEGAS -- Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar met with reporters for a few minutes prior to his team's designated gym time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and said again that senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. is questionable for Wednesday's first-round game against Stanford (8:40 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
Romar said Kemp "did some light, light jogging today, and some shooting for the first time in a couple of weeks. So we’ll see tomorrow if he’s even better. I’d be shocked – Jernard (Jarreau) came back for the first time and played 28 minutes. There’s no way Shawn, I don’t think, can play 28 minutes, being out for two weeks. But hopefully he can get in there and contribute a little bit.”
Romar said freshman guard Donaven Dorsey, who has recently battled turf toe, "will be fine," and should be available to play.
Here's everything else Romar said.
(Does adding another player into the lineup make it difficult to adjust?) “Not in terms of what Shawn brings to the table, because what he does can actually help a little bit because he can provide maybe a little offense down low. But nothing really changes with what we’re doing when he’s in there, a whole lot, except like I said, maybe on the offensive end it can help a little bit. He won’t be disruptive.”
(On the impact of the win over Utah) “It didn’t hurt, I can just tell you that. It was good. And it was something that you’re excited about, but you kind of wish it happened four weeks ago. But better late than never, great timing going into Pac-12 tournament.”
(On out-rebounding Utah 17-4 in the second half) “I think our guards did a good job of going back and rebounding. There was not one guy that brought down 12 rebounds. There was four, six, six, four, a lot of people contributing. So that made a difference.”
(Do you expect this to be a different kind of game than the last time you played Stanford?) “I’m not quite sure what to think, because I said yesterday, or a couple days ago, it was a seven-point game with a minute left in the half in that game against Stanford, and then we turned the ball over quickly to end the half, and then they were up 12. And at that point, for whatever reason, we became deflated. It was like the air was let out of the room at that point. So maybe it had to do with the quick turnaround, we’re going in, and what had just happened that soon. But I thought we were right there in the first half. It didn’t really affect us as much, I didn’t think, in the first half. I don’t know what to think tomorrow. I just know that we’re going to go in there and I think our confidence will be a lot better than it was two weeks ago.”
(On if win against Utah makes you think a deep run is possible) “It would be interesting for me to ask our guys that. I don’t think they would tell me anything different than they expect to make a deep run. But the reason I say I would like to ask is because I don’t know our guys are looking at the big picture deep run as much as – and this is not coach speak – we got to beat Stanford. And I really think our guys probably are looking at that. But the win against Utah I think helped with our guys to believe you know we were winning before and when we get everybody back healthy, now we’re missing maybe one guy from when we were really winning before we know what to do. We were able to do it today let’s go. Let’s go see what happens."
(On being familiar at MGM after playing regular-season game here) “Yeah I do. Played a game here and a lot of these guys were on the team last year when we came here. So I think this place we’re very familiar with."
(On scheduling regular season at MGM helping with familiar feel) “I don’t think we sought out a game to play here to prepare us. But since it was happening we thought it would be a good thing to be involved with.”
(More on Dorsey) “He would change things a little bit because where he would play he would have to be, Jernard doesn’t make many mistakes. And you would want that same thing to happen with Donaven. If he comes in, he’s focused, he’s dialed in, locked in, then you don’t have to change a lot.”
(On state of college basketball and recent bad news) “Over the years stuff like that happens every now and then. It happens to some of the top programs. It happened with Michigan with the Fab Five stuff and all that. I just think it’s never good timing for it. But I just think over the years these things unfortunately are a part of what goes on.”
(On if possible to run a top tier program without breaking the rules) “I believe it is. To me that’s the fun challenge to try to do it the right way.”