Coach Lorenzo Romar announced this afternoon that starting guard Scott Suggs is expected to be out for about two weeks with an MCL strain suffered last night at Arizona State.
Senior Venoy Overton will start in Suggs' place tomorrow at Arizona.
Romar said Overton's experience in big games and tough arenas like McKale Center is one of the reasons he was chosen for the start over freshmen C.J. Wilcox or Terrence Ross.
"We’re on the road. Experience. He’s been in this situation before," Romar said. "And he’s playing well. ... In this game we don’t take a step back. In some ways it might even make us better. If it was a different game – different scenario – we might go with somebody else. … C.J. is playing really well. Terrence Ross is arguably our most talented player. So (in different circumstances) we could have someone else in there."
Meanwhile, Arizona coach Sean Miller said something similar.
"Sometimes when a guy gets hurt in one game – in a short turnaround – you don’t notice it as much because human nature on a team setting is someone else fills the role and has a bigger role, a great game, the affects aren’t felt," he said. "But if I’m in Lorenzo Romar’s shoes I’d probably feel that’s a tough loss. He’s a great shooter, his percentage. Part of what makes Washington what they are is great depth, but they’ve also got a number of guys who can score coming off the bench, make 3’s, change the game – very similar to what we do."
Miller also said Romar didn't give him any particular advantage by publicly naming his replacement starter in advance.
"I don’t think that’s a big deal because they play their bench, we play our bench," Miller said this afternoon. "It’s not as if we have an ironclad five. Both of us really do it in many regards with marquee players who start the game, but also a number of guys who contribute off of the bench."
Romar said Suggs also is expected to miss next week's games against Seattle U. and WSU. He couldn't predict about Suggs' availability for USC and UCLA the following weekend, but does expect him back for the Pac-10 tournament starting March 9 in Los Angeles.