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Highlights from Romar's press conference

Here are some highlights from UW coach Lorenzo Romar's final local media availability before heading off to Charlotte, N.C., tomorrow:

*Declined comment on the departure of UW women's coach Tia Jackson, who according to the university, resigned today.

* Says Georgia reminds him a bit of USC, with tough defense and two effective bigs down low.

* Says Pac-10 tournament win should add confidence in this coming tournament, too.

* Says lack of five regular starters is unique to him this late in the season -- even though the second half of conference. "For now we're just kind of looking at matchups," he said.

* Says he expects a pro-Georgia crowd due to the proximity between Athens and Charlotte.

* Says those three games in three nights in LA was more of a mental strain than physical strain -- other than for Isaiah Thomas, who played 123 of the 125 minutes.

* Says team will practice Tuesday morning and then fly out tomorrow due to the three time-zone swap. However, he notices that the 9:45 p.m. Eastern time start is a pretty normal 6:45 p.m. Pacific time.

* Says Isaiah Thomas should probably investigate the decision of moving to the NBA after this season, however he said he hasn't discussed actual leaving or staying with Thomas.

* Praises contributions of Justin Holiday even though his shots aren't dropping.

* Says that by providing size for the NCAA tournament, this is where Aziz N'Diaye really "starts to earn his scholarship." However, he also cautions that that doesn't mean N'Diaye will start.

* Says Huskies mostly finishing with finals ahead of leaving for this trip, although a couple may need to finish their finals on the road.

* Although Georgia hasn't been in the NCAA tournament as recently or regularly as UW, he believes the Bulldogs have enough experience in big games and the SEC tournament where there might not be any real advantage to his team.

* Says it's useful to be playing Friday rather than Thursday due to the emotional high of the Pac-10 tournament and the long travel day to the east coast.