SEATTLE — Upon reflection, Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar still doesn’t find much positive about the game his Huskies played at California on Jan. 15.
That 82-56 loss in Berkeley wasn’t pretty then, and it doesn’t look much better in retrospect.
“No one got hurt,” Romar said Friday, one day ahead of UW’s rematch with the Golden Bears at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. “That would probably be it. It wasn’t a very positive night for the Huskies.”
But Romar accurately notes that this is “a different game, different time,” as Cal visits UW at noon Saturday. It also will be played in a different location — at Hec Ed, where the Huskies haven’t lost to a Pac-12 Conference opponent this season and have mostly looked like an entirely different team than the one that almost always loses on the road.
So, no, Romar said, he doesn’t think his players are affected in any particular psychological fashion by the 26-point whupping the Bears (16-8, 7-4 Pac-12) applied last month at Haas Pavilion. Just like Colorado didn’t seem all that shaken by a 17-point road loss to UW. The Buffaloes won the rematch in Boulder last weekend by 26 points. And Stanford, which defeated the Huskies by 12 at home, lost a 64-60 decision Wednesday at Hec Ed.
“We’ve been in positions like this on both ends, where we have beaten a team pretty convincingly and the next time it’s a different story, and vice versa,” Romar said. “So psychologically, every team takes it different.”
The Huskies (14-11, 6-6) likely are more concerned about matching up with Cal’s lengthy, athletic frontcourt tandem of Richard Solomon and David Kravish, who had their way with UW in the first meeting.
Solomon and Kravish combined for 24 points, 23 rebounds and five blocked shots — four by Kravish — and held the Huskies to 26 points in the paint.
“For whatever reason, that night we were avoiding contact,” Romar said. “We weren’t as aggressive for whatever reason. I don’t think Cal’s front line is any bigger than Stanford’s front line, or Arizona’s front line, or Jordan Bachynski at Arizona State.
“For whatever reason, we didn’t attack like we usually attack. Give them a lot of credit. I thought David Kravish was very aggressive on the defensive end. ... Him and Richard Solomon just seemed to be all over the place.”
Romar said he won’t make any changes to the starting lineup, despite yielding positive results by mixing up the rotation in Wednesday’s victory over Stanford. Starting guard Andrew Andrews played five minutes — none in the second half — while Romar stuck mostly with a core group of guards in Nigel Williams-Goss, C.J. Wilcox and Mike Anderson, and forwards Desmond Simmons and Perris Blackwell.
The aforementioned five players should see plenty of minutes together on the court. Andrews, who has made 4 of 26 field-goal attempts over his past three games, will start again Saturday, Romar said.
Andrews, a sophomore, handled his time on the bench about as well as could be expected, Romar said, noting that he supported his teammates and continued to communicate with the coaching staff throughout the second half.
Romar said the expectation for Saturday is that he’ll “bounce back and be relentless, and come out and play well.”
After what happened in Berkeley, that’s a fine mission for the rest of the team, too.
Asked to name four players he would include on a Mount Rushmore of UW basketball, Romar listed Brandon Roy, Bob Houbregs and Detlef Schrempf. He couldn’t decide on a fourth. ... Romar said Williams-Goss, who has been nursing a hip ailment, is still sore but will play through it. “It was really getting better to where it was almost a thing of the past,” Romar said. “Then he got hit in that (Stanford) game. ... He’ll be OK. He’ll just be sore.” ... Of Williams-Goss and his credentials as a Pac-12 Freshman of the Year candidate (13.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apg), Romar said: “I think he has to be in the discussion. What he’s done for us as a freshman, he has to be in the discussion.”
CALIFORNIA (16-8, 7-4 PAC-12) AT WASHINGTON (14-11, 6-6)
NOON, HEC EDMUNDSON PAVILION, SEATTLE
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: California leads, 79-78.
Name Pos. Ht. PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
Justin Cobbs G6-316.32.86.047.080.4
Richard Solomon F 6-10 11.5 10.5 1.2 57.1 50.9
David Kravish F 6-9 11.8 7.5 1.053.878.4
Name Pos. Ht. PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
Nigel Williams-GossG 6-3 13.4 4.4 4.0 46.6 70.6
Andrew Andrews G 6-2 11.5 3.4 2.6 35.4 77.8
C.J. Wilcox G 6-5 19.2 4.0 2.5 46.0 86.6
Desmond Simmons F6-7 4.4 3.9 0.5 45.5 75.0
Perris Blackwell F 6-9 10.2 6.7 1.0 51.6 64.2
Scouting report: Cal has come down to earth a bit since its Jan. 15 victory over Washington. The Golden Bears finished that weekend by beating Washington State, and held a 5-0 Pac-12 Conference record. But they lost their next three games, snapping that skid by beating then-No. 1 Arizona. ... Justin Cobbs will almost certainly be named to the All-Pac-12 team, and has been particularly impressive when knocking down big shots late in games. ... Cal regained the services of junior guard Ricky Kreklow last week after he missed 11 games with a hand injury. He played nine minutes in his first game back against Stanford, then started and played 23 minutes on Wednesday against WSU. ... Richard Solomon is not only the lone Pac-12 player averaging a double-double per game this season, but he’s also the only player in the conference who is averaging a double-digit rebound total (10.5). He had 12 against UW the first time these teams played on Jan. 15.christian.caple@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports firstname.lastname@example.org