Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar met with the media on Tuesday has had an opportunity to speak about the Arizona Wildcats.
Obviously the UA has been a bit different this year with no Lute Olson and one of the biggest differences has been on the offensive and defensive approaches.
Romar says that he has noticed a major change on both sides of the ball from when Olson was the coach.
"Under Coach Olson they were much more in attack mode and now they're probably more conservative," he said. "Defensively, obviously when Coach Olson was there they played some zone last year. They changed up quite a bit more. They play man to man more."
In addition to noticing the differences, Romar says that he has also been able to see what Arizona's biggest weakness has been this season.
"Several teams in our league don't have a deep rotation, they don't really deep into their bench," he said. "Arizona was like that last year where they didn't have a deep bench."
Like Arizona, UW has gone through some changes as well. One of the biggest ones is the fact that the guards have been more aggressive.
"If you look at our guards, last year versus this year with Isaiah Thomas and you look at the difference," he said. "I would bet you he's taken more foul shots - take Justin Dentmon away - I bet you he's taken more than the rest of our guards combined last year."
In addition to his own guards, Romar has been impressed with one of Arizona's.
"I've always been impressed with Nic Wise in terms of his ability to be a winner," he said. "He's a real winner. He does whatever it takes to win. He can go down and shut down another team's really good player. He can hit the big shot when he needs to. He just lives in the paint. He's a great penetrator. He's an outstanding point guard."
With that being said, Romar is aware that the Wildcats will pose a major challenge.
"We're playing some tough, tough teams," he said. "I don't care what Arizona's record is. Arizona is good, good basketball team. We watched them against Kansas and Gonzaga earlier and they looked outstanding. We don't have an easy road ahead of us. I'm not going to tell y'all no problem at all. This is going to be tough. We could come back in two weeks and be 6-5."
Romar ready for Arizona
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