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After three years at Saint Louis University, new UW head coach Lorenzo Romar returns to the West Coast, this time at a Pac-10 school instead of a WCC school. He brings a considerable amount of talent with him.
When Romar was head coach at WCC power Pepperdine, his Waves went 0-3 in The Kennel. He'll be looking to change that on Monday, 7:00 PST.
With a close loss at home against Montana State and a 21-point drubbing by UNLV behind them, look for the Huskies to start gelling at any time. There's just too much athletic ability on this team not to.
6'7" Doug Wrenn in the star of Washington. He is a do-everything player who is fully capable of playing three positions and scoring huge numbers on any given night. His take-charge attitude and future NBA ability allow him to score in a variety of ways, inside and outside. If Gonzaga needs to limit one Husky player, it's Wrenn.
But don't overlook guards Will Conroy, Curtis Allen and CJ Massingale. All are quick, bouncy players who can shoot long-range or penetrate and dish. All three can put 20 on the scoreboard if they get hot.
And the post players to whom the guards will be assisting are more impressive than in the last few years. First, 6'9" Jeffrey Day is a terrific shot-blocker with a long, athletic frame. 6'8" Mike Jensen is perhaps the most overall talented big in the Husky stable. After not playing since high school, due to a shoulder injury, Jensen is still working out the rust but will bust out someday soon. 6'10" Anthony Washington provides the beef inside and his presence is formidable.
Joining Wrenn on the wing is freshman Bobby Jones, a 6'6" defensive specialist with a promising future.
UW has struggled shooting thus far and Gonzaga must try to continue this trend by playing active, aggressive defense, forcing contested outside shots. The Zags must reassert themselves in the paint after not doing so in Maui. Gonzaga has learned from their Maui experience that a better, more consistent and balanced inside-outside game is needed if the Zags are to excell, beginning with the Huskies.