|Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar (AP)|
Washington Scouting Report
|5-9 Nate Robinson has 40" vertical (AP)|
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar: Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, Romar is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history. His inaugural Washington campaign concluded with a 10-17 record. UW placed ninth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 mark. The youthful Husky roster included only one senior and six freshmen. Romar's all-Time record is 116-114.
Probable Starting 5: G – #3 Brandon Roy (So 6-6 180), 13.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.2 apg...G – #5 Will Conroy (Jr 6-2 180), 12.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg 4.6 bpg... G – #2 Nate Robinson (So 5-9 180), 12.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg... F – #15 Bobby Jones (So 6-6 200), 10.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg... F – #42 Mike Jenson (So 6-8 240), 7.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg.
Washington's Top Gun: High-flying Nate Robinson raised his game to a higher level during Pac-10 play. He won the Feb. 2 Pac-10 Player of the Week award after leading UW to a home sweep of the Arizona schools. Robinson poured in a career-high 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added five rebounds and five steals during UW's 96-83 upset of ninth-ranked Arizona (Jan. 29). The 5-9 guard leads UW with a 15.0-point scoring average in conference games, an increase of 7.9 points from his average of 7.1 points against non-conference competition. Robinson tallied double-figure points in 11 of 14 Pac-10 games after posting only two double-digit efforts in eight non-conference outings. Robinson tallied 23 of his 25 points after halftime at Oregon State (Jan. 17), including a 3-pointer inside the final second that forced overtime in UW's 103-99 win. He ranks fourth among Pac-10 players in steals (40), fifth in free throw percentage (84.6%), 10th in 3-point percentage (37.0%) and 19th in scoring (12.2).
How to Turn Around a Season: The pivotal point in Washington's season came Jan. 17 in Corvallis, Ore. The Huskies were 0-5 in Pac-10 play and trailed Oregon State 70-54 with six minutes remaining. They rallied with Nate Robinson hitting a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and won 103-99 in overtime. That ignited a string of five consecutive victories that ended Feb. 7 at UCLA. The five-game winning streak was the longest for the Huskies since 1999.
Washington vs. The ACC: The Huskies have a 5-11 all-time record against current Atlantic Coast Conference members: Clemson (2-0), Duke (1-3), Florida State (1-1), Georgia Tech (1-2), North Carolina (0-1), Virginia (0-1), Wake Forest (0-3).
Shooting Straight: When the Huskies shoot well, they usually win. The opposite is also true. Washington has a 10-0 record when its field goal percentage it superior or equal to its opponent and is 3-9 when being out shot. UW shot 50 percent or higher in seven of its last nine games and just three times in the first 13 games.
Key Match-Up:Scooter Sherrill vs. Nate Robinson: The engine that makes Washington run is 5-9 Sophomore guard Nate Robinson. Robinson proved he can score against the best when he had 31 in helping to beat Arizona in January. His 40" vertical leap is a legend on the west coast, nad Robinson will be looking to bring his athletic game to Raleigh. Scooter Sherrill will probably get the call to "D" up the Huskie guard on Sunday. Scooter will try to keep Nate's game in front of him. If "Nate the Great" can penetrate the Pack's defense, it will open up the Huskie's other potent options. Slow down Robinson and NC State will win their 13th in a row at the RBC.
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Oregon fans heckle Washington's Nate Robinson during warmups at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, with cutouts of actor Gary Coleman in apparent reference to Robinson's height. Robinson, a guard for the Huskies, is listed as 5 feet, 9 inches in the media guide. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|1||Tre Simmons||G||6-5||195||JR||Seattle, Wash. (Garfield/Green River CC)|
|2||Nate Robinson||G||5-9||180||SO||Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach)|
|3||Brandon Roy||G||6-6||200||SO||Seattle, Wash. (Garfield)|
|4||Hakeem Rollins||C/F||6-7||200||JR||Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa/Mesa JC)|
|5||Will Conroy||G||6-2||190||JR||Seattle, Wash. (Garfield)|
|11||Brandon Burmeister||G||6-4||190||FR||Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island)|
|20||Curtis Allen||G||6-0||170||SR||Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson)|
|21||Matt Fletcher||G||6-7||220||JR||Maize, Kan. (Maize/Butler County CC/Ouachita Baptist)|
|22||Hans Gasser||F||6-9||229||FR||Issaquah, Wash. (Issaquah)|
|24||Jamaal Williams||F||6-6||225||JR||Corona, Calif. (Centennial/New Mexico)|
|30||Anthony Washington||C||6-9||245||SO||Seattle, Wash. (Garfield)|
|32||Zane Potter||F||6-6||185||SO||Boring, Ore. (Sam Barlow)|
|42||Mike Jenson||F||6-8||240||SO||Covington, Wash. (Kentwood)|
|52||Alex Johnson||G||6-3||185||JR||Bellevue, Wash. (Eastside Catholic/Bellevue CC)|
*Thanks to GoHuskies.com for much of the information in this preview.