Oops... he did it again!

He's done this before. Defeat the No. 1 team in the nation, that is. Washington's head coach is no stranger to the task. On February 22, 1979, junior point guard Lorenzo Romar helped lead the Huskies to a thrilling 69-68 victory over No. 1 UCLA in Seattle. Romar had 10 points and six dishes in that contest.

Now 25 years later, Romar the head coach did it again as he guided his team from the sidelines with a 75-62 upset victory over No. 1 and previously undefeated Stanford in front of an over-sold 10,086 fans at Bank of America Arena. A jubilant Romar met with the media in the Husky afterwards to give his thoughts.

This wasn't Romar's first victory over the top-ranked team in the nation. When he was the head coach at St. Louis, Romar's Billikens defeated top-ranked Cincinnati to get into the NCAA Tournament. Romar hoped that this victory on Saturday will pay the same dividends.

"I thought about that before the game," said Romar, "and thought it would be great if we could knock off the No. 1 team and get to the tournament again as a result. It's awfully exciting to be in this position."

According to Romar, the key to the Huskies victory was the team defense. For the second straight game, Romar praised his team's defensive efforts as the key to the victory.

"I thought we played solid defense," he said. "I thought we put a string of back-to-back defensive games together that have been better than how we played all year and that really excites me."

Washington forced Stanford to give the ball up numerous times, a whopping 13 times in the first half when the Huskies raced out in front. The Cardinal also felt the wrath of the Washington pressure defense with numerous forced shots. Most of the Cardinal big guns were kept silent.

"What I've been saying about Stanford is that they don't turn the ball over and they don't take bad shots," said Romar. "Tonight, they surprisingly turned the ball over more than usual."

To start the second half however, the Cardinal came out fired up and turned things around. Stanford's defense kept the Washington absolutely silent for nearly six minutes before Tre Simmons came in and hit some threes to get the offense going again.

"They changed to a different zone," said Romar of Stanford's initial defensive scheme. "It caught us off guard for a second and obviously Tre hit some bombs and got our confidence going again."

"Tre has been playing phenomenal basketball. He hasn't scored 50 yet like he did in junior college, but as he reminds me, if I left him in there long enough, he might. It's tempting," he said with a smile.

It was how the Huskies handled the offensive drought that also impressed Romar. Instead of going into panic mode, the Huskies kept their focus and did not let the hard-charging Cardinal to take them out of their game. To Romar, it just means that his boys are showing signs of maturity.

"When it just seemed like we lost our hits, we didn't fold," he said. "We didn't get rattled after that little exchange. We came back and played and I'm really proud of that because that means we've grown up."

The Huskies also did a fine job in keeping Stanford's Josh Childress quiet for most of the game. Childress, who was named a first team All-American by the AP on Friday, got into foul trouble early and had to earn his shots due to a pesky Husky defender.

"When you coach," started Romar, "You have certain players on your roster that no matter who you are playing against, this person will do a decent job and for us that is Bobby Jones. There was no strategy other than, 'Bobby, you have to stay with him.' We still didn't stop him. He got into foul trouble and he got loose in the second half and started hitting three-point shots. Josh is a pro. He's a good, good basketball player and you're not going to be holding him down very long."

However to Romar, there is nothing more rewarding than watching his players be rewarded for a job well done. He got to experience it for himself 25 years ago as a player, and today watched proudly as his players got to feel for it themselves.

"I keep saying this, but to see our guys go through this, those who have not gone through this at this level, is priceless," he said. "I'm just so proud of our guys and so happy for them to be able to experience something like this. A lot of people go through their college career are unable to experience something like this."

"These are the things they s on television and they got to experience this first hand."

With the victory, Washington concludes one of the most interesting, yet successful seasons in school history. After the horrendous 0-5 start, the Huskies ended the regular season with 12-6 conference record and second place in the Pac-10.

"I say repeatedly, that I saw this coming," said Romar of Washington's sudden success. "The day I saw it was as when we decided that we were going to play as a team inside and outside. Not just lip service, but really believe that were going to. I felt that we were capable of doing that. I didn't know if it would be this year or next year, but thank goodness it happened this year."

The Huskies will now focus on putting on a strong showing at the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles next week. Even with the victory over Stanford, Washington's RPI is still relatively high for a tournament bid. The big win certainly helps, but it still may take a couple wins in Los Angeles for them to have their name called on the selection show. It all starts Thursday evening against the hometown UCLA Bruins at the Staples Center.

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