Jensen spinning tall tales on Montlake

At most other schools, 6-foot-8 junior PF Mike Jensen wouldn't be considered a big-man. In fact, every school in the Pac Ten, except Washington State, has at least four players bigger than Jensen on their roster. But that doesn't deter the "big-man" from Kent.

"I've guarded those guys for three years," he said with a smirk. "When I come into the game, I know I'm going to have to guard their biggest guy. I don't even think about it anymore. It's just the way it is."

Sometimes Jensen is the only "big-man" on the floor for the Huskies as head coach Lorenzo Romar uses his deep bench of talented guards to frustrate teams with their run-and-gun style of play. Guards Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy and Tre Simmons are the top three scorers on the team and Jensen knows that the offense runs through Robinson, the 5-foot-8 bundle of energy.

"We have a lot of smaller, quicker guys and when we play we are outsized. But it is to our advantage and it's our style of play," said Jensen.

"As long as we are winning, I couldn't care less about my personal stats."

On Sunday, Jensen and the rest of the Huskies face off in a marquee matchup of top 20 teams. The North Carolina State Wolfpack heads to Montlake in a rematch of a game that helped the Huskies gauge where they were late last season.

Jensen remembers the game like it was yesterday.

"Mentally, how can you not get excited about playing them," he asked. "We barely lost to them down there and we played our hearts out. We should have won that game. Those guys hit some big shots, but we feel like we owe them one.

"This is a chance to play a team from another league, supposedly the best league in the country," he continued, getting a little fired up at the same time. "They are ranked ahead of us, but we want to win this game just like we want to win the rest of our games."

With a week between games, Romar has had the chance to really run his guys and get them prepared for this matchup.

"It's been fun. It's kind of a job. People see us out there running and gunning and they think we are so lucky," Jensen says, wearily. "But if they came to our practices for a week, they would be like ‘I don't know if I want to do that'".

Even though the practices are tough, Jensen has already seen the team's labor bear fruit in the form of wins.

"Practice is really tough, but if you want to be the best and win, that is what it takes."

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