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Things I’m watching for early in the season for UW hoops

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The season is young, but the Washington Huskies are under fire already. Keep your eyes peeled for these five things to happen in the near future.

Calls for Lo-Ro’s Head

It’s only been five games, but I’ve already heard a few calls for Lorenzo Romar to be sacked.

The Huskies 2-3 record so far (worst in the Pac-12, by the way) , including dismal home losses to Albany and Colorado State, has the Washington faithful up in arms.

In Romar’s defense, he lost his two best players from last year, has zero recruits coming in, and has already lost multiple impact players this year to injury.  The Huskies usually grow stronger as the season goes on, but that’s not much comfort right now. Look for Romar to be on the hot seat if the Huskies keep dropping games.

No Rebounding

The Huskies were destroyed on the boards by Colorado State, being out-rebounded 40 to 19.

Quite simply, the Huskies lack toughness and presence inside, and gave CSU easy second chances and put backs.

With Austin Seferian-Jenkins uncertain to return to the team, and Shawn Kemp Jr. still out, look for this to continue to be the achilles heel of the team.

I sure miss Jon Brockman.

Offensive Game-plan Struggles

When Romar announced in the offseason that the Huskies would be running a new, high-post offense, many wondered how that would work. The Huskies are known for their speed, athleticism, and three point shooting. Lacking a strong inside presence, the team has traditionally looked to its guards for leadership and the bulk of the points.

Lorenzo Romar, Washington Huskies

We’ve already heard a few calls for Lorenzo Romar to be sacked

So far, the Dawgs have looked confused and out of sync on offense. Injuries have robbed the team of Shawn Kemp Jr. and Scott Suggs, but look for the Huskies to continue struggling to get into their flow offensively even when those two return.

The Emergence of Abdul Gaddy

It’s time for Abdul Gaddy to live up to the hype that has followed him since high school, when he was the second ranked point guard in the nation, behind John Wall and above Peyton Siva and Eric Bledsoe. Gaddy had a promising season last year stolen away  from him after he tore his ACL early on.

Now he’s back with a vengeance, averaging 14.6 ppg as one of the only go-to scorers on the team.

His assist totals will need to come up (right now he’s averaging just 2.6 assists per game), but it’s good to see him assuming the leadership role on the team he’s always been expected to.

Another Bad Home Loss

The Huskies have seven straight non-conference games at home (I’m counting the game at Seattle U as home too), but look for them to drop at least one.

They shouldn’t lose to any of these teams, but with the erratic way they’ve been playing lately, it’s almost certain they’ll lose a game (or two) they shouldn’t.

My bet is Nevada, but Jackson State has been looking dangerous this season too (just kidding, I had to Google that to even find out where it is, but I wouldn’t rule out anything at this point).

I’m so sure this will happen that I would gamble money on it, but I lost all my money betting on the Apple Cup.

This Washington squad is a wildcard.

A new offense, the loss of the top two scorers, and untimely injuries have left the team in flux. Keep your eyes peeled to see how the rest of the preseason plays out.

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