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January 17, 2012

Huskies face critical games minus Wilcox

The Washington Huskies will be heading into a crucial pair of Pac-12 games without one of their best scoring threats.

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said that sophomore guard C.J. Wilcox will be out this week and will miss home games against California Thursday and Stanford on Saturday.

Wilcox has a small stress fracture in his femur. He said that Wilcox will have an x-ray once a week to evaluate where he's at as far as getting back to playing. For now, it's free throws and light shooting at practice.

"It's a setback, but he does know our system really well and understands what he's doing," said Romar.

Looking back at past games, Romar said he thinks they played more zone defense rather than man-to-man in order to preserve their legs. He didn't indicate whether that would continue this week.

Freshman forward and star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is still getting acclimated to Romar's coaching and team. "He's still learning our system, but making progress," Romar said.

Seferian-Jenkins most likely won't play this week, but he's getting closer to making an appearance.

But until then, the rest of the Husky basketball team has some important games to look ahead to.

"Cal is the most efficient basketball team in our conference," said Romar, "Defensively they don't give anything."

He also said that offensively, Cal is really difficult to guard.Romar emphasized that "they're a really good team right now."

In the Pac-12, the Golden Bears have a 5-1 record, tying them with Stanford for the first place standing in the conference. Washington is second with its 4-1 mark.

Romar is glad the Huskies are home.

"Before I was coaching at Washington, I always remember, the Washington trip was always tough for me," said Romar.

The team is going to face each game like it's the toughest game, he said.

Romar said that every game will "present different challenges." He knows this is a critical homestand.

"You want to make sure you take care of business at home," he said.


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