AUDIO: Head coach Lorenzo Romar talks about the tough schedule that still remains for the Washington Huskies and updates the health of C.J. Wilcox and Tony Wroten. Audio available here.
by Curtis Crabtree
MONTLAKE - The Washington Huskies are 9-2 in conference play and find themselves at the top of the Pac-12 with seven games to play.
Just don't try to tell Lorenzo Romar that the Huskies are in the driver's seat.
Washington still faces some of the toughest tests on their schedule including five of their last seven games on the road. Next up is a trip to Oregon and Oregon State, a roadtrip that Romar still considers a massive challenge.
"I don't feel like that at all," Romar said. "I feel like maybe because we've been digging ourselves out of a hole all year this year I still feel like we're trying to dig outselves out of a hole."
"We have a tough stretch here. We could look up in two weeks and literally be in fifth place and still having played pretty good basketball."
Beyond games at Oregon and Oregon State this weekend, Washington still has to host Arizona and Arizona State before three straight on the road to close out the season at Washington State, USC and UCLA.
C.J. Wilcox continues to be on a no-practice plan as the team tries to manage the stress fracture injury in his leg. Last week Wilcox was limited to just 50 jump shots a day. Romar admitted he's been allowed a little more work this week but they are still being cautious with his workload.
Romar said that Wilcox is not feeling any pain in his leg while playing and that as long as that continues to be the case, he should be good to keep playing.
"If he begins to play with pain then they've got to shut him down," Romar said. "As long as he can continue to play without pain... if he's playing without pain that means the bone is healing somewhat."
Tony Wroten is also dealing with some bumps and bruises but nothing that should affect his availabilty this week.