March 17, 2011

NCAA Tourney notes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It turns out Washington coach Lorenzo Romar is more familiar with Georgia than one might think; at least as far as Trey Thompkins is concerned.

Last summer, Romar was the head coach for the U.S. "Select" squad that featured Thompkins, which scrimmaged for two weeks against the U.S. National Team that was comprised of professionals.

"He was good. I remember him because I had not seen Trey play a lot, just a little bit but was able to watch him play every day, coach him a little bit and just loved his attitude, loved his mobility and his versatility," Romar said. "The first thing I thought of when we - when it was said we were going to play Georgia, the first person I thought of was him. I asked myself how in the world are we going to guard him? He's a really good basketball player."

Thompkins, who leads Georgia in scoring with 16.1 points per game, appreciated the kind words, laughing out loud when asked if Romar was telling the truth.

"I got a chance to work with Coach Romar and I enjoyed every second of it," Thompkins said. "He's a great guy. I hope he's saying the right stuff. I think he is and I appreciate the stuff that he says."

What's in a name?

During North Carolina's press conference, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams was asked a question about Duke's Kyrie Irving.

In his answer, Williams commented that Irving was the closest thing he's seen to Isaiah Thomas. No, not the Washington player by the same name.

"I don't mean the one from Washington, I mean the other one," Williams said.

Thomas, who was named after the former Detroit Pistons' star after his father lost a bet, laughed that he's long since gotten use to having a famous name.

"Yes, it's a blessing. I mean, if I don't play well, people think like why is he named Isaiah Thomas?" Thomas said. "When I play well, it's pretty cool; people compare us even though we're two different players. But it's pretty cool just to have the same name and to be known for the name is pretty cool."

Fox not concerned with late start

Georgia coach Mark Fox was asked if Friday's 9:45 start was a concern, considering his Bulldogs have not started a game that late all year.

Fox said that was not the case.

"I'm not concerned about our players playing at 10 p.m.," Fox said. "They're usually awake then. I'm more worried about myself, you know. So I forced myself to stay up late last night so I'll get used to it. So I don't think so. This is a special stage and hopefully that will have no impact."

This and that

Friday's game will be televised on CBS. Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg will call the action. … This will be Georgia's first meeting with Washington in either basketball or football. … The Huskies are 0-8 all-time in games played in North Carolina. … Washington is making its third straight trip to the NCAAs, while Georgia is making its 11th trip to the NCAA in the program's history.

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