Arizona coach Sean Miller and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar spent this week trading flattery about each other’s star player.
In one corner, you have the Wildcats’ Derrick Williams. A 6-8 soph-o-more (must be said in Keith Jackson’s announcing voice) from La Mirada, Calif. Too strong for smaller defenders. Too quick for bigger defenders. Inside. Outside. Left hand. Right hand. A professor at Dunk U.
In the other corner, you have the Huskies’ Isaiah Thomas. A 5-9 junior from Tacoma, Wash. A complete guard. Quick. Big-time scorer. Making drive-and-dish an art form. Had 27 points and 13 assists vs. Cal last week, a ridiculous combination of stats.
The stars will align in Hec Edmundson Pavilion tonight (8:30 p.m. Tucson time, Fox Sports Net).
First place in the Pac-10 on the line.
So, it’s not as if Williams and Thomas will guard each other. Their different sizes and different roles makes a stat comparison less than completely instructive. But here it is anyway: