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College Basketball 2011-2012

Rosters, schedules, key games, key facts for regional college basketball teams.

He’s big, intense, but this self-described goof is a regular guy

Robert Sacre was in ninth grade the first time Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd saw him play basketball. “What you saw obviously is he had the great body, great energy level but he was pretty raw,” Lloyd said. “And you could see his personality back then.”

Idaho Vandals trying to find right combination of newcomers, returners

MOSCOW, Idaho – It’s developing into an almost yearly exercise for the Idaho men’s basketball team. The Vandals round up lots of new faces to bring to the Palouse, and the coaching staff scrambles to get the remade roster to coalesce. Don Verlin, who will embark this week on his fourth season in charge of the program, has just one full-time starter returning and six newcomers – four junior-college transfers and two freshmen.

Difference maker for Idaho men

Kyle Barone, F/C Last year the Vandals weren’t sure what they would get from Kyle Barone. The skilled big man exploded for at least 18 points five times – but also went quiet offensively for much of the last month.

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Gonzaga men will have experience down low, but not so much in the backcourt

Season after season has gone by in head coach Mark Few’s 13 years with Gonzaga pretty well stocked at the guard position, particularly point guard. Most years there have been at least two capable ball-handlers. Most years there have been seasoned guards to help the Bulldogs navigate arduous schedules and reach the NCAA Tournament.

Key games for Washington men’s basketball team

Key games • At Saint Louis (Nov. 20): This matchup doesn’t look particularly daunting on paper, but it’s the Huskies’ first road game of the season. How Romar’s young team responds to being away from home will tell a lot about its character. • Duke at Madison Square Garden (Dec. 10): The second of two games the Huskies play during a week-long trip to New York. The game against Marquette – four days prior – is big in its own right, but victories against high-profile teams like Duke have eluded the Huskies in recent years. If they’re intent on proving they belong, this would be a good one to get. • UCLA (Feb. 2): The Bruins were picked by the media to win the Pac-12. Huskies haven’t lost at home to UCLA since 2004. And since this game follows a road contest against Arizona, it could be pivotal in determining the top half of the conference standings.

Washington Huskies young, but everyone willing to play in team concept

SEATTLE – It’s an odd coincidence that Lorenzo Romar, one year removed from losing his team’s three leading scorers, actually has something on this year’s squad that he’s never seen before - as a coach or a player. “This team is unique in that there’s zero resistance to what we’re trying to do,” the Washington Huskies basketball coach said. “We usually have one, two, three guys that are just going to do it their way until you make it clear that they’re not going to do it their way and still play. So far, this group is trying to do it the team way.”