Lorenzo Romar wrestles with difficult decision: Play or sit Malik Dime in final home game

Huskies center Malik Dime has sat out two games during a suspension following an altercation with fans. However, he could return Saturday in Washington’s home finale against No. 5 Arizona.

Senior Day has a different feel this year for the Huskies.

Put aside for a moment the Washington men’s basketball team is plummeting in a late-season nosedive that’s included an eight-game losing streak.

Things don’t get any easier for the Huskies (9-17, 2-12 Pac-12) who face No. 5 Arizona (24-, 13-1) in Saturday’s 5 p.m. home finale at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Normally a matchup against the Pac-12 leader is enough to dominate the headline.

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However, UW’s final home game will also be the last chance Huskies fans will say goodbye to freshman guard Markelle Fultz, who is projected to be the top pick in this summer’s NBA draft.

Even though Fultz hasn’t said for certain he’ll turn pro after the season, few around the team expect he’ll return.

“He’s done everything he needed to do at this level,” said a UW source close to the situation. “He’s a good kid so he’ll let this play out, but oh yeah he’s going to the NBA.”

What’s uncertain is whether or not UW’s only senior Malik Dime, who is suspended after slapping two fans during an off-court altercation last week, will play one last time in front of Huskies fans.

Coach Lorenzo Romar added a bit of intrigue heading into the game against Arizona when he was noncommittal on Dime’s availability.

Following Washington’s 81-66 defeat at Colorado on Feb. 9 in which Dime struck two Buffaloes student hecklers at halftime, Romar said the 6-foot-9 center would not play the next game at Utah.

Earlier this week, Romar said Dime would miss Thursday’s 83-81 loss to Arizona State and wasn’t sure if he’d play in the remaining games.

On Friday, Romar was once again vague when asked if Dime would play in UW’s…

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