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November 15, 2005 at 10:03 AM

After the game

Here are a few leftover notes and observations after Washington’s 87-54 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay at the BCA Monday night.
You may be wondering why Joe Wolfinger – who the team plans to redshirt this year – is suiting up. Since it’s a “redshirt by choice” situation and not a forced redshirt – a transfer situation where a player is ineligible for a year – Wolfinger can play if needed. He almost certainly won’t, but coaches plan to suit him up for home games so he can get used to the pre-game experience. And then he would be available in an emergency. He may also travel. Ryan Appleby couldn’t suit up or transfer when he sat out last year because he was a transfer.
• They are using new experimental rules for this tournament – a 3-point line that is a foot longer and a lane that is two feet wider – but I honestly haven’t noticed any difference. Guys who can hit threes are still hitting threes, and the lane doesn’t seem to have impacted anything. Maybe tonight, when we see the Huskies play a team that can actually give it some trouble, will be more telling.
• Two games – especially against this level of competition – doesn’t mean a whole lot. But so far, the Huskies are answering the questions about their 3-point shooting. UW hit 8-17 Monday night and is 14-36 in the two games.
• All we really know about the Huskies so far is that they can get up to play inferior competition. Coach Lorenzo Romar has really emphasized playing all 40 minutes of the game, no matter the situation, and so far, this team has responded, obliterating all three teams it has played, including the exhibition against Simon Fraser.
• Not sure what to make of the attendance. Given the apparent popularity of this team, I figured there would be more than the 3,217 who were there Monday. Maybe the 6 p.m. start was a factor. Maybe Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are bad days for such a tournament. Whatever, anyone who is really a fan should come out tonight even if the championship matchup isn’t the one that everyone was hoping for.
• Speaking of Air Force, they seemed to be the crowd favorite of the few hundred or so who stuck around. But the Huskies wanted to play Miami in hopes of getting an early win against a school from a big-time conference that would boost UW’s RPI. As good as Air Force may be, a win over the Falcons won’t look the same on paper.

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