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November 16, 2005 at 10:01 AM

Points of emphasis

Here are a few left over notes and observations after the Air Force game.
• How about those rebounding totals? UW outboarded Air Force, 39-17. That’s one of the biggest points of emphasis for UW coaches — the starters for the exhibition game were the five best rebounders at their position. Those five have ended up as the same five starters for the season, not much of a coincidence. You really saw the value Jon Brockman is going to have. You also saw Brandon Roy’s amazing versatility. Despite spending a good part of the night bringing the ball up the court, he had 10 rebounds. Roy led or was the co-leader for UW in points (27), rebounds (10), steals (four) and blocks (three) and had just two turnovers in 35 minutes.
• The game went a long way toward showing that the Huskies will be able to impose their will and run on just about anyone. Air Force is one of the most deliberate teams around yet UW scored 85 points. That’s 12 more points than Air Force ever allowed last year when Iowa beat the Falcons 73-63.
• You may have heard some rumors about Harvey Perry and whether he is going to have to redshirt due to his back injury. For now, nothing is decided, according to Perry and Romar. Perry said he’s had a troublesome back for about two years and it recently flared up again. They have had X-rays and MRIs taken to determine what the problem is. But as of last night, none of those tests had come back so Perry still doesn’t know anything. He may find out more today.
• Artem Wallace didn’t play but it was simply because coaches felt Air Force’s style didn’t lend itself to Artem’s just yet.
• Brockman says he’d like to play without the mask, he said there’s one little blind spot in it, but that he doesn’t want to risk getting hit in the same spot and missing a month. He said he’ll probably wear it another three weeks.
• You saw a little thinning of the rotation tonight as UW played just eight players in the second half, and only seven saw more than five minutes in the second half.
• Looked at Air Force schedule and concluded the Falcons will probably win their next eight games, meaning a lot of people could be writing in late December about a 10-1 Falcon team whose only loss was to UW. Their next game against a big-time opponent is Dec. 28 against Georgia Tech.

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