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December 1, 2005 at 12:01 PM

Following the Zags

We’ll have lots on the Huskies and previewing the Gonzaga game here and in the Seattle Times in the next few days. Among our coverage will be a feature story on Adam Morrison, the player the Huskies can only hope to contain in Sunday’s game.
For now, here’s a few links to stories from what was an interesting night in Northwest basketball on Wednesday.
Here’s the expanded Associated Press recap on Gonzaga’s closer-than-expected win over Portland State in Spokane last night. Most interesting is the quote from Morrison that “if we try to play like that against UW, we’ll get beat by 30.”
Interesting how the two teams seem to be going into this game. UW’s players are sounding as confident as ever while Gonzaga seems to be questioning itself a bit.
Also worth noting is that PSU had a 39-32 rebounding edge on Gonzaga. GU has usually owned the boards against the Huskies and UW is sure to mine the tape of this game to figure out how a smaller PSU team was able to get the edge on the Bulldogs on this night. PSU coach Ken Bone will undoubtedly get a few calls from his friends at UW the next few days. Here’s the story.
Cougar craziness
WSU had a nice win over Wyoming last night and it looks like the Cougars may be as dangerous as everyone in the Pac-10 fears.
But it wasn’t all good news for WSU as senior guard Randy Green stormed off the bench late in the game, apparently unhappy about being removed after taking a shot that head coach Dick Bennett didn’t like.
Green was the last player left from the Paul Graham days and I wrote a note on him after talking with Bennett about him at Pac-10 media day. Bennett acknowledged that Green had had a tough transition — his shots and playing time have decreased markedly from his freshman year under Graham — but that he was proud of Green for sticking it out.
Strange, too, that Green seemed to play well last night just looking at the numbers — he had eight points and four steals in 12 minutes and was 3 of 4 from the floor. Bennett talked at media day of how Green had become one of WSU’s best defensive players.
Local fans may remember that he was the captain at Rainier Beach High as a senior and played there four years, part of the Nate Robinson, Stewart twins teams that dominated for so long. Story on the game.
DUCKS QUACKED
Oregon, meanwhile, looked like it was in line for a pretty big early road win against an undefeated Vanderbilt team before losing in about as tough a fashion as possible — a 30-foot shot at the buzzer.
Vandy is a tough place to play and any win on the road against an SEC team is a good win. Despite the loss, it looks like Oregon’s young players are starting to mature. We’ll see how this affects them Saturday when they host Georgetown. Story on the game.

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