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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

December 2, 2005 at 9:42 PM

Counting down

Just two days now until we finally find out just where the Huskies stand.
Here are a few odds and ends from Friday’s practice.
• Nothing new on the personnel front as Lorenzo Romar said the team is healthy and ready physically. He said it has been a good week of practice, though not much different than any other week except the team has had so much time to prepare. Including the exhibition game, Washington played seven games in 20 days to start the season. Now it has had eight days off to prep for Gonzaga.
• We’ll have a feature story in Saturday’s paper on Washington point guard Justin Dentmon, who I think is one of the real keys to this game. I think he has been better than anyone could have really hoped so far, seeming to play beyond his years in terms of not forcing shots or wild passes and playing in control on both ends of the court. He also shows a toughness that is reminiscent of Nate Robinson and Will Conroy.
I found out he’s a real softy when it comes to his mother, however.
Dentmon was raised in a single-parent household by his mom, Stephine. He hasn’t seen her since June 10, but will see her this weekend after she travels from Illinois for the game.
In fact, it will be her first flight ever.
“She gets nervous to fly,” Dentmon said. “After 9-11, she was like ‘I’m never getting on a plane.’ But she’s coming for this one. It’ll be a real confidence booster to be able to look over there and see her.”
• This is one game where the Huskies could really miss Mike Jensen. He had 13 points against Gonzaga last year despite being razzed by the Kennel Club the whole game. He explained later that he has a few friends from his Kentwood High School days who now attend Gonzaga.
The good news is Romar says Jensen continues to remain on schedule to return in a few weeks. The hope is that he can play against Lehigh Dec. 23 so he will have a game under his belt before Pac-10 play starts Dec. 29 against Arizona State.
• Anyone else see this score tonight – Montana 88, Stanford 69?
That may be the most shocking score of the young season to me.
That’s the same Montana team that the Huskies blew out in the first round of the NCAA tournament in March. Montana is still a good team – it lost just one starter off the team that lost to the Huskies. But the Grizzlies got blown out at Boise State a few weeks ago and hadn’t beaten anybody of note.
A glance at the box score shows that each of Stanford’s main guys – Hernandez, Haryasz, Grunfeld – played more than 30 minutes. But those three scored 50 of Stanford’s 69 points, showing that the Cardinal may not have a lot of depth.
It’s also showing that all of us who thought that the Cardinal could contend for the Pac-10 title this season may have been wrong.
That’s a tough trip to make, but I don’t think it should have been that tough.

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