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December 5, 2005 at 4:50 PM

Dawgs movin’ on up

A day later, the Gonzaga win continues to look that much better for the Washington Huskies.
First, it moved them up to No. 13 in this week’s AP poll, which doesn’t mean anything tangibly but at least shows that the nation was paying attention.
Second, it might have established them as the new favorites in the Pac-10, something I’m mentioning in a story that will run Tuesday in the Times.
What do you think – should the Huskies now be considered the favorites to win the conference?
I mean, who else is there? Arizona, 2-3 and losers at Houston over the weekend? Stanford, also 2-3 after a stunning defeat at UC-Davis on Sunday? UCLA? The Bruins, at least, have the record you would expect at this point at 5-1. Still, they don’t have a win as good as UW’s over Gonzaga.
More than anything, it’s shaping up as a completely wide open race – I wouldn’t discount Cal right now, either, though the Bears have played a schedule that is softer than UW’s.
And that would certainly favor the Huskies, given the senior leadership of Brandon Roy, Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams. For all the excitement over UW’s young players – and there’s nothing not to like about what they’ve done – this was still a win that wouldn’t have happened without those three.
They combined for 47 points, handled the tough defensive assignments, and opened things up for Justin Dentmon and Ryan Appleby outside.
Hard to believe
I mentioned Stanford above, in what has to be one of the most shocking scores I’ve seen in the Pac-10 in years.
Here are two stories on that game:
Mercury News | SF Gate
After reading each, I was only more stunned. As one of them details, UC-Davis had just lost to Northern Arizona by 28 points. Unbelievable.

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