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January 6, 2006 at 4:49 PM

Rivalry Time?

Closing in now on the UW-WSU game Saturday night at Hec Ed.
In my preview story for Saturday’s paper, I touch a little on whether this is a true rivalry.
General feeling seem to be that it’s nowhere near the rivalry as football. Certainly, part of that is that football is simply a much bigger deal at both schools.
The general lack of success of both programs the last 25 years or so I’m sure also plays a factor. When have the basketball teams ever met with the kinds of stakes on the line that the football teams have in recent seasons?
There’s also just not a lot of familiarity between the two programs. UW has had lots of Seattle players lately while WSU’s roster contains twice as many Texans (two) as Washingtonians (one) among its scholarship players.
But I’d be curious to know what you think – is this really a rivalry?
Give me your comments below.
NOTES AND QUOTES
Here’s a few additional notes and quotes.

  • Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies have had a good week of practice and there are no personnel changes in the offing for health reasons or otherwise.

  • As I noted here a couple of days ago, Romar spent Wednesday night watching two of his four recruits for next season play – guard Adrian Oliver of Modesto Christian and swingman Quincy Pondexter of San Joaquin Memorial.
    Pondexter had the better game with 20 points but Oliver’s team got the win, 66-62. Oliver had nine points and 11 rebounds.
    “Adrian had an off shooting night but he scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds and he does a lot of things to help your team win,” Romar said. “They are both good defenders, they both can score points and they are both good players.”

  • WSU’s only area player is senior guard Randy Green, a graduate of Rainier Beach. As I wrote in a story in today’s paper, Green and Brandon Roy have been buddies since kindergarten. Interestingly, Green said he spent much of the summer working out with another UW player as well – Ryan Appleby.
    He said the two often got together at a gym in Mercer Island.
    “We’d get together and do guard drills and still like that,” Green said. “Luke Ridnour was there a couple of times also so I was able to work out with quality guards.”

  • Interesting, and frustrating for UW fans, night in the Pac-10 on Thursday. Arizona’s loss to UCLA means the Huskies were just a point away from being two games up in the loss column on the Wildcats.
    But the wins by Cal and UCLA seem to indicate this could be a four-team race to the finish now.

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