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January 16, 2006 at 3:37 PM

A new week

It’s one of the biggest cliches in sports to say “what a difference a week (year, month, etc.) makes.”
But failing on this holiday to find any better way to describe it, let me just say “what a difference a week makes.”
A week ago, we were all speculating whether UW had been vastly overrated as a result of a soft non-conference schedule and questioning where this team was headed after an unexpected home loss to Washington State.
Now, after going on the road and getting their first sweep of the LA trip since 1987 – and just their second Pac-10 road sweep of the Lorenzo Romar era – the accolades are again coming Washington’s way.

  • Bobby Jones has been named as the conference player of the week for scoring 33 points and grabbing 21 rebounds in the two games. It is the first time he has gotten that honor in his career and the first for UW this year. Here’s the Pac-10 release on Jones.

  • The Huskies are back in the top 10 in both polls today, standing at exactly No. 10 in each.

  • UW is again given a top four seed in ESPN’s bracketolog. Here’s the link.

  • And UW moved up markedly in the RPI from No. 49 last week to No. 38 this week.
    The theme among coaches and players was that some added toughness was the difference to the turnaround.
    For instance, UW outrebounded UCLA and USC by a combined 78-50. The Huskies took at least a half-dozen charges in the two games. And the comeback from a 14-point second-half deficit was their largest since – you guessed it – the memorable win at Oregon State in 2004 that is regarded as the turnaround game for the program.
    “We felt that if we concentrated on playing tough basketball, we had a chance to get out of this hole no matter who we were playing, or where,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
    Following the recruits
    Here’s a quick look at what UW’s incoming recruits are doing.

  • Phil Nelson – He sat out two games for family reasons, but was back in the lineup on Friday and scored 16 points as McNary (Ore.) beat North Salem, 67-39.

  • Quincy Pondexter – Pondexter’s San Joaquin Memorial team is 17-3 after losing at Clovis West of Fresno 52-40 on Friday. Pondexter is averaging 21.1 points per game, and has made 27 of 37 three-pointers – a good sign considering UW will need some three-point shooting next year with Brandon Roy and Jones leaving – and is shooting 71 percent from the field overall. He’s also averaging 5.4 rebounds per game.

  • Adrian Oliver – Oliver scored 26 points in a 78-58 win for Modesto Christian over Amador last week. Modesto Christian is 15-3 on the season.

  • Spencer Hawes – Here’s a link to a story in The Times about Hawes’ most recent game.

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