The theme of the week around the Pac-10 has been the topsy-turvy nature of the conference to date.
One week, Arizona appears in the driver’s seat. Then Arizona loses and it’s UCLA. Then Cal looks strong, only to lose a couple of games.
Washington, obviously, was a favorite heading into the season, lost that role after losing two of its first three home Pac-10 games, then moved back into that spot after sweeping in L.A.
And the view here is that UW can really make a move in the conference race by winning both games this weekend.
If UW can do that, it will be 5-2 by Saturday night. Considering that Cal and Stanford are traveling to the Arizona schools this weekend, and Oregon also has to go to Washington State, the Huskies could begin to get some separation on the rest of the pack.
The Huskies, however, will have five of their following seven games on the road, beginning with next week’s trip to the Bay Area.
We’ll break down the UW-OSU game a little more in this space tomorrow.
Until then, here are some additional notes and quotes:
I talked with Justin Dentmon for a few minutes this week about his struggles of last weekend. He had 11 turnovers in his first two Pac-10 road games.
“I’ve just kind of never been in an environment like that before, so it was just hard for me,” he said. “I just felt like things weren’t going my way no matter how hard I tried.”
He admitted he let it affect his confidence and that he “passed up a couple of shots I normally take.”
But he said Lorenzo Romar told him afterward that he can’t put his head down and look defeated.
Romar said he thinks Dentmon simply had some typical freshman struggles in the game and doesn’t expect it to linger. “He’s been pretty good for us,” Romar said.
Last time OSU was here, coach Jay John had to be carted away by ambulance after feeling ill during the game. Here is a link to a story detailing that in the Corvallis newspaper.
I noticed Dickie V named Hassan Adams as one of the five members of his All-Velcro Team for “defensive kings.” Last I saw Hassan, Brandon Roy was scoring 35 points.
In this year’s Oregon State media guide, the Beavers’ win over UW last February is listed among the “Ten Great Moments in Beaver Basketball.”
Here’s a purely personal aside I thought you might be interested in regarding the movie “Glory Road.” I haven’t seen it and not sure I want to. I’ve found that almost every movie about a real-life sports event is so distorted from what actually happened, that I just spend all my time wondering if what they are showing really happened. “Glory Road,” in case you haven’t heard, is about Texas-El Paso’s 1966 NCAA championship win over Kentucky, monumental because UTEP had an all-black starting lineup while Kentucky’s was all white – the first all-black lineup to win the title.
The movie, from everything I’ve heard and read, revolves almost solely around the race factor.
But interestingly, some media reports at the time didn’t even mention it. I have an old copy of Sports Illustrated from that week, with UTEP’s Harry Flournoy stealing a rebound away from Pat Riley. And not once in the story, written by Frank Deford, is the race of either team mentioned.