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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 27, 2006 at 9:31 AM

The day after

Another game, another impressive performance by the Dawgs.
Consider that they have now won six Pac-10 games by an average margin of almost 14 points. Sure, that 33-point win over Oregon State inflates that number a bit. But four of the wins are by 11 points or more. It’s about as impressive a stretch as anything last year’s team put together — UW actually never won more than four consecutive Pac-10 games last year.
Much of the focus afterward was on Brandon Roy, for all the obvious reasons, including our game story here.
Aside from Roy, the two biggest reasons for UW’s winning streak are defense — Cal shot 41 percent, becoming the fifth team in this stretch to shoot 43 percent or worse against UW (Oregon actually shot 53 percent); and three-point shooting — UW was 10-20 last night and is an astounding 32-62 in the last three games. In all three games, UW has shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc.
I say astounding because UW hadn’t made more than half of its shots from beyond the arc in consecutive games all season until these last three games, and was coming off a five-game stretch where it hadn’t made more than 35 percent in any one game, dropping as low as 2-17 at Stanford.
That kind of 3-point shooting won’t continue.
But if the Huskies keep playing defense like that, and the three-point shooting finds a happy medium in between the good and the bad, there’s no reason they can’t continue to play the way they have.
Another key — Bobby Jones, I think, is almost completely recovered from his ankle injury. He isn’t putting up huge offensive numbers, but he is playing great defense and rebounding pretty well — averaging six over the last three games. And a return to health means a breakout scoring game could come at any time.
Another unsung hero Sunday was Ryan Appleby — he brought the ball up quite a bit and didn’t have a turnover in 25 minutes while also scoring 10 points.
Lots of love coming UW’s way today.
• Here’s a draft update from hoopshype.com that has Brandon Roy No. 7 in the first round, going to — ta da — the Sonics! I know Brandon would love that and considering all the bad PR for the Sonics right now, they probably couldn’t make a better pick.
• Here’s ESPN’s new bracketology which I like a lot better just in terms of where it sends the Huskies — Dallas instead of Auburn Hills.
Interesting that UW is only a No. 7 seed — I think the Huskies may be being underrated now when they were being overrated much of December and January. That second-round opponent — Texas, near their home, obviously — would be a doozy, pointing out the importance of UW getting as high a seed as it can and moving away from such potential games.
I notice that the other No. 7’s are Nevada, Wisconsin and Wichita State, all teams that don’t seem to me as good as the Huskies are playing right now.
• Of course, just as I write that, I go to CBS Sportsline and see that Gregg Doyel has UW listed as a No. 3 seed.
He doesn’t break down the bracket, but he intriguingly has Kansas listed as a No. 6. How interesting would a game against the Jayhawks and C.J. Giles and Rodrick Stewart be right now?

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