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March 7, 2006 at 8:19 PM

Tourney time

Today was the last day for the Husky players and coaches to meet the media before heading to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Tournament.
The Huskies practiced at Hec Ed in the afternoon and then left for LA.
They’ll have to wait almost two days to play a game as they won’t play until 8:50 p.m. on Thursday against either WSU or Oregon.
UW will practice somewhere on Wednesday — not the Staples Center since it will be in use for the two early tournament games — and then some of the players and coaches may attend the games. I talked with Brandon Roy today who said, as you might expect, that he’s hoping to watch the games.
One of the things that makes Brandon so good from a media standpoint is that he is as big a sports fan as the rest of us. He talks all the time about watching all the other games, and one of his post-playing goals is to be an announcer or analyst.
As for news, there isn’t much with this team — the Huskies are kind of rolling on autopilot right now with their eight straight wins and a rotation that gets more set in concrete with every victory.
But here are a few notes and observations:

  • The honors for Roy continue to roll in. He was named to the five-man United States Basketball Writers Association All-American Team Tuesday. Joining Roy on the USBWA team were Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison, Villanova’s Randy Foye and Duke’s J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams.
    He was also named as the Pac-10 Player of the Year by Seth Davis of CNNSI.com. Here’s the link.

  • Reader Jai asked a question about next year’s schedule in relation to the article that was posted by Michael about the Missouri Valley Conference and its RPI.
    The schedule for next year isn’t set, but it will be tougher than this year’s. UW will play at Gonzaga — that is part of the current series but I’ve been told the series will continue past next year — and will host LSU on Dec. 22.
    The Huskies are hoping for a road game against a big-name foe in February. They thought they had one lined up against Georgia Tech, but that fell through on Georgia Tech’s end. I know UConn is a school the Huskies would like to line up, but there are a lot of factors involved, TV being one of the keys. This may not be finalized for a while.
    There is also the chance the Huskies will take part in a pre-season tournament next year. NCAA rules limiting the number of times a team can take part in such tournaments — two over a four-year span — are likely to be relaxed. If that happens, the Huskies will try to get in a tournament next year, or possibly host one, though all the big name ones — Maui, Alaska, etc. — are already full. UW will try to get in Maui or the pre-season NIT in the 2007-08 season.

  • Michael also asked a question about Jordan Farmar. I think he’s really good, but if you just watched the two games against UW, he didn’t look like it, in large part because of the defense that Brandon Roy put on him. Farmar’s had nagging groin and ankle injuries all year but has gutted out playing on them and I don’t think he’s had the year he anticipated. That might not be the best news for UW fans — I think he was thinking about coming out this year if all had gone well, but he now says he will return. If everybody on UCLA comes back, and I think they all will, the Bruins will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Pac-10 next year despite UW’s great incoming class.

  • Reader Rich asked a question about why UW is playing in game four of the tournament on Thursday — the dreaded 8:50 p.m. slot – as the No. 2 seed when last year the Huskies played in game 3.
    I tried to answer that in something I wrote for the paper tomorrow.
    But I’ll also answer it here.
    Pac-10 officials say the time slots were determined to give the No. 1 seed more rest than the No. 2 — which is why the No. 1 seed plays in the afternoon session and the No. 2 at night – and then to give the teams that played on Wednesday as much rest as possible on Thursday, which is why they play in the late game in each session.
    So, since UW is the No. 2 seed, it plays in the night session instead of the afternoon session. And since UW plays the winner of Wednesday’s WSU-Oregon game — the second game in the Wednesday session — the Huskies play in the second game of the Thursday night session to allow either the Cougars or Ducks as much rest as possible.
    Hopefully that makes some sense.

  • As for the comments about the FSN telecast Saturday, I didn’t see it since I was there, and this was one that I didn’t TIVO for some reason. But as to the announcers being biased, I’d be a little surprised. Those guys have been doing Pac-10 games for years and have no reason to favor anybody. Tompkins was actually the voice of Husky football for a few years in the ’80s he would have no reason not to like UW, either.

  • I’m heading down to the tournament Wednesday and will file regular updates here once I get there, so keep checking in. And thanks for all the good comments on this board.

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