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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 8, 2006 at 7:57 PM

Stapling it together

So what if they gave a tournament and no one showed up?
That’s what it looked like here at 6 p.m. as Oregon State and Arizona State prepared to tip off in front of close friends and family.
I bet there’s not 2,000 people here, and that might be pushing it.
Being someone who never turns down a free basketball game, however, I’m here.
And also here is A.C. Green, who played for OSU back when they were good, which was actually only before computers though it feels as if it was before TV. He might still be the best player Oregon State would have if they suited him up.
As for the Huskies, they aren’t here, preparing for tomorrow’s first-round game elsewhere. Since I was traveling, and they were practicing in private, I have no new Husky news to report.
• One of the officials for this game is Dick Cartmell, who more often does Gonzaga games. He might not know what to do with himself not being able to hand the ball to Adam Morrison at the free throw line. But Cartmell is regarded as one of the better officials around. And he was also a good high school point guard back in 1972 when he led Richland High — my hometown — to the state Class AAA title.
• One item I didn’t get in Tuesday was UCLA coach Ben Howland saying that he voted for both Bobby Jones and Jamaal Williams for the All-Pac-10 Team. Coaches can’t vote for their own players, meaning Howland had to find at least two other players to vote for. Those might have been the only votes Williams and Jones received, but it only takes one to get honorable mention on the All-Pac-10 team.
• One reader asked to see the pre-season media poll to see how it compares to what happened.
Here it is:
1, Arizona (23 first-place votes, 325 total points)
2, Stanford (9), 294
3, UCLA (2), 263
4, Washington, 238
5, Cal, 212
6, Oregon, 183
7, Oregon State, 132
8, USC, 87
9, Washington State, 86
10, Arizona State, 50
Here’s how it ended up
1, UCLA
2, Washington
3, Cal
4, Arizona
5, Stanford
6, USC
7, Oregon
8, Oregon State
9, Arizona State
10, Washington State
Really, us media types weren’t that far off, not that it was that hard a call in a lot of cases.
I actually had thought Oregon had been picked higher than 6th, but maybe we all had it right that the Ducks were talented but unproven — which is still the case.
The biggest disappointments are Arizona and Stanford, each three places lower than where they were picked.
The biggest differences on the positive side are UCLA, UW, Cal and USC, each finishing two places higher than picked.
• We’ll be back later tonight to dissect what’s happened here.

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