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March 14, 2006 at 5:24 PM

Off to San Diego

The Huskies met the media in Seattle one last time before practicing, then catching a flight to San Diego.
The general theme of the day remains that this is a game the Huskies can – and probably should – win if they play well, but can lose if they don’t.
Sounds obvious this time of year, to be sure, but it’s probably good the Huskies realize it.
“We can’t take anybody lightly,” said guard Bobby Jones. “We have to treat everybody like they are a No. 1 seed.”
Several of the Huskies are aware that they have almost become a chic pick to lose in the first round.
Brandon Roy gave an interesting answer in response to that, saying that if he were an outsider and was looking for an upset to pick, he might pick this one, too.
“We’ve proven that we can beat Gonzaga and UCLA but we’ve also proven that we can lose to Washington State twice in a season,” Roy said. “So if you went over a bracket and said which team could slip, I’d say Washington, too. It’s something we brought upon ourselves.
“But I’m picking Washington. I think we’ll be fine. . … But I understand why people are doing that. We just have to try to make up for it.”
Notes and quotes
• Ryan Appleby said he is feeling better every day and he is taking part in every aspect of practice. “I think I can be normal (for the game on Thursday),” he said. “I’m not really too worried about it.”
• Maybe you’ve seen this, but it’s worth noting again that Utah State has the fourth-best record in college basketball over the last seven seasons with a winning percentage of 78.1. Duke is at the top of the list at 85.7.
Interestingly, UW has played Gonzaga, which is No. 2 on the list at 82.2., and likely would play Illinois (No. 3 at 79.3) if it can beat Utah State.
• Here’s a view from the newspaper in Logan, Utah about how upset they would have been there had Utah State not gotten a bid. One of the benefits the Aggies saw from moving into the WAC this year from the Big West was the ability to get at-large bids. The WAC has sent at least two teams to the tournament 19 of the past 20 years and has also had at least one team advance to the second round of the tournament in each of the last 10 years.
Here’s the link.
• We’re arriving in San Diego tonight as well and I’ll try to have regular updates here from the news conferences Wednesday and on the scene at the arena. The Huskies will have an open practice at Cox Arena at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Every team is mandated to have an open practice, which is usually just a glorified shootaround. A real practice is usually held in private somewhere else. I remember last year in Boise, the last 10 minutes or so turned into a dunk contest for the appreciative fans with Nate Robinson trying some of the same dunks that won him the NBA contest last month. The Huskies will meet the media in San Diego at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, meaning there won’t really be any news regarding UW until then.

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