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March 17, 2006 at 1:04 AM

Moving on to Round 2

The day began with a bomb scare and ended with a fear of an early bombing out.
But then the Huskies shook off the lethargy of waiting around and the jitters of their first NCAA tournament game and beat Utah State in about the way most figured they would, 75-61.
It wasn’t overly pretty at times, but the Aggies play that way.
All the UW coaches indicated during the week that this wasn’t likely to be a game where the Huskies would cruise and win big and look great in the process — the Aggies are too tough a team for that.
As Lorenzo Romar said afterward “they were everything we expected they would be.”
Somewhat shockingly, Utah State outrebounded UW 35-22.
That’s not only UW’s lowest rebounding total of the season, but the most they have been outrebounded by all season as well.
UW had just five offensive rebounds. Utah State’s Nate Harris had 14 rebounds, the most of any UW opponent this season.
Conversely, UW hit had just seven turnovers — their fewest other than the school-record-low three in the home game against Arizona State — and forced Utah State into a season-high 22.
And UW hit 12 of 27 three-pointers, the former tying a season-high, the latter setting one.
A lot of stats, I know, but there were a lot of interesting numbers in this game.
Another odd one — just six Huskies scored, which also set a season low.
But the most important number was the score, and the fact that UW has moved on.
The players talked a lot about proving all of those people wrong who thought the Huskies were going to be the No. 5 seed to go down. Instead, it was Syracuse and Nevada that were No. 5’s that fell by the wayside.
Romar, though, wasn’t really buying it, saying “it’s the NCAA tournament. That should be enough to get you motivated.”
• From a practical sense, nobody with the UW party really seemed to think the delay of the game mattered much. The team heard about it while eating breakfast and kept their schedule the same other than moving the pre-game meal back.
• Here’s a link to Andy Katz’s most recent blog on ESPN.
What’s most interesting is Katz talking about the underclassmen who could decide to leave early for the NBA if they have a good NCAA tournament. Among those he mentions is Arizona freshman Marcus Williams, the Roosevelt High grad. That’s the first I’ve heard that Williams is thinking of bolting. What a blow that would be for the Wildcats, who will already lose Hassan Adams and Chris Rodgers.
• Here’s a link to a story on Fox Sports that’s an NBA scout’s take on top prospects playing in the tournament. Nothing but plaudits for Brandon Roy.
• And finally, here’s a story on the Illinois win over Air Force for a little taste of what awaits UW Saturday.
• The Huskies will hold their press conferences around 3 p.m. tomorrow and will also have a private practice at Cox Arena. We’ll have updates here throughout the day.



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