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March 21, 2006 at 10:57 PM

Heading to D.C.

The team is off to Washington, D.C., having left after a morning practice at Washington on Tuesday.
And today, so am I, as are many others who intend to get to Friday’s game.
Here, then, a few notes to tide the blog over until we arrive.
• One reader pointed out that Washington has played just two games outside the Pacific Time Zone all season — its two wins in Arizona. Not sure if that will have any impact, but maybe it plays into the team’s decision to leave a little early to get acclimated to the time change. Mostly, I think the Huskies just wanted to get back there early since it’s a long trip and they’ll now have an extra day to settle in.
• We have a story in Wednesday’s paper and on-line about the memorable 1998 game between UW and UConn. One thing I didn’t mention was Lorenzo Romar’s memory of watching that game while head coach at Pepperdine. “I was pulling for the Washington Huskies and just thinking of all the things that could have happened when Rip Hamilton made that shot,” he said. “We’ve witnessed how good of a pro he’s been. Great players end up making those types of plays. I’m sure it’s something Washington players and fans have played over and over in their minds.”
• Several people sent me this story from the Hartford Courant that includes a seemingly incendiary quote from UConn guard Rashad Anderson. I’m one of those who doesn’t think such stuff matters this time of year. I can’t believe players on either side really need anything extra to get fired up come Sweet 16 time. But it’s interesting reading nonetheless, and UW coaches will make sure their players see it. I remember Ken Bone reading some quotes from Pacific coach Bob Thomason taking some subtle swipes at Washington before the second round game last year.
• Here’s an interesting story out of Arizona that includes a Tyson-esque roundhouse at Washington’s schedule this year from Lute Olson.
He’s complaining that the Huskies got a higher seed than the Wildcats and, I guess, thus got to wait another round before having to face a No. 1 seed. On the other hand, Arizona could have just held on to that 12-point lead it had early in the second half when it played the Huskies in Tucson in the last game of the regular season and gotten a better seed. Olson mentions that Arizona went a game deeper in the tournament. He doesnt mention that Washington finished two games better in the regular season standings. I remember last year, when UW won the Pac-10 Conference Tournament title and Arizona won the regular season title, Olson said the regular-season title meant more. I agree with him on that point, but he seems to be flipflopping now to suit his more immediate argument.
And Olson says “They say they’re not going to be influenced by a team’s record?” Maybe he was quoted incorrectly or out of context. But if not, what’s he talking about? Of course the tournament committee is going to be influenced by a team’s record. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? That argument makes no sense at all.

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