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March 21, 2006 at 10:03 AM

Tuesday tidings

We’ll start today by linking the two stories that ran in our paper and on our Web site today.
One is a look at the matchup problems that UConn will present for Washington.
I already received one note from a reader saying that I didn’t mention how UW’s quickness will be a matchup problem for UConn.
That’s a good point — we all learned against Illinois on Saturday that size isn’t all that matters. On the other hand, even the UW players and coaches say that UConn will be a lot different than Illinois. I think UConn has its fair share of quickness and athleticism as well as height.
“It’s going to be a difficult matchup for us,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said today in a teleconference with local and national media. “Those guys are not only tall and long but very active. They are great shot blockers.”
That means UW is going to have to get a lot of baskets in transition. Not sure UW can win this one depending on its half-court offense.
Here’s a shorter story leading off with Jon Brockman’s struggles in the NCAA tournament so far.
As Brandon Roy said in the story, the Huskies will need Brockman in this one. UConn has so much size that Brockman will almost certainly have to play a key role for UW to have a chance.
Of course, I remember writing that UW couldn’t beat Illinois if Brockman again went scoreless, as he did against Utah State. More than happy to be wrong about that. But I’m not sure UW could pull that one off again.
• Here’s a link to a blog by Jim Meehan of the Spokesman-Review in Spokane that includes an update on the Idaho coaching search.
There is no mention of Cameron Dollar. I think everyone realizes that Cameron wants a head coaching job sooner rather than later. But if he’s forced to stay at UW another year or two, the Huskies will be the winners.
Dollar has said he didn’t intend to talk with anyone seriously while UW was still playing, so maybe that’s why his name is out of these types of stories right now. He told me in San Diego that “my cell phone’s turned off.”
Dollar has also been rumored at Pepperdine, but as Bud Withers reported in our paper today, Gonzaga assistant Bill Grier could be one of the leading candidates for that one. Pepperdine is also thought to be interested in USC assistant Gib Arnold, a former head coach at the College of Southern Idaho. Arnold also was previously an assistant at Pepperdine.
• Here’s a link to a story about the future of the Cal Bears and whether Leon Powe will return. Never too early to start thinking about next year.
If Powe comes back, I figure Cal will be the consensus No. 2 preseason pick behind UCLA. If he doesn’t, not sure who will fill that role. UW will be a hard team to judge heading into next year with so many new faces.
• Finally, here’s a link to a column in The Connecticut Post that’s a good overview of how those Huskies are feeling right now.

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