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Husky Men's Basketball

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

November 12, 2006 at 10:23 AM

Ready for hoops

I get the sense that for a lot of you, basketball season started about the time Richard Sherman crossed midfield in the fourth quarter yesterday.
Well good thing, then, that it officially tips off tonight with the opener against Pepperdine.
First, here’s our preview of tonight’s game, just in case you missed it.
I talked with Pepperdine coach Vance Walberg for a while the other day and didn’t get a lot of it in the paper today.
So here are a few other things he said that might be of interest.
On his goals for this season taking over for Paul Westphal after last year’s 7-20 season: “The biggest thing we want to do is just get the idea of competing hard every night and take it from there.”
On the new run and gun system: “Obviously, it’s a whole different change for the kids and we are a little short-handed. We lost three kids in the summer time to different issues and so forth. When we lost them, it was too late to bring anybody else in so the only new person is my son.” Walberg’s son, Jason, is a good outside shooter and played at St. Mary’s last year but transferred after taking advantage of the new rule where players can be immediately eligible at a new school for their final l season if they have graduated in four years.
On opening with UW in his first game as coach at the four-year level: “Welcoe to Division I, that’s basically about it. It’s a good opportunity for our guys to see exactly where they are at. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Also worth nothing that Michael Gerrity, Pepperdine’s leading returning scorer from a year ago, is out with a foot injury.
As our story details, the starting lineup for UW is expected to be the same as it was for the exhibition game with coaches deciding it’s better to bring Spencer Hawes off the bench for now.

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