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November 28, 2006 at 4:55 PM

Previewing Idaho

The Huskies are making a lineup change for tomorrow night’s game, going with Adrian Oliver in place of Ryan Appleby at off-guard.
Not that it should matter much. Idaho is 1-4 this year and was 4-25 last season and is in definite rebuilding mode.
Here’s a look at the Vandals:
First, here’s Idaho’s season to date:
11/16 at South Dakota State W 74-66
11/19 MONTANA STATE L 72-65
11/22 at Southern Utah L 50-67
11/26 at No. 23 Gonzaga L 51-76
Second, here’s Idaho’s projected starting lineup for Wednesday:
F Clyde Johnson 6-7 Jr. 7.4
F Michael Crowell 6-7 Jr. 5.2
C Desmond Nwoke 6-8 Sr. 7.0
G Keoni Watson 5-10 Sr. 17.0
G Mario Mackey 5-10 Jr. 11.0
And here’s a quote from first-year coach George Pfeifer about facing UW:
“This week doesn’t get any easier because we are going to play the Huskies.
They offer tremendous match up problems for us with Brockman and Spencer
Hawes. Those are two could-be first team all-Pac-10 interior players. There is a
size issue there and they are really good. There are tons of challenges all over
the place. We have answer the bell as far as their pressure is concerned, we
need to take care of the basketball because they have a tendency to create
havoc in the full court, and we need to get back on defense, which has been a
challenge for us. We need to make sure to limit their transition opportunities.
We also need to take good shots and collectively help one another defensively
to try to hinder them for getting the ball places they want to get the ball.”
Here, also, was his response when asked about playing teams such as UW and Gonzaga:
“It doesn’t do us any good to play these types of teams. Right now I’m not
certain we are ready for this type of hail storm. It’s not that we are afraid of it, but
you’re asking if I like it and that’s a no. But that’s what we are going to do so
we have to accept that, knuckle down, and play the best basketball we are
capable of playing.”
Spencer Hawes, meanwhile, admits he’s looking forward to getting into the meat of the schedule.
“It’s difficult to watch all these games early because you’re like ‘man, that looks like so much fun out there,”’ Hawes said of catching contests such as GU’s win over North Carolina on TV. “But we’ve just got to be patient. We’ve got two more games until Gonzaga. We’re not looking past anybody but you are definitely kind of getting ready for that one.”
And here’s some of what Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday:
On Adrian Oliver moving into the starting lineup now: “Defensively he was not where you needed him to be early on. He turned the ball over too many times, he was thinking too much. Now he’s playing not only relaxed but playing with a level of assertiveness you like to see.”
As for what it means for Appleby, he said: “It’s not so much Ryan, it’s more what Adrian may bring to the table. We’ll see what happens in the upcoming games
It’s more a sense of what we feel he is starting to bring to this team here. If he can defend at a high level that gives us aother defender. We have been looking for a couple of defender.”
On Idaho: “They are extremely quick. They are real athletic and very quick to the ball.”
On UCLA rated No. 1 this week: “They are playing very good basketball. The way they defend is something that is not going to go away on any given night. It’s great for our conference.”
Hawes had a good quote about UCLA being No. 1 and Pitt being No. 2, each teams the Huskies will play this season: “Looks like our strength of schedule just got boosted up a little bit.”

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