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Husky Men's Basketball

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December 11, 2006 at 8:12 PM

Monday meanderings

Was away for a while today so didn’t get this posted until now.
First, here’s my story from today focusing on UW’s (lack of) defense against Gonzaga. If, as they say, the first step toward fixing a problem is admitting that you have one, then the Huskies are on the right path as there was no dispute from players or coaches about what ailed UW most against the Bulldogs Saturday.
In a quote that didn’t make it in the story, Jon Brockman said “the biggest gap we had was on the defensive end. There is no way you are going to win a game when you are giving up 60 points in a half, which is close to what we gave up (actually 56). Defensive stops are what kickstart your offense and get you out on the break. When you are constantly grabbing the ball out of the net, it makes it real tough to get into your offense. Then they can get back into their defense.”
The stats bore that out as UW had just two fast break points against Gonzaga, a sign that the Huskies weren’t creating their own opportunities.
Gonzaga shot 50.7 percent for the game —- the previous high against UW was 45.3 percent by both Pepperdine and Northern Iowa.
Asked what he thought led to UW’s defensive problems against Gonzaga, Spencer Hawes said “discipline, communication. Obviously it was hard to communicate in an atmosphere like that.”
But the Huskies had better figure out how as they will obviously have to learn how to win on the road reach any of their goals this season.
— Next, here’s my AP poll for today, and you’ll see I was a little harsher on the Huskies than were a lot of other people. UW is 17th in the national poll but 24th in mine. As I looked around, a lot of other teams have done more than UW has to date and, I thought, deserved to be ranked ahead of them given the events of the weekend. UW will have ample chances to climb back up in the coming days, however, with a home game against LSU on Dec. 20 and at UCLA on Dec. 31.
And I’m sure you’ll notice that I have Oregon ahead of UW. I don’t think you can argue, however, that so far, the Ducks — who have won at Georgetown and beat a Nebraska team that has a win over a then-ranked Creighton squad — have done more than the Huskies. The toughest team to leave out was Air Force, which made it into the national poll and was 26th on mine. But I still just think Nevada is the better overall team (a loss to an improving UNLV team isn’t as bad as it might appear at first glance).
WEEK SIX
1, UCLA
2, Pitt
3, North Carolina
4, Ohio State
5, Duke
6, Arizona
7, Florida
8, Alabama
9, Wichita State
10, Wisconsin
11, Kansas
12, Connecticut
13, Oklahoma State
14, Butler
15, LSU
16, Texas A&M
17, Notre Dame
18, Gonzaga
19, Memphis
20, Oregon
21, Texas
22, Marquette
23, Purdue
24, Washington
25, Nevada

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