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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 5, 2007 at 9:27 AM

The morning after

Here’s some further reading material on the events of last night:
— First, here’s a column by the Arizona Daily Star’s Greg Hansen, calling Arizona’s performance last night one to remember. It’s important for Huskies fans to remember, as well, that while UW did some things to lead to the defeat, the Wildcats played exceptionally well themselves.
— Here’s the game story from the Daily Star that highlights how well Arizona played as a team last night, with four players scoring 20 or more points.
— Here’s a story from the Tucson Citizen giving some of the credit for Arizona’s win to the fact that the Wildcats played a tough non-conference schedule and were ready to go on the road and win in Pac-10 play.
— Here’s our coverage, which includes this game story, this notebook and this column from Steve Kelley The notebook includes the contrasting reactions from Quincy Pondexter and Justin Dentmon to being benched. Pondexter responded by tying a career-high with 25 points while Dentmon played a career-low 14 minutes and seemed a little confused by it afterward.
The notebook also includes Lorenzo Romar’s explanation for the lineup changes.
The game story, meanwhile, details Romar’s explanation for staying in the zone defense much of the second half, and the amazement by UW players that Arizona could shoot as well as it did for the entire game.
Basically, the Huskies just didn’t think Arizona would be able to win the game by shooting three-pointers. As Romar said, the Huskies took a gamble and lost.
And looking ahead, here’s a story from the Arizona Republic on Arizona State’s loss last night in Pullman. The story includes the weather problems in Pullman which helped keep the crowd to just 2,504 last night.
We’ll have more later from UW’s practice when we’ll get further explanations on last night and a look ahead to the ASU game on Saturday.
Also, here are a couple of notes that made it into some editions of the paper and online, but not into others:
— Freshman center Joe Wolfinger had hoped that the New Year would bring a new outlook on his injured foot, which has kept him out all season. Wolfinger was diagnosed with a stress fracture in late September and has had his foot immobilized since. Romar said a few weeks ago Wolfinger might be able to take the boot off and have the foot evaluated shortly after the New Year.
But Wolfinger said Thursday that it will still be two weeks to a month before taking off the boot.
“It’s going to be a while,” he said glumly.
Wolfinger redshirted last year and could return to play this season if he gets healthy. If he doesn’t play, he may petition for a sixth year of eligibility.
— Fans who root for both the Huskies and Seahawks will have a tough decision Saturday as UW’s basketball game with Arizona State tips off at 5 p.m. — the same time the Seahawks’ playoff game against Dallas is scheduled to begin.
The time for UW’s game was set months ago to fit in with FSN’s TV schedule so there is no opportunity to change the time. A UW official said the Huskies might have considered changing the time if not constrained by TV.
The good news for UW is that the game is close to a sellout so the Huskies won’t take a financial hit from fans who may decide to watch the Seahawks instead.

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