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January 17, 2007 at 9:11 PM

So how young are the Huskies?

I was considering again just how relevant the youth issue is when considering what’s ailing the Huskies when I heard an interview with WSU guard Derrick Low on KJR-AM.
When he was asked why the Cougars are better this season his response, essentially, was that the Cougars were a young team the last two years that now has matured.
No, youth doesn’t excuse everything, and as Lorenzo Romar himself has said, at some point, it stops being even a good explanation.
Yet, it’s hard to overlook when examaning the Huskies.
I broke down the other Pac-10 lineups to see just where the Huskies stand.
Here are the classes for the expected starting lineups of Pac-10 teams this week:
Arizona — Two seniors, one junior, one sophomore, one freshman.
Arizona State – One senior, one junior, one sophomore, two freshmen.
Cal — One senior, one junior, one sophomore, two freshmen.
Oregon — One senior, three juniors, one freshman.
Oregon State — One senior, three juniors, one freshmen.
Stanford — One senior, two sophomores, two freshmen.
UCLA — Two juniors, three sophomores.
USC — One senior, two juniors, two freshmen.
Washington State — One senior, three juniors, one sophomore.
Washington — One junior, one sophomore, three freshmen.
Consider further that UW’s top two reserves are a freshmen and a sophomore. So by any estimation, the Huskies are the youngest team in the Pac-10 this year.
A few people have brought up North Carolina as a team as young as the Huskies having success. That’s certainly true. On the other hand, it’s also about as big a compliment as Romar could get as no one would have even legitimately compared UW to North Carolina A&T, let alone the Tar Heels, when he took over in 2002.

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