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January 25, 2007 at 6:02 PM

Defense, defense, defense

Washington’s defensive problems have been well documented this season, but the Huskies are going to have to solve some of them to have any chance tonight.
Specifically, Washington has to cover Oregon’s three-point shooters.
The numbers bear out UW’s challenge — Oregon leads the Pac-10, making 9.32 three-pointers per game (Cal is second at 7.79) while the Huskies are seventh in three-point percentage defense, allowing teams to make almost 34 percent.
I asked Ryan Appleby earlier in the week why the Huskies are struggling to play perimeter defense and he mentioned just about everything — staying in front of players, not rotating quickly enough, and not getting on three-pointer shooters fast enough. Maybe having the energy of the home crowd will help in some of those areas tonight.
Having said that, it will be interesting to see what kind of crowd there is tonight, not so much in numbers but in enthusiasm.
As for the team’s health, the word here at the arena is that the Huskies are the healthiest they have been in a few weeks, with some of the nagging injuries to players starting to dissipate just a bit, so maybe that will help tonight, as well.

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