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January 25, 2007 at 9:50 AM

On Dentmon, and more

First this morning, I’ll alert you to the coverage in our paper of today’s game against Oregon.
Here is Steve Kelley’s column, where he makes the point that tonight is pretty much make-or-break for the Huskies. Fall to 1-7 and it’s hard to see a way out. Even at 1-6, the odds of getting to the tournament are long. But win this one and there is life, particularly with the next two games coming against Oregon State and Arizona State.
The Pac-10 is so strong this year that 9-9, as long as it comes wrapped in a strong finish and at least a top six standing in the conference, might do it.
Here, also, is my preview, where I point out some of the similarities between where Oregon was a year ago and UW is now.
As for the question on Justin Dentmon, I don’t think there is just one answer for what has happened to him this season.
It’s a little bit of everything — he’s struggling to adjust to playing without Brandon Roy as a security blanket beside him; he put too much pressure on himself to be the new go-to guy in the backcourt; he maybe didn’t come to camp in as good a shape as he needed to be in; maybe he was thinking too much about his future and not enough on the present; maybe he got caught up in his success of last season and figured it would come easily this year. I think all of those have some validity.
The coaches definitely thought he had made a breakthrough on the Bay Area trip, especially on the defensive end, which they see as the most important area of need right now. When you’ve heard Lorenzo Romar talk about Dentmon needing to bring more energy to the game, that’s what he’s been referring to primarily — defense.
Everybody took a step back against WSU, Dentmon included, but the fact that was such an overall disaster makes it hard to really judge any one facet.
Romar said this week that “he turned the corner in the Bay Area so he’s on his way back to doing the things we’d like to see him do. Everybody had lapses against WSU — the coaches had lapses in that game. But we’re excited to see him on his way back.”

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