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Husky Men's Basketball

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

January 27, 2007 at 9:43 AM

Pre-game reading

Just a few hours until gameday so we’ll take a quick look around cyberspace.
First, here’s my story today which focuses on the apparent reemergence of Justin Dentmon which is, obviously, absolutely vital for the Huskies to do anything this season.
We’ll see if this is a permanenet revival, but Dentmon definitely seems to be a more humble player than he was a few months ago. In the story, he acknowledges that he’ll probably be at UW for four years and that while he still has NBA aspirations he has to take “baby steps” in that direction. He admits that thinking too much about the pros might have been one of the things causing his game to go off course earlier in the season.
One thing that didn’t get in the story — there has been lots of discussion of whether Dentmon is a “true point guard.” I asked UW coach Lorenzo Romar about that yesterday, whether Dentmon can be successful at the “true point guard” parts of the game.
“He can do it to where it’s good enough,” Romar said.
He then went on to restate his long-held position on why he is enamored of point guards like Dentmon who can also score. When a team has a “pure point guard” who maybe can’t score too well, “it’s sometimes like playing five on four,” he said.
There isn’t much out there on Oregon State today. The Corvallis Gazette-Times has this story on Marcel Jones becoming the team’s go-to guy.
No doubt, Jones will be an interesting matchup for the Huskies today. With UW’s starting lineup, Jon Brockman would be the logical defender, but I’ve got to imagine Quincy Pondexter will see plenty of time on Jones today, as well.
I also found this blog entry from GT writer Cliff Kirkpatrick interesting as he talks about how Oregon State is attempting to rework its schedule to play as many games as possible next season after C.J. Giles becomes eligible on Dec. 8. That may be assuming, of course, that Jay John is still the coach. Hard to believe there won’t be some talk along those lines should OSU continue on its current course as he is now 26-53 in Pac-10 games.
There are also a slew of big games today around the conference. None may be more critical to UW than the North Carolina-Arizona game as the Huskies need the Pac-10 to remain viewed as the best conference in the country to help justify their poor start. Here’s a preview of that game which is tipping off as I write this. And yes, Marcus Williams is back in the lineup.

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