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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 1, 2007 at 8:04 AM

Was Stanford loss good or bad for Huskies?

My general feeling watching the Stanford-Gonzaga game Wednesday night was that the Huskies needed the Cardinal to win to help enhance the perception of the Pac-10, especially in the wake of Arizona’s loss to North Carolina over the weekend.
The Pac-10, as we noted earlier in ithe week, has fallen to No. 3 in the RPI. Here’s an update through games of Wednesday from Ken Pomeroy.
Pomeroy, interestingly enough, has a blog today restating his case that the Pac-10 is vastly overrated.
Then, as Gonzaga pulled away in the second overtime, I started wondering if maybe the Huskies weren’t better off if Stanford lost.
Consider that the Cardinal is now 14-6 overall, potentially just a half-game better than the Huskies (who are 13-7) if UW can beat Arizona State tonight. Stanford also now has home losses to Air Force, Santa Clara and Gonzaga. It does have wins over Texas Tech and Virginia, the latter on the road, and a much better strength of schedule (you can check that out on the link above).
But the Huskies have a chance to enhance their non-conference credibility with the game at Pitt Feb. 17, and could easily end up with more overall wins than the Cardinal.
Obviously, all of this is contengent on UW going at worst 6-3 (they probably really need to go 7-2) in Pac-10 play the rest of the way. And that needs to include a wn over Stanford.
But it seems to point out again that there are still ways for the Huskies to get into the tournament if they begin taking care of their own business.
By the way, here is our coverage today, including a mid-season review, and a look at Arizona State.

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