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February 3, 2007 at 9:26 AM

At the arena

About an hour before tipoff and most of the players on both teams are shooting around. Spencer Hawes is having a rather lengthy conversation with Chase Budinger at midcourt as I write this.
The overriding theme of this is one is two teams in desperate need of a big win after surprising free falls in the first half of the Pac-10 season.
Here’s my story today including the note that Arizona may make another change to its starting lineup with Jawann McClellan moving to the bench to make way for Jordan Hill and the return to health of Marcus Williams.
Here’s a story from the Arizona Daily Star with a title that just about perfectly sums it up — From Promise to Free Fall in a Month.”
Here, also, is the Daily Star’s scouting report.
Here’s a link to the coverage in the Tucson Citizen, which focused on Hill becoming a starter for the Wildcats.
A couple of my keys today:
1,The Huskies have to not fall behind early. Sounds obvious, but this is still a team with some shaky confidence, and the road games where it was blown out, it was blown out early and never recovered, while the ones in which it won or was competitive, it got ahead or at least stayed right there early on. But this is particularly key today as Arizona also has a fragile psyche right now given its slump. The reaction of both the Arizona players and crowd today figures to be interesting.
2, The Huskies have to shoot well. Another that sounds like a no-brainer. UW has shot better than 50 percent on the road only once all year — at UCLA, which was mostly because it made a few shots late after the game had been long decided.
3, UW has to force some turnovers. The Huskies are at their best when they get some steals and get out in transition. Considering that in the last three games, all wins, UW has averaged eight steals. In the previous three, all losses, UW averaged three.

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