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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 4, 2007 at 12:34 PM

The day after

Finally back in Seattle after a full day of basketball Saturday.
I not only covered the Husky blowout but then drove up to Tempe in time to see the Cougars squeak one out against Arizona State.
In case you missed it, WSU played much the same game against ASU Saturday as did the Huskies on Thursday. The Cougars took a big first half lead, then let ASU come back before hanging on. In WSU’s case, the Cougs needed a last-second miss of a wide-open three by Christian Polk to win 48-47. Some of the parallels were eerie — UW went 5-21 from the floor against ASU in the second half after shooting better than 60 percent in the first half, while WSU was 4-20 after shooting better than 60 percent in the first half.
One thing I’ll say about ASU, the Sun Devils are one of the hardest-working teams in the conference. If UW played that hard all the time, the Huskies might have another win or two.
Here’s our coverage of yesterday’s loss, starting with the game story which is similar to much of what was posted here Saturday but has some additional information. Here, also, is the notebook focusing on Artem Wallace.
And Steve Kelley wrote a column today here today about Hawes and the issue of being a one-and-done player. As poorly as Hawes played Saturday, he is still highly thought of by the NBA — remember, drafting is as much about potential as it is about college production, and he’s a 7-footer with rare skills for a player that size.
Here, also, is the updated Pac-10 RPI from Ken Pomeroy showing the Huskies at No. 74 after Saturday’s loss.
Admittedly, after Saturday it seems a little futile to even talk about the Huskies and the RPI. I think for now we should just see if they can win these next three home games before talking about their tournament hopes again. Do that, and there’s still life. Until then, probably best not to worry about it.
Not that Pomeory thinks that’s going to happen. Here are his latest projections for the Huskies and he’s got s, UW losing six of their final eight games, which would be a 16-14 overall record and just 6-12 in conference play.
Maybe Husky fans can at least take solace in this — by losing two games this weekend, Oregon went from a tie for first in the Pac-10 to fifth. And as bad as the Huskies were, they weren’t as bad as Oregon State, which scored its fewest points in a Pac-10 game in 41 years Saturday at UCLA.
We may have more here later but I’m not promising anything with a Super Bowl yet to watch.

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