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February 5, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Answering some questions

Kristian asked a couple of questions and I’m having my own trouble posting on the comments section, so I’ll just put the answers here:
The first was wondering why WSU’s non-conference SOS rating is so low especially considering a few opponents made the NCAA tournament last year. WSU’s non-conference SOS this week is 298.
I think it’s so low because a lot of those teams WSU has played haven’t turned out to be good this year. That they were tourney teams last year is irrelevant — the rating is based on performance this season. Utah, for instance, is 8-14, UAB is 11-11, etc. Only three of WSU’s non-conference games were road games, and one was against Idaho and the other was a loss to Utah, so that hasn’t helped much.
The Pac-10’s overall RPI remains No. 3, to answer another question.
As for why ASU played so well against both the Cougars and Huskies in the second half —- against both teams, the Sun Devils made a subtle change in their zone defense at the half. Against UW, ASU moved a defender from inside out to the high post to try to take away all those shots Spencer Hawes and others were getting from the FT line-area early. Against WSU, the Sun Devils brought the defense out further on the perimeter, making it almost man-to-man at times. Obviously, neither WSU nor UW reacted real well. But mostly, ASU justkept playing really hard. ASU needs another player or two to compete, but they guys they do have are really trying.

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