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February 12, 2007 at 8:55 AM

The morning after

Here’s what’s percolating the morning after one of UW’s biggest wins of the season:
First, here’s our coverage, beginning with Steve Kelley’s column on Spencer Hawes. Steve staunchly defends Hawes, pointing out that when healthy, Hawes has done what would have been expected of him this season.
Here’s my game story focusing on the improved defensive effort Sunday. Stanford didn’t play well, either, but it takes two to tango and I think a lot of the Cardinal’s struggle had to do with Washington’s renewed focus on defense.
And here’s the notebook looking ahead to Wednesday’s game against WSU, which looms large for reasons personal and practical.
Before Husky fans get too excited, however, Jake Curtis of the San Francisco Chronicle points out that Stanford’s fortunes changed greatly once guard Anthony Goods sprained his ankle midway through the second half. Goods wasn’t exactly tearing it up before getting hurt, however, as he was 1-6 for three points in 23 minutes with four turnovers before leaving. For all the focus on Justin Dentmon’s lackluster offense yesterday, that defense has to be taken into account, as well.
Here’s the view from the San Jose Mercury News reporting that Goods could be out a while.
If so, and if Stanford has trouble recovering, maybe the Cardinal is the team that the Huskies can slip past to get into sixth place. Stanford, however, finishes with four of six at home, and two figure to be sure wins against Oregon State and Arizona State. The other four, however, are tough — Oregon, Arizona and at USC and UCLA.
The weekend didn’t have much impact on UW’s RPI. The Huskies are still No. 74. The Pac-10 remains No.3 and UCLA remains No. 1 with the Bruins not suffering despite the loss to at West Virginia. The key word there being “at” as the RPI is particularly forgiving for road defeats, and rewarding of road wins.
To answer a couple of things — The coaches wore sneakers as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer weekend sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. They do it every year around this time.
As for Dentmon, I haven’t heard him complain about his thumb in a while so I don’t know if that’s an issue or not. The last time I asked him about it he downplayed it and said it wasn’t a real problem.

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