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February 15, 2007 at 9:15 AM

The mourning after

Lots of stuff to read today on what might have been the toughest loss of the season given everything — the Huskies were healthy and played their hearts out, yet still came up short.
Here’s the game story, focusing on the last 3:31 when UW went 0-8 and didn’t score. Here’s the notebook, focusing on the unlikely contribution of WSU’s Taylor Rochestie. And here’s Jerry Brewer’s column on the long road UW now faces, one that likely is ending in the NIT now.
Here’s the view from the other side from Glenn Kasses’ blog at the Spokesman-Review.
Probably doesn’t matter too much anymore, but here are the updated Pac-10 RPI numbers showing the Huskies now at No. 80.
Also from Pomeroy are his updated predictions on how UW will do based on his statistical models. I hate to point out that he’s been pretty much right on all season. If he continues to be as prescient, UW will win just one more the rest of the way.
As an aside, I wrote on here several times yesterday that the Huskies would need to make some outside shots to win this one as the Cougars like to pack the defense inside to keep the ball out of the paint.
And of all of UW’s problems right now, finding another perimeter scorer is suddenly becoming paramount. In terms of offense, anyway, guys like Quincy Pondexter, Adrian Oliver and Phil Nelson have disappeared.
Pondexter hasn’t hit double figures since the first WSU game, with that coming mostly in garbage time; Oliver has 14 points in the last five games and Nelson has just four points in the last five games.
Ryan Appleby is just about UW’s only consistent three-point shooter at the moment — in Pac-10 play, he has accounted for 37 of UW’s 75 three-pointers. No one else has more than nine (Nelson, none since Jan. 27 against Oregon State).
Last night is the perfect example of a game where Joel Smith might have made a big difference. You saw what the Cougars got off the bench in a relative veteran like Rochestie (he’s only a sophomore but he’s a third-year guy who was a starter at Tulane two years ago). When the Huskies were just aching for someone to hit something from the outside to open up the inside, Smith might have been the one to get it done.

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