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February 17, 2007 at 9:52 AM

At the arena

And what a place the Petersen Events Center is. This is nicer than any Pac-10 arena and on par with most things I’ve seen in the NBA.
But it’s also still about 15 degrees outside with snow everywhere, meaning a snazzy arena isn’t everything.
This column from Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today laments that the school hasn’t been able to attract a better claiber of recruit and is the one thing that may keep the team away from a run to the Final Four this season.
Aaron Gray, remember, was a Ben Howland recruit.
This story from the same paper previews the game in traditional fashion with some good thoughts on UW’s big men.
There was also an interesting anecdote in one of the papers today about Romar trying to hire Jamie Dixon as an assistant at UW when he took over in 2002 — Dixon was then an assistant at Pitt. As I wrote the other day, the two have known each other for more than 20 years, with Dixon saying that his performance against Romar in a summer league team helped him get his scholarship to TCU — Dixon was then in high school and Romar in the NBA.
Speaking of the NBA, there are roughly 20 NBA scouts here today to see the matchup of Gray and Spencer Hawes. I wrote about that matchup today in our preview in the Times.
It’s likely, however, that Jon Brockman will begin the game guarding Gray, though Gray figures to defend Hawes on the other end.
For those of you concerned the team was out late watching the Rookie Challenge, I should have been more clear that they went there for dinner and to begin watching it, but they were back at their hotel (which was only a few minutes away) early on.
Finally. the lineup will stay the same for today’s game.

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