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February 20, 2007 at 5:59 PM

On Nelson and not playing

A couple of you have asked why Phil Nelson didn’t play against Pitt Saturday.
I think it’s as simple as looking at his numbers of late — he hadn’t scored in his three games prior to Pitt and had just two points in each of the two before that.
The official reason was simply that other guys were playing better, namely Adrian Oliver, who set a career-high with 32 minutes against Pitt.
The Pitt game wasn’t real up-and-down, so the Huskies didn’t need to go deep into the bench, and they didn’t, with six players getting all but 17 of the minutes.
Nelson today said “I didn’t expect it” that he didn’t play at all, and that it was the first time it’s happened in his career. But he said he knows the coaches want him to work on some things, mainly on the defensive end.
“The biggest thing is competing, playing hard, maybe I haven’t been doing the things they want me to do as well as I used to,” he said. “It’s just playing hard. Maybe they don’t think I’m playing hard enough.”
He’s obviously hoping to play this week as UW travels to his home state of Oregon — he’s from Keizer, Ore., and was recruited by both schools and said he has a lot of friends at Oregon and Oregon State.
He said he’s already gotten a few calls from a few of his friends about making his return — as well as a few that haven’t been as friendly.
“They say stuff about ‘be ready for The Pit’ and the Appleby incident last year,” he said. “Just trying to get in your head and scare you a little bit.”

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