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February 22, 2007 at 10:17 PM

Aftermath of a disaster

It’s hard to even know what to say after that one.
I could break down a few numbers — like how UW lost its most turnovers (21) since the UCLA game on Dec. 31, or how the Huskies allowed Oregon State to get a season-high 14 steals (admittedly one and the same), or how UW got just three points off its bench.
But mostly, it’s just time to realize that this team is unlikely to become the team everyone thought it would at the beginning of the season. More often than not, this is how it has played this season — seemingly without passion on defense and without chemistry on offense.
A few of us talked to Brandon Roy at halftime and asked him what he thought was going on and he mentioned “inexperience and inconsistency with their guard play.”
That probably about covers it in a nut shell, and you saw all of that tonight.
UW again came out flat, passive, unfocused — whatever words you want to use — and let Oregon State take control early, signs of a team that hasn’t yet realized what it takes to win on the road, or win consistently.
And the guards were again a mess. Justin Dentmon and Ryan Appleby combined to go 5-20 from the field with nine turnovers and just six assists. Appleby didn’t hit a three-pointer until the final minute and Dentmon had six turnovers by himself.
And don’t be fooled by the three throw totals. The refs weren’t a factor in this one even though OSU shot 42 free throws to UW’s 10. Instead, the Huskies tried to get back in the game by fouling — smart, considering OSU’s free throw shooting woes — and the Beavers attempted 28 in the final two-and-a-half minutes.
The UW locker room was predictably somber and the Huskies were as harsh on themselves as anyone else could be.
Asked if it was embarassing to play like that in front of Brandon Roy, Jon Brockman said “that was an embarassing performance in front of anyone.”
Brockman said that “everyone knows we should be playing better” but seemed perplexed at what the problems are.
“But we’ve got to figure something out,” he said. “I’m not the type of person to belly up and roll over.”
UW coach Lorenzo Romar, meanwhile, all but admitted that the NCAA Tournament hopes are dead after having remained optimistic until now. “With this loss it makes it real tough to get an at-large berth,” he said.
UW is also now almost certainly relegated to being the No. 7 seed (or maybe even No. 8) at the Pac-10 Tournament, meaning it would have to win four games in four days to take that title — something that is impossible to envision right now.

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