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Husky Men's Basketball

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February 22, 2007 at 8:49 AM

Off to Corvallis

I’m just about to begin the drive to Corvallis for the latest “must-win” game for the Huskies, a phrase, I’ll admit, but has been overused by all of us this season. It’s just been the weird nature of this season that the Huskies keep seeming to have a chance.
The time for that is just about over, however —- the Huskies have to win two this weekend, which is why I decided to write about their NCAA Tournament chances one more time today.
I talked with former UCLA coach Steve Lavin, who is now an analyst for ESPN, for a while Wednesday after hearing that he has been consistently predicting that the Huskies are going to make it in. He did so again Sunday, saying he expects UW to win its last four games and make it in, possibly as the seventh seed from the conference.
I asked Lavin flatout if he was just being nice to Lorenzo Romar, who is a good friend. No, he insisted.
“They really remind me of our team in 2000,” Lavin said, then began telling me the story of the 1999-2000 Bruins who started off 4-8 in Pac-10 play, then won their last six to get an at-large bid. That got the Bruins in at 10-8 in Pac-10 play and 19-11 overall. That team beat only two ranked teams all year, but one was No. 1 Stanford on the road late in the season.
The Bruins went on to advance to the Sweet 16.
I asked Lavin why he thinks the Huskies are going to pull it off.
“This conference is so strong this year, you can be improving incrementally but not necessarily see the wins and losses,” Lavin said. “When I look at the games they played, the strength of the Pac-10, the fact that they fared well against Pitt in a tough environment, that they’ve won five of seven games in a league that is going to send at least six to the tournament and you factor in all of their young players — you just know they are going to learn from those experiences.”
To further preview tonight’s game, here’s a little reading:
First, here’s a story from the Oregonian assessing the tournament chances of the entire Pac-10.
And here are a pair of interesting stories from the Corvallis Gazette-Times. First, a story on OSU coach Jay John getting a vote of confidence despite being headed to a fourth losing season in five years; and a look at a pair of redshirting OSU players, including C.J. Giles.

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