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March 1, 2007 at 11:19 PM

USC postgame

Lots of positives tonight other than the gnawing feeling of wondering why the Huskies haven’t played like this all season.
But then maybe it’s just that home-road thing — UW is now 16-2 at home and 1-10 on the road.
Among the positives:
— The play of Justin Dentmon as he made three early three-pointers and had no turnovers in 32 minutes. His only other no turnover game came in 24 minutes against Idaho Nov. 29.
“I think he had a real high level of concentration,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Consequently, he did a great job of taking care of the ball.”
Dentmon said it will help his confidence heading into the UCLA game Saturday.
—- UW’s three-point shooting, as the Huskies hit 10-18. It’s the most since the Huskies made 13-26 against USC on Dec. 28.
“They worry so much about our inside that it gives us a longer look,” said UW guard Ryan Appleby, who hit 5-7.
— The Huskies did a nice job adjusting once USC made that run to cut the lead from 17 to five with under seven minutes left. At that point, UW got the ball inside a lot and Spencer Hawes scored eight of his 13 points in the final four minutes.
— Romar said center Joe Wolfinger, sidelined all season with a foot stress fracture, may be able to avoid surgery, after all. Romar had said last week that Wolfinger may need surgery after he has tried to recover without it. But Romar said the foot has responded well in recent days and for now, surgery has been postponed.
— UW clinched the No. 7 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament and will play Arizona State in the first round. The best thing about that is avoiding UCLA until the final, if UW were to get that far. UW would likely play WSU in the second round and either USC, Stanford or Arizona in the semifinals.
— To answer a question asked, I still see no way UW gets to the NCAA Tournament without winning the Pac-10 Tournament. An 8-10 conference record just won’t cut it.

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