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March 4, 2007 at 5:57 AM

The day after

I’m headed off for a day of skiing, but thought I would post a few things on my way out.
First, here’s a quite encouraging column for Husky fans by Steve Kelley on the rumblings that Spencer Hawes is suddenly leaning toward staying for at least one more year. As quoted in the column, Hawes won’t say much publicly one way or the other. But some close to him, including his closest teammate, Jon Brockman, hint that he’s thinking more about it now than ever.
Brockman told me much the same the other day when he said that “this team is becoming more and more important to him.”
Here, also, is our game story, focusing on the Huskies finally appearing to grow up; as well as our notebook, which leads off with Ryan Appleby’s defensive effort on Arron Afflalo and that of Justin Dentmon on Darren Collison. Continuing to play defense like that is the key to making a long Pac-10 tournament run.
Here are a few views from the other side: here’s theLA Times, centering on the uninspired Bruins angle; and the LA Daily News on Collison’s bad day.
Also of interest in the Daily News is this story on Campbell Hall winning the CIF-SS Division III championship led by Jrue and Justin Holiday. Justin has already signed with UW and Jrue, a junior, is seriously considering the Huskies.
Here, also, are the updated RPI numbers for the Pac-10 with the Huskies up to 74.
They were in the 90’s before the weekend, evidence of how much impact a few quality wins can make.
Not sure RPI matters much, however. I talked with a few people around the program and some colleagues Saturday to determine whether UW has any shot other than winning the Pac-10 title and the general consensus was no — remember, no conference team has ever gotten an at-large bid with a conference record worse than 10-8 (UW is 8-10) and no more than six teams have ever been invited (Washington is seventh). But if UW were to win at least three in LA, it could get a little interesting.

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