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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 8, 2007 at 7:03 PM

Big men take center stage

We’re still about two hours to go before tipoff of the UW-WSU game here.
Which gives some more time for breaking it down.
One point of speculation is how WSU will matchup on UW inside.
In the game in Seattle three weeks ago, the Cougars mostly used Ivory Clark and Robbie Cowgill inside, with Aron Baynes getting 18 minutes off the bench.
Since then, however, WSU has altered its lineup, with Baynes starting and Clark sitting.
That’s a significant difference in stature as Baynes is 6-10 while Clark is 6-6. Clark especially seemed to bother Spencer Hawes with his quickness, especially in that last five minutes when the Cougars held UW’s interior players scoreless.
But Baynes is obviously a much bigger body to put on Hawes, who scored 22 points and hit 7-12 shots and 8-11 free throws.
Figure that Baynes will start on Hawes and the 6-10 Cowgill on Brockman.
Baynes also changes things for UW on the defensive end, as well, as he has suddenly become an offensive force, averaging 16.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in the last three games. That includes a standout performance against USC Saturday when he had 25 points in 34 minutes, hitting all 10 of his shots.
I asked one coach down here about WSU’s change in personnel and he said it makes the Cougars much better suited for a long NCAA Tournament run as Baynes poses a lot more problems than does Clark due to his size.
For the Huskies, the trick will be staying out of foul trouble.
One thing we haven’t noted much is that the Huskies got no bench scoring against Arizona State, with the bench only playing 37 minutes.

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