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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 17, 2007 at 8:00 PM

UCLA hangs on, WSU doesn’t

It’s all done here in Sacramento, and I have to admit I’m not feeling real confident about my pick of UCLA to the final game right now. The Bruins just don’t seem to be playing real well right now, though Indiana had something to do with it.
But the Bruins have survived, and I remember that they kind of looked like that last year when they beat Alabama in the second round, a game I also got to see some of as it was played at the same site as UW’s win over Illinois.
As for the Cougars, that game bore out what has long been a thought of mine about basketball — the team with the best player will eventually win. Derrick Byars is really, really good and reminded me a lot of Brandon Roy both in game and manner — he’s noted for his unselfishness and seems soft-spoken and good-natured in interviews.
I asked Kyle Weaver after the game about a comparison to Roy, however, ane he said no.
“He shoots the three a little more than anyone in the Pac-10,” Weaver said of Byars, who attempted 196 before Saturday, almost half of his 419 shots overall.
So the Pac-10 is now 5-3 with USC and Oregon going tomorrow, each in Spokane. The Pac-10 has had at least two teams reach the Sweet 16 each of the last two years — Washington each time, obviously, along with Arizona two years ago and UCLA last year —- so at least one needs to win to keep that streak alive.

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