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Husky Men's Basketball

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August 13, 2007 at 1:08 PM

ESPN lauds Pac-10

Here’s ESPN’s Pac-10 summer preview, which a few of you sent along my way, and it’s awful darn complimentary of the conference.
In the piece, analyst Doug Gottlieb says that the conference “is the best league (in the country) by a sizable margin.”
Of course, Gottlieb also then says that USC could be headed to the Final Four, something that seems like a rather out-there pick, though also obviously showing a lot of confidence in O.J. Mayo.
Gottlieb also strains credibility a bit by saying this is UW’s most-experienced team since the No. 1 seed three years ago. Not quite true since it was the year after that when the Huskies started four seniors, including some guy named Brandon Roy. Probably just a slip-of-the-keystroke but the kind of thing that always makes you wonder how much anyone is really paying attention to what’s going on out here.
Gottlieb also includes Chamberlain Oguchi as a sure-fire returnee at Oregon. Maybe he’s heard something that hasn’t been reported yet as all the most recent word is that Oguchi is thinking of returning but hadn’t yet officially decided (unless I’ve missed something in the last few days). Oguchi had said after the season he was leaving Oregon, but apparently had trouble deciding where else he might want to go and was considering just staying in Eugene. If he does stay, that will obviously make Oregon that much deeper in the backcourt.
In another part of the piece, ESPN mentions UW’s improved schedule for this season, and that is right on the mark. What kind of misses the point, however, is the assertion that it was done as a reaction to what happened a year ago. In reality, most of this year’s schedule was put in place before last season began as both the Pitt and LSU games are return dates, and the NIT and Big 12 Challenge were in the works long ago. Certainly, it will look a case of UW beefing up the schedule as a result of what happened last season, but it’s really not the case. It’s mostly just how things worked out.

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