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November 15, 2007 at 5:32 PM

Some notes and links

As the heading says. ….
— One of you made a great point about the value of winning last night. Not only is it a great experience for the Huskies, but getting two games against the likes of Texas A&M and either Syrcause or Ohio State will do wonders for UW’s strength of schedule. That is especially critical this year with the Pac-10 figuring to be so competitive. I think the Pac-10 will likely get six teams in, and maybe seven, but since getting a gaudy conference record will be harder than ever, doing well in the non-conference will be especially important. The two games in New York will only help UW’s quest in all of those regards.
— Sagarin has UW ranked 28th in the nation and fifth in the Pac-10 after last night. But beating Utah didn’t help the SOS much as UW is at 277 after two games, further making the point above about how much getting to New York will help UW’s schedule strength.
— One really underrated stat from last night was UW’s dominance on the boards in the second half. UW had a 17-16 edge in the first half but was at 23-10 for the game for an overall edge of 40-26 and it was almost all due to Jon Brockman. Brockman had 13 rebounds in the second half, which was just one shy of his career-high for a game. Strangely, no other Husky had more than three rebounds for the game.
— Some of you have asked why Artem Wallace didn’t play at all. I think UW coaches probably intended for him to at some point, given the challenges of defending Luke Nevill. But Brockman was able to play 37 minutes since he picked up only one foul all night — he played all 20 minutes in the second half — while Nevill fouled out and played just 13 minutes in the second half. There’s no question Wallace is kind of on the far edges of the rotation right now with both Joe Wolfinger and Matthew Bryan-Amaning new to the team this year (in terms of being able to play) and having moved ahead of Wallace.
— The UW sports information department passed along the note today that the Huskies played at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 30, 1941, their only appearance there. The Huskies won 72-38 over New York University on Dec. 30, 1941. Here’s a lead paragraph from a NY Times story covering the event. “The University of Washington basketball forces struck unbeaten New York University with cyclone fury at Madison Square Garden last night, virtually swept the Violet off the court with the fastest-breaking attack seen hereabouts in many a moon and cracked three Garden scoring records in achieveing a 72-38 victory.”
— Here’s a pretty good pre-season overview of Texas A&M.
— Here’s the ESPN team page on A&M. As you can see, they have a freshman 7-footer in DeAndre Jordan who will pose problems inside. But the team’s best player may be 6-7 forward Josh Carter. Here’s a scouting report of Carter from NBADraft.net.
— Here’s a game story on A&M’s win last night. And another.
— Remember that UW has another game before leaving for New York, playing Eastern Washington Sunday at 3 p.m.

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