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Husky Men's Basketball

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

December 28, 2007 at 4:39 PM

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Have arrived in Baton Rouge, where it’s clear and in the 50s or so, though the cab driver coming in said a cold front looms. When I told him I was here for the LSU basketball game, he asked me “men’s or women’s?” which I guess is a testament to the popularity of the women’s team here, which has been a perennial power.
The Huskies practiced this afternoon at LSU and I’m told that Tim Morris practiced fine with a mask and that Ryan Appleby also moved around all right, so he should be good to go tomorrow as well. After practice, the players headed over to look at the LSU “Mike the Tiger” exhibit.
On another note, I had a chance to talk with LSU coach John Brady on Thursday and I asked him about last year’s game in Seattle, an 88-72 Husky win.
“I don’t think they ever captured the electricity they played with against us the rest of the year,” he said. “They made almost every shot they needed to make and they just overwhelmed us. We just got mugged and beat up. We tried to stop the big fella (Spencer Hawes) and then (Jon) Brockman got us.”
Indeed, that was the one game last season when everything seemed possible for the Huskies.
Hawes had maybe his best game as a Husky, scoring 23 points on 10-16 shooting and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Brockman had 19 and 14 and also played great defense on Glen “Big Baby’ Davis, holding him to eight points and snapping his streak of 48 straight games scoring in double figures.
Brady pointed out that LSU had played at Oregon State three days prior to coming to Seattle, and said the wait in between hurt his team.
“That was a game set up for disaster,” he said of the UW win last season. “We had been on the road for a week and then it rained for three days in Seattle. We kind of whipped ourselves even before we on the floor, and the energy they played with just overwhelmed us.”
Indeed, it wasn’t just Hawes and Brockman who played well that night. Quincy Pondexter came on late to score 15 points, hitting 6-12 shots, and Phil Nelson came off the bench to hit three of four three-pointers and score nine points.
The Huskies will need that kind of supporting cast help to get the win tomorrow, as well.
But the Huskies will also need big games from their revised big two — Brockman and Appleby. This is a big game for Appleby as he has long been an admirer of Pete Maravich and has been looking forward to coming here ever since the game was scheduled two years ago. He also is looking for a little redemption as he was one of the few Huskies who didn’t play well in that game last season going just 1-4 with three points in 26 minutes. He was guarded closely in that game by LSU guard Garrett Temple who is also known as the son of Collis Temple, who was the first African-American player in LSU history (Collis Temple attended the game last year in Seattle and was mistaken by a few people as Bill Russell).
I talked to Garrett Temple this week and he said he was looking forward to the challenge of again defending Appleby.
“He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor,” Temple said. “We were lucky enough to hold him to 1-4 last year. We’re going to have to shade him and figure out a way to keep him from getting his shots up. The key is just being aware of where he is the whole time.”
— Also, UW president Mark Emmert and interim Athletic Director Scott Woodward are here for the game. Emmert was the Chancellor here before coming to UW in 2004 and Woodward grew up here and worked at LSU before coming up to Seattle with Emmert.

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