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January 17, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Today’s links

My story today focused on two things — the importance of the next few weeks for the Huskies and the need for their offense to improve.
It’s obvious as can be that at 0-3, the Huskies need to start winning Pac-10 games immediately or get left too far behind to really do much. UW did pull off a comeback from 0-5 in 2004, as I reference in the story, but that’s the only time a Pac-10 team has done that. Reality is, the odds are already long that UW could climb back to the 10-8 that is probably necessary to get an NCAA tourney bid, but any more losses and those odds become as astronomical as Clay Bennett winning Seattle business person of the year honors.
I still think 10-8 for any Pac-10 team that can achieve it will get into the tournament (other than Oregon State, which went just 6-6 in non-conference play). The Pac-10 is No. 2 in the RPI today, so the carrot is there (and while I readily admit that the Huskies look nothing like an NCAA tourney team right now, I figure it’s worth talking about until it’s not since that is the biggest goal any team has every season).
As I point out in the story, UW has six of its next eight at home, so we’ll know by Feb. 10 just where this season is heading — either into the last four weeks with some hope, or playing out the string and dreaming of a miracle in the conference tournament (and/or a bid in one of the other, lesser, post-season tournaments.)
IN OTHER NEWS:
— Here’s a preview box from the Oregonian.
— Here’s an update on Oregon’s new arena.
— Here’s the Eugene Register-Guard’s take on UW’s offensive woes.
— And in looking ahead to Saturday, the Oregonian has this story on the apparently bleak future of Oregon State coach Jay John.

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