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January 18, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Friday morning links

Start this morning with links to my game story and notebook.
The game story focused in part on the faster-pace of the game, which seemed to suit the Huskies better — if nothing else, I thought it created a lot of times on the offensive end when UW was able to take advantage of Oregon’s defense not being quite set yet.
The notebook includes an item on the Tuesday team meeting that was apparently quite helpful in the eyes of some players. As noted, Tim Morris also said, in what I thought were some interesting comments, that the coaches had some heart-to-hearts with the players which he said also got the team back on the same page.
Something I wanted to write about but didn’t have space for was UW’s use of a zone defense near the end of the game, which UW coach Lorenzo Romar thought helped slow the Ducks down. It seemed a little odd on the surface to go to a zone against a team that was hitting so many threes. But then ASU shut down Oregon two weeks ago with its zone, and it seemed to work again by not allowing Oregon’s guards to get into the lane and kick out for three-pointers. No drive, no kick.
— For a view from the other side, here’s the gamer from the Eugene Register-Guard with telling quotes from Malik Hairston that the Huskies “wanted it more” and “turned it into a hustle game and they won that battle.” Maybe 0-3 will do that. RG columnist George Schroeder says UW won because it had better point guard play all night.
— Now comes Oregon State, and the Beavers arrive amid heavy speculation about the future of head coach Jay John. In fact, many wonder if John will make it to tomorrow’s game against UW, or to next week, something John Canzano of the Oregonian writes well about here.
Canzano got really rare in-game access to John that he also writes about on his blog here from Pullman, where OSU was beaten handily by Washington State.
— The John siituation adds a lot of intrigue to tomorrow’s game. But for UW, it’s simply another must-win and one that may not be as easy as it would seem. UW has struggled at times with John’s teams through the years, including losses in Corvallis two of the last three years and two home wins in the past four years that came down to the final shot. OSU is another team that generally likes to slow the tempo, which obviously doesn’t always fit the Huskies.
— In other Pac-10 games, Stanford held on to beat Arizona and send the Wildcats to 1-3 in Pac-10 play, which as far as I can tell is UA’s worst conference start since 83-84, Lute Olson’s first season. ASU, meanwhile, continued to show it’s for real by winning at Cal in double overtime.

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