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January 26, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Arizona game thread

UW LOSES THIS ONE — The Huskies will obviously take a split, but they were obviously hoping for more here today. Huskies exposed quite a bit here and now UW is in a little more precarious state as it heads home for four in a row. I’ll have more later.
THIS ONE’S OVER — I’ve been guilty of calling a game over too early a few times before, but don’t think there’s any danger here as UA is 73-49 with 6:47 left. The Huskies just have no answers for Arizona’s perimeter players. And the zone didn’t work at all as UA is unconcious shooting right now.
UA UP 60-43 — Wolfinger has five points, or more than minutes he had played in Pac-10 games prior to today (four). Which calls to mind that Artem Wallace had a career game here last year in a blowout loss.
ON FSN — I don’t know for sure, but the only reason I can think that FSN didn’t switch to the Husky game is that it was contractually obligated to stay with the preceding game. Some games are FSN broadcasts, which means they are on the entire network and not just regional, and they have to carry the whole thing contractually. Not sure on this but that’s one guess for those who have asked.
UW DOWN 52-36 — Through four minutes of the second half little evidence to think anything about this one is going to change. UW’s guards are simply having trouble staying with Arizona’s.
WALTERS BOTHERING BROCKMAN — As noted earlier, Arizona gave a rare start to 6-11 Kirk Walters using him to defend Brockman. Brockman has 12 points but just missed on two shots in which he appeared to be bothered by Walters.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS:
— UW has to stop Arizona’s penetration as the drive and kicks are killing the Huskies.
— Joe Wolfinger got his first significant action in Pac-10 play but picked up two quick fouls, one eight seconds into his arrival, and lasted just two minutes. He hit a jumper but also was blocked inside and had a turnover.
— Venoy Overton looks like a freshman in this one as he has had trouble defensively and has no points and one assist in eight minutes.
— UW’s guards are having trouble getting open looks. UW is 13-28 shooting but Brockman is 5-6 meaning everyone else is 8-22.
— Arizona on a pace for 90 points something it used to do all the time but has done just once this year with 91 against Fullerton State.
— UW also has no answer for Jordan Hill, who has 13 points, but the early foul trouble has led to some tentativeness down low and Hill has had a few easy buckets of late.
BAD LAST MINUTE — UW had the ball and a chance to be down just six with just over a minute left in the half. Instead, the Huskies are down 45-32 at the break. Dentmon took a hurried J that missed with 1:06 left and Nic Wise hit a three for Arizona. Then Joel Smith rushed another J on the other end and Wise responded with a layin for Arizona. Arizona is shooting 16-23 for the half as UW was lax on defense early and then got tentative once all the fouls started being whistled.
HUSKIES TRYING TO COPE WITH FOULS — UW has 11 fouls which is probably why the Huskies just went to a 2-3 zone. Arizona shot threes on the first three possessions against the zone, making two, so UW may be forced out of it just as quickly.
ARIZONA UP 30-21 — Reading that most of you haven’t been able to see any of the game yet. The overriding theme so far are the fouls — 16 combined so far as I noted below. Not much flow to this one due to all the stoppages. Arizona came out hot hitting 8-10 shots and has been in the lead almost all the way. Brockman got two early fouls for UW and has been on the bench since the 15:33 mark but just came back at the 7:51 mark.
FOUL FEST — These are the kinds of games that give Pac-10 officials their reputation as this is one of the more over-officiated games we’ve seen this season. UW has nine fouls with nine minutes to go in the half.
(at the 7:51 mark of the first half there have been 16 fouls called.
BROCKMAN OUT — Jon Brockman played only 17 minutes here last season after getting into foul trouble and he’s been out the last four minutes after picking up two early fouls here today. But UW is surviving so far, down just 18-17.
ZONA COMES OUT BLAZING — Wildcats have hit 6-7 shots to begin the game with Jerryd Bayless going 3-3 and Chase Budinger 2-3. UW is in man defense but Tim Morris had trouble with Budinger and Venoy Overton lost Bayless a couple times. Kirk Walters got a surprise start for Arizona at center and guarded Brockman a few times. The 6-11 Walters had played just eight minutes in Pac-10 play before today.
WILL PAC-10 GET MORE THAN SIX INVITES? — Never really got back to the discussion the other night of how many Pac-10 teams will get NCAA tourney berths. The record, as several of you pointed out, is six, which happened last season and in 2002. ESPN’s Bracketology this week has six Pac-10 teams but has USC as its first team out, meaning seven in the top 65. Arizona coach Kevin O’Neill said Friday that nine Pac-10 teams could win a tournament game and nine Pac-10 teams could win the NIT if they were invited to that tournament. UW is going to have to win a game like today’s somewhere down the road to be in legitimate NCAA conversation.
PRE-GAME — About 30 minutes to tip off as I write this, and those of us in the Seattle media contingent are bracing for an interesting afternoon. They have placed us along the baseline right in front of the Arizona student section, which like the Dawg Pack has its own “cheat sheet” of cheers with which to pepper the UW players. Looks like Artem Wallace could be a particular targert for his midnight ride down Alki last spring.
Being on the road also allows you to get a different perspective of the team you cover. Was walking along a corridor here and overheard two Arizona fans talking. One said to the other “Appleby must be an eighth-year senior. That guy has been here forever.” In fact, this is just Appleby’s third game here. He was 1-10 here last year when the Huskies got crushed but had 14 points in UW’s win here in 2006.
Starting lineup for UW will be the same.

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