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January 31, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Stanford game thread

CAL BEATS WSU, NOW HEADED TO SEATTLE — The Cougars continue to show some chinks in the armor, now having lost two of three and barely escaping in the other. What it means to UW is a revived Cal team coming to Seattle Saturday. All for now but I’ll chip in with some post-game notes and quotes later.
THE ROUT IS ON — Sorry, not much to add of late. Brook Lopez has a career-high 31 points and UW is shooting 14-46, so more of the same from the first half. A bright spot for UW is the 14 points and seven rebounds of Quincy Pondexter, surely motivated a bit playing against his former high school teammates, the Lopez twins.
BTW — UW is back in a man defense after playing zone for a while at the beginning of the half.
FT WOES CONTINUE — The Huskies were 3-13 at the line before Joe Wolfinger made the last of three he attempted after being fouled on a three-pointer. UW has scored five in a row to force a Stanford time out but the Huskies are still down 47-31 with 12:44 to go.
DOMINATION — Getting ugly now as Stanford leads 43-26. UW is still in the zone, but they have no answers for Brook Lopez who has 23 points — three shy of his career-high — with 15:24 to go. This is threatening to be UW’s worst home loss since an 86-62 defeat to Gonzaga on Dec. 3, 2003, shortly before Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson and that group began their great run.
QUICK HOOKS — The second half isn’t starting out a lot better, and Romar is losing his patience. He took out Venoy Overton 49 seconds into the half after an out-of-control play led to a turnover, and just lifted Wallace at the 18:05 mark after he hesitated and traveled. It’s 36-23 Stanford as I type this.
HUSKIES DOWN 33-22 AT HALF — UW stayed in the zone the rest of the way and slowed down Stanford’s offense a little —- Stanford had 19 points at the time UW switched to the zone with just under 10 minutes left. But the Huskies continue to struggle on offense, hitting just 8-23 for the half (Stanford is at 12-26). Jon Brockman and Ryan Appleby lead the Huskies with six points each while Pondexter and Dentmon have five. UW has also made just 3-9 free throws while Stanford has made 7-11. And the Cardinal is really dominating the boards with a 20-13 edge. Brockman has five rebounds for UW but no one else has more than two.
ISAIAH THOMAS IN THE HOUSE — IT just showed up and is sitting behind the UW bench, on a brief leave from South Kent Academy. That’s the good news for UW. The bad is it is 29-19 Stanford as the Cardinal has hit 11-21 shots while UW is 7-21. UW hasn’t had any blocked since the opening four minutes but the Huskies are simply finding nothing easy on the offensive end. UW is also just 3-9 at the free throw line, giving away its best chance to get easy points in this one.
HUSKIES IN 2-3 ZONE — UW shifted to the zone at about the 10-minute mark with the Huskies having six fouls and no real answers for Stanford inside. UW also played about half the game at Arizona in the zone, as well, as much as I’ve seen them do in a long time. Offensively, Stanford is double and sometimes triple-teaming Brockman and UW is having trouble getting the ball rotated quickly enough to take advantage. It’s 22-13 Stanford but Dentmon is at the line for two after getting fouled on a fast break off a turnover.
HUSKIES IN EARLY TROUBLE — It’s now 15-7 at the timeout with 11:58 left and the Cardinal is dominating. Brook Lopez points — or as many missed shots as UW has in nine attempts. The Huskies also have five turnovers as they are struggling to find any rhythm on offense. Tim Morris has two early fouls, the last a charge, as he looks like he may be trying too hard against his former teammates. UW has already used everyone available except for Justin Holiday with MBA checking in now.
EARLY BLOCK PARTY — Stanford has blocked three of UW’s first seven shots, all by the Lopez twins, as the Cardinal has taken a 10-5 lead. Joe Wolfinger is in the game (he came in at 16:16) as Romar surely wants him to draw one of the twins out of the middle of the key. Wolfinger guarded Brook Lopez on the one defensive possession he has played. UW also has three turnovers along with 2-7 shooting.
WALLACE GUARDING BROOK LOPEZ — And Brockman is guarding Robin Lopez as UW starts out man-to-man.
LINEUP THE SAME — No changes tonight according to the stat monitor.
A MUST WIN? — Okay, so technically they are all must-wins, so it’s stupid at times to even bring it up.
But this one just feels big for the Huskies.
This is the first of four in a row for UW and I know the feeling around the program is that they have to win three of these to stay in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth. And considering next weekend brings USC and UCLA, the best way to win three of four is to win one of one at the outset.
I’ll try to post as often as I can during the game. And yes, I’ll try to make note of the defenses.

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