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Husky Men's Basketball

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

February 6, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Wednesday a.m. notes

The halfway point of the Pac-10 season was a popular topic in our paper today.
I wrote a story trying to detail some of what has ailed UW in the first half of conference play, leading off with the foul line troubles, but not stopping there. I also delved into the Pac-10 stats showing that of the 19 statistical categories, UW ranks in the upper half in just six, meaning there is a lot for the Huskies to improve on.
Most surprising for a team that has made its reputation with a high-flying offense the last five years may be the struggles scoring — UW is averaging just 65.1 points per game in Pac-10 play, ahead of only Arizona State and Oregon State.
In a quote that didn’t make the story, UW coach Lorenzo Romar said he thinks the team is having some confidence issues that are impacting the play on the offensive end.
“When you aren’t winning the way you’d like, your confidence isn’t there like it needs to be,” he said. “You don’t have that initiative offensively, and if you are distracted at all, you are in trouble.”
As I also point out in the story, a prevailing view around the program is that the Huskies are a shooter short, as well, a role that could have easily been filled by Phil Nelson had he hung around. One of the things that made him such a hot ticket during recruiting was his 6-7 size, which makes him hard to defend — one of UW’s troubles has been getting their shooters open looks.
Bud Withers of our staff also contributed his picks for the All-Pac-10 team and other honors at the halfway point. (I’ll pass along some of my first-half honors later today or tomorrow).
Also in our paper today is this feature on Garfield freshman Tony Wroten Jr., the son of the former Husky football player, detailing the pressures faced by being called maybe the best 14-year-old player in the country. There’s also some video available with the link if you’ve never seen Wroten play.

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