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February 14, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Oregon game thread

THIS ONE’S OVER — Oregon up 17 with 1:34 left, so we’ll call an end to the game thread here. More afterward.
MORRIS AIMS FOR MID-SECTION — Almost a deja vu of last week as Morris was inbounding the ball a few minutes ago and couldn’t get it in. To save the possession, he fired it off the mid-section of Malik Hairston and out of bounds. Sunday, he attracted national attentioin for hitting it off the head of UCLA’s Alfred Aboya.
LOOK AT DEFENSES — UW went to a 2-3 zone for about three possessions, but that didn’t work any better. UW looked confused one time down the floor with two players on one side and no one on the other up top. Leunen hit a wide-open three for Oregon and the Huskies quickly switched back to man. Oregon now has 13 threes.
OREGON HAS 12 THREE-POINTERS — And a 53-38 lead with 11:15 left. The 12 threes are one shy of the season high against UW, which was 13 at Arizona. UW has only one coming on Appleby’s first basket of the game with 14:16 to play.
TURNING INTO A ROUT — Oregon has outscored UW 12-2 to start the second half and take a 45-29 lead. A lot of headshaking on the UW bench as Brockman picked up his third foul at 16:59 on an offensive foul they didn’t like very much. MBA was benched after Leunen hit a wide-open three, Romar shaking his head as Leunen set up to shoot and then quickly turning to the bench.
OREGON UP 10 — Oregon scores the first four points of the second half and Romar has called time at the 18:26 mark and puts in almost a new lineup, with MBA, Pondexter and Dentmon in alongside Brockman and Appleby. This is Oregon’s biggest lead of the game.
A FEW OTHER HALFTIME NOTES — UW has a 22-8 lead in points in the paint, helping to offset a little Oregon’s three-point edge. Ducks are 7-12 behind the line and UW 0-7. Oregon has a 16-13 edge in rebounds, which Husky players may be hearing about. But four or five were long rebounds off outside shots, the kind hard to control. Appleby, who scored 19 in the first half here a year ago, has zero at the break. That has to change in the second half.
DUCKS UP 33-27 AT HALF — Huskies could have been closer had they made a couple of open threes in the final minute. But Morris and Smith missed.
The difference so far is simple — Oregon has hit seven three-pointers and UW hasn’t hit any. Appleby is 0-3 on threes and scoreless as Bryce Taylor is blanketing him. Taylor may be the player of the game so far as he has nine points, as well.
HUSKIES HANGING IN — Oregon appeared on the verge of taking control up eight and with the ball. But Porter turned it over and Dentmon raced for a lay-in and will be at the line with Huskies down 30-24. Oregon isn’t getting much out of guys like Hairston and Leunen but Taylor and Odia each have nine.
FINALLY GETTING LOUD —- A Leunen baseline dunk off a pass from Catron led to the loudest cheer of the night and a 27-20 Oregon lead. Romar tried to call time out but his players couldn’t hear him and none of them saw him. He finally got it called after a foul.
UW DOWN 23-20 — With 7:42 to play. Brockman came back in and immediately scored four points, prompting an Oregon time out. UW was outscored seven while Brockman was out, and has outscored Oregon by four with him in. UW had six fouls before Oregon was called for any, and the total is now 8-4. Odia hit another three and has nine points, already a season-high. He hadn’t scored more than six in any game all season, that coming against the Huskies last month.
SLEEPWALKING — This remains as reserved an environment as I remember encountering here for a UW-Oregon hoops game. Oregon leads 13-12 due to two three-pointers by backup guard Churchill Odia, 9-29 on threes coming in. The ominous sign for UW is two quick fouls on Jon Brockman, the last one which seemed pretty minor as he bumped into Maarty Leunen going for an offensive rebound. He has been on the bench since the 15:41 mark.
UW UP 8-7 — At the first timeout at 15:41. Appleby is getting booed every time he touches the ball, but it’s pretty tame. He isn’t playing as well as last year, however, with a turnover and a missed three. But UW leads 8-7 as Oregon has four turnovers and the Huskies are doing a good job of being patient on offense and getting some decent shots. UW is also playing good perimeter defense early as Oregon has gotten just one open look on a three, which was made by Joevan Catron.
VERY SUBDUED HERE SO FAR — Maybe the most I’ve ever seen it here. Likely the 5:30 weekday start has a lot to do with it. UW just took the court to a few boos, but even the sight of Venoy Overton throwing his hands up in the air to egg them on didn’t do much as the boos quieted quickly. Maybe they are saving it for the game.
SIGN UPDATE — The trend of humor rather than venom continues. Among the signs being displayed of late — “I (heart) Appleby,” and one in the form of a letter saying “Dear Ryan, thanks for the memories, love Aaron.”
KENT SAYS HUSKIES DON’T RESPECT DUCKS — Oregon coach Ernie Kent is quoted in today’s Oregon student newspaper, the Oregon Daily Emerald, as saying this about UW: “I don’t think they’re a team that has a lot of respect for us on othe floor as to how hard we play.” What that quote probably indicates the most is what Kent is telling his players. Oregon definitely feels it was outworked in the loss in Seattle and Kent is obviously trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
LOVE FOR APPLEBY? — So far, not much venom from the Pit Crew. In fact, some of them seem to be having some fun with it. One student produced a poster with a big picture of Appleby and Brooks together (superimposing their images) inside a heart. Another has a sign asking “will you shake my hand?”
And the only chant so far has been a “Ry-an loves us.”
PRE-GAME — I’m here about 90 minutes before game time and there is oddly little buzz at the moment, due, I’m sure, to the 5:30 start time. It’s light outside and students coming and going from class, etc., so not quite the normal gamenight feel here yet.
The Pit Crew’s treatment of Ryan Appleby figures to be a little bit of a subplot tonight after the leader of the group said earlier in the week they planned to come after him again. As I was driving into town, however, I heard a host on the local all-sports station said that it would be “pathetic” to target Appleby again, his point being that the Huskies as a team ought to be enough.
And rumors going around the press room are that the Pit Crew may indeed go “the opposite directon” tonight and find a different target. We also saw some evidence of dog biscuits shaped like a heart that the Pit Crew may wave at the Huskies.

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