First, some links:
— Here’s our game story today that focuses a bit on the events that led up the game and UW players saying those helped motivate them against Oregon State. As Ryan Appleby said, however, the Huskies need to get to a point where they don’t need anything external to motivate them.
— Speaking of Appleby, he was the focus of my notebook as he had a career-game with the nine three-pointers. He now has 211 for his career, one away from tying Deon Luton for the school career mark. Appleby has played 84 games for the Huskies — Luton played 117. There’s also a note in there on C.J. Giles, who I stumbled onto in the end zone bleachers next to the UW bench as the game ended. He says he’s staying at OSU with plans to ask the new coach to let him on the team. He said his grades are better than ever now that he has so much time to concentrate on classes and that academics won’t be an issue. Getting back on the OSU roster is the only way Giles can play D-I basketball next year.
— Some of you noted the initial box score listed Justin Holiday as playing That is simply incorrect and was just a mistake by the scorer’s. Unfortunately, they also mistakenly gave a rebound to Matthew Bryan-Amaning that he didn’t have, meaning he didn’t get his first double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds.
— Lots of good reaction from the Oregon State side in Paul Buker’s blog at the Oregonian. Interim coach Kevin Mouton admits the Beavers “fell completely apart,” That, and the three-word summation Buker supplies at the beginning of his blog entry, just about says it all.
— Good headline to the story in the Eugene Register-Guard — “Beavers play like garbage after talking trash.”
— The Corvallis Gazette-Times story says the Huskies were angry. I actually didn’t sense anger as much as just being put back on high alert — like getting a shot of Red Bull or something. UW had looked like a fairly dead team in the part of practice we saw on Friday before all the commotion. They obviously had a lot of life Saturday.
Now on to our pick of the one game being played today, a game that will be seen nationally at 7 p.m. on FSN.
UCLA at USC: The Trojans won at UCLA last month but that was when USC was a lot healthier. This LA Times story details USC’s ailments, including the loss of guard Daniel Hackett with a back injury and a groin injury that could limit O.J. Mayo. Couple that with UCLA’s anger over losing last week at UW, and the earlier of the earlier defeat to the Trojans, and easy to think the Bruins will romp. I’d bet it’s closer — the nature of this rivalry dictates that it’s unlikely to go to script. But I do think the Bruins will pull it out in the end. UCLA 67, USC 61.
SEASON RECORD: 48-14.
First, some links:
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