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February 19, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Tuesday notebook

Here are a few notes from our regulary weekly press availability with UW coaches and players:
— Actually, the first thing I’ll do is pass along this story in our paper today on Kentwood High sophomore Josh Smith, who stands 6-9 and will be one of the top in-state targets for the class of 2010. In the story, Smith says the first recruiting letter he got was from UW coach Lorenzo Romar. He says he likely won’t make a decision until after his junior year and says he really hasn’t thought much about where he might go to college.
— Oregon State interim coach Kevin Mouton said on the Pac-10 conference call today that he may take some disciplinary action against the players who were involved in some of the pre-game incidents last week before the Huskies beat the Beavers in Corvallis. Specifically likely to get punished in some way are Marcel Jones and Sean Carter, the two who were at the center of some of the incidents. Mouton said he considered the issue dead now other than whatever punishment he might deliver. “It’s my job to either put down some suspensions or some disciplinary actions and move on,” he said. “This is a very humbling experience for some young men who thought they had some things figured out, and to do what they did as far as going back and forth with the opposing team, you don’t do that. And they were very humbled — that score could have been worse.” Romar also said again that he considers the issue dead. “I don’t feel the need to see justice done,” he said.
— Freshman Justin Holiday is almost certainly out this week but could return next week, Romar said, adding that it’s unfortunate that just about every time this season “he appeared to be making a move,” something has happened to knock him out of the lineup for a while. That includes a viral infection that kept him out of a few games in December after he had played so well in the win over Utah that got the Huskies to the NIT. “It’s been tough for him,” Romar said.
— UW’s apparent defensive improvement will again be put to the task against Arizona Thursday. As Romar noted today, the Wildcats have been one team UW has really struggled with the last few years. UA shot 62.2 percent, a season-high against the Huskies, in beating UW 84-69 in Tucson last month. Arizona also shot 65.3 percent and 57.4 percent in two wins over the Huskies last season. “We can’t give them open looks,” Romar said. That’s easier said than done, however, as each of Arizona’s two prime scorers are tough to defend. The 6-7 Chase Budinger can usually get his shot off whenever he wants to do his height. Guard Jerryd Bayless stands 6-3 and is an excellent jumper and can also usually get his shot, while also being a threat to drive to the hoop, so teams can’t play him just one certain way. Romar says UW has to find a way to make it tough for those two to score, however, especially early in the game. “Once they get going, it’s hard to get them out of their comfort zone,” he said. Those two are combining to average 42 points per game in Pac-10 play.

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