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February 21, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Arizona game thread

BIG WIN FOR HUSKIES — UW keeps all hope alive with a big win here tonight led by a career-game from Overton. Final is 75-66 as UW hits 20-26 free throws in the second half. More later.
HUSKIES HOLDING ON — UW leads 61-54 and in the process has found someone who can make a free throw — Overton — who is 9-9, six coming in the last two minutes. He has a career-high 17 points.
WILDCATS CREEPING BACK — Arizona has quieted this place quickly with a 9-1 run to get right back in it after UW had taken a 52-39 lead. It’s now 53-48 with Arizona at the line. With each team already in the bonus, this could be a free-throw shooting contest the rest of the way, which wouldn’t favor UW.
HUSKIES RUNNING DOWN THE CATS — The Huskies have scored five in a row to take a 50-39 lead and their strategy is simple right now — run at the Cats whenever possible. Arizona has all kinds of players in foul trouble and the Huskies are pushing the tempo and have gotten fastbreak baskets the last two possessions including a highlight-reel shot by Overton.
UW 4-14 AT THE FREE THROW LINE — Once again, if the Huskies lose a game they’ll know the first place to look.
HUSKIES TURNING UP THE DEFENSE — Arizona is 2-8 to start the second half with two turnovers, while UW also has an 11-4 rebounding edge, all reasons the Huskies have expanded their lead to 39-35 with 13:24 left.
UW SIX FOULS, ARIZONA ZERO — That’s the total at the 15:59 mark of the second half. Arizona could have a huge edge at the line when this one’s over.
DENTMON 0-9 — I wrote earlier about the need for Justin Dentmon to continue his strong play of late. So far, not happening as he is 0-9 from the field and has three fouls.
BAYLESS WITH FIVE TURNOVERS — Three have come on offensive fouls. His season and career high is seven.
HUSKIES UP 28-27 AT HALFTIME — As might seem obvious given a one-point game, many of the stats are even. Neither team is shooting well — UW is 12-33 and Arizona 10-26. Huskies even worse at the line at 2-9 while UA is 5-7. The X factor for Arizona has been senior guard Jawann McClellan, who always seems to play well here. He has hit 4-5- shots and has 10 points.
The key to the second half figures to be fouls — Bayless has three fouls for Arizona, all on the offensive end, as does Jordan Hill, while Overton has three for the Huskies. Budinger also has two for Arizona.
SIX FOULS COMMITTED AGAINST BAYLESS — Not that anyone else can either, but UW’s guards are struggling to stay in front of Bayless — by my count, there have been six fouls called on Huskies defending Bayless, three on Venoy Overton who is now out of the game with 2:06 to go in the first half.
BROCKMAN WITH EIGHT REBOUNDS — With five minutes left in the first half. He’s said that groin injury has gotten a lot better and looks it tonight, though he’s really being double-teamed on offense, limiting his chances there.
NOW IT’S GETTING SLOPPY — The Huskies missed eight straight shots by my count as this game took a turn for the ugly. After it was 12-11 less than five minutes in it’s now 16-16 at the 7:19 mark. UW is shooting 8-22 (36.4 percent). Makes a difference when an opponent tries to play defense, unlike what happened last Saturday in Corvallis.
HUSKIES FORCING TURNOVERS — UA made some shots early, but the Huskies are playing good defense so far in this one, similar to way they played against UCLA. Arizona has seven turnovers at the 11:11 mark, including six on the last seven possessions.
HOT NIGHT AT HEC ED — UW is 6-7 and Arizona 4-5 in the first 4:23 of the game, giving the Huskies a 12-11 lead. Venoy Overton started out with the defensive duties on Jerryd Bayless but picked up two quick fouls and is on the bench. Dentmon will now have to play good defense. (Actually, Morris is now on Bayless).
WHERE’S LUTE? — For the first time since 1983, Arizona will play a game in Seattle without head coach Lute Olson. He’s taking a leave of absence this season to deal with what apparently will be a pretty nasty divorce. Arizona folks here say there is no indication at the moment that Olson won’t return next season, when he will be 74 years old.
JD STEPPING UP — If the history of this game holds, this figures to be a track meet — the winning team has scored 81 or more points in all but one game in this series since 2003.
That means the Huskies will need all of their scorers to be on tonight. And that’s a list that again includes Justin Dentmon who has averaged almost 16 points per game in UW’s last four outings, the best stretch of the season for him since November. Dentmon had scored in double figures just twice in the previous 16 games before hitting for 10 or more in each of the last four.

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