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February 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM

The day after, ASU edition

Well if it’s any (really small) consolation, the scenario where UW could have ended up in fifth place wouldn’t have worked out anyway, with Arizona upsetting the Cougars in Pullman.
Best UW could have done is sixth.
Now, after the loss to ASU, it’s a tie for eighth with Oregon (for what it’s worth, UW would have the tiebreaker on the Ducks thanks to the win over UCLA but it doesn’t matter at all since the eighth- and ninth-place teams will face off in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament. Meaning, you got it, Ducks and Huskies in the first round of the tournament should form hold).
Here are my two stories for today — the gamer, focusing on another subpar effort with so much to gain; and the notebook, with a lead item on a somber Senior Day for Tim Morris and Ryan Appleby. Morris made a good point that the officials let the Huskies play more physically on James Harden in Tempe than they did yesterday in Seattle — Morris fouled out and Joel Smith had four fouls, almost all (if not all) coming on Harden, who was 8-12 at the free throw line).
— Here’s the game story from the Arizona Republic that includes a fact I forgot to mention — UW had won the last 11 in a row against Arizona State, which had been the longest active streak in the Pac-10. But ASU obviously didn’t seem too awed by history, or anything else, yesterday, starting three freshmen and a sophomore who didn’t care much about the past.
— In some interesting news around the Pac-10, John Canzano of the Oregonian writes that Ernie Kent could be in trouble and that his replacement could be Mark Few. This rumor has been going around forever and won’t likely die until the day Kent is gone and replaced by someone else.
Kent’s fate is even more precarious now that Oregon has gotten approval for $200 million in state-backed bonds to build a new arena.
Paul Buker of the Oregonian wonders if there’s any way Kelvin Sampson could end up as the next coach at Oregon State. It’s as entertaining an idea as any, but I wouldn’t think anyone would even approach Sampson until after his June hearing before the NCAA (which will be held in Seattle).
TODAY’S PICK
CAL AT STANFORD: One of the best-named blogs ever, “The Band is Out on the Field” has a preview of the one Pac-10 game being played today a contest that looms critical for the Bears. With three teams essentially out of the NCAA tourney picture — UW, Oregon and Oregon State — the Bears still have a chance. But they could use another marquee win (best to date is a victory at WSU). Jake Curtis of the San Francisco Chronicle does a good job breaking down the post-season opportunities for both teams.
Cal has won only once at Maples Pavilion since Ben Braun took over for the 1996-97 season, that coming last year. Hard to imagine two in a row there. STANFORD 69, CAL 58.
SEASON RECORD: 54-17.

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