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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 8, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Gameday in Pullman

It’s cold and drizzly outside, snow still piled high in places.
Meanwhile, there are students lined up waiting to get into Friel Court, others beginning to lube themselves at various locales around what is a pretty-empty campus, with spring break having begun. One shirt I saw walking around is “Our coach is hotter than your coach.” That may not be such a good thing in a few weeks when Tony Bennett could have a few offers to leave for a warmer seat somewhere else.
But that’s a mostly unspoken subtext of the coverage today. Most of it revolves around the the final home game for five WSU seniors, and the six-game winning streak for the Cougars against the Huskies. Vince Grippi at the Spokesman-Review deftly weaves both into his piece here today. including some good quotes from the Cougars on how they have maintained that dominance through the years. Specifically mentioned is the good defense Kyle Weaver has played on Ryan Appleby.
That got me thinking I’d been remiss in not presenting that in more detail this week.
So here are Appleby’s career games against the Huskies:
2006 season
19 minutes, 1-5 FGs, 0-4 threes, 2 points (78-71 Cougar win)
28 minutes, 2-8 FGs, 0-6 threes, 6 points (77-64 Cougar win)
2007 season
33 minutes, 3-11 FGs, 3-9 threes, 9 points (75-47 Cougar win)
37 minutes, 3-8 FGs, 3-6 threes, 9 points (65-61 Cougar win)
30 minutes, 3-7 FGs, 3-7 threes, 9 points (74-64 Cougar win)
2008 season
31 minutes, 2-8 FGs, 2-6 threes, 6 points (56-52 Cougar win)
Totals 14-47 FGs, 11-38 threes, 41 points (6.8 points per game)
So obviously, the Cougars have done a good job on Appleby through the years, and it’s usually been Weaver defending him. This isn’t to say it’s all Appleby’s fault — few Huskies have played well against the Cougars through the last three years, and other Huskies haven’t been able to take advantage of WSU’s concentration on Appleby. But there’s no doubt that UW’s chances are a lot better if Appleby is shooting well, something WSU has been clearly able to contain the last six games.

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