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March 9, 2008 at 10:39 AM

The day after, WSU edition

A few Sunday morning notes:
— There may be an update on Jon Brockman at some point today. When/if we get one I’ll pass it along here.
— By losing yesterday, the Huskies fell out of a chance to play Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament and will instead face Cal in the first round in the 8-9 game. And then it would be UCLA in the second round. Tough duty anyway, much tougher if Brockman can’t go.
— Cal may be coming off an even tougher loss than the Huskies, the controversial defeat to UCLA Saturday. The Pac-10 coordinator of officials, Bill McCabe, said the shot that won the game for UCLA might have been illegal. But he also said it was a judgment call. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto said the game is further proof that the Pac-10 needs to do something about its officials.
Vince Grippi of the Spokesman-Review said yesterday’s game was “a classic” and also provides lots of links to coverage of the game.
— Someone asked for final stats of the game, so here’s a link that includes a breakdown of the turnovers.The main offenders were Venoy Overton (five) and Brockman (four). Brockman admitted later he was a little too amped up early, trying to do too much, when he committed a few turnovers in the first moments of the game. Overton committed a few while trying to push the pace, something that was a priority for the Huskies to be as aggressive as possible. The trick is to do that while still taking care of the ball, obviously. And the Cougars, despite their defensive prowess, aren’t a team that always forces a lot of turnovers since they don’t really pressure much. WSU hadn’t forced more than 19 in a game all season and no more than 17 in any Pac-10 game. UW had 18 turnovers at the end of regulation, and then four more in the overtimes.
O.J. Mayo said he might actually return next season, but think I’ll believe that when I see it.

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