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Husky Men's Basketball

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March 10, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Brockman and Cal

After completing our interview sessions before practice today, most of us stayed in the media room to write our stories.
When I was done, shortly after UW’s practice ended, I headed down the hallway behind the court just in time to look up and see Jon Brockman walking on crutches into the training room.
It was almost exactly 48 hours before tipoff of UW’s Pac-10 tournament game against Cal, and it seemed hard to believe he’d be able to play. Brockman expressed his own doubts when he talked to reporters before practice, though still holding out hope.
“There’s a chance,” he said. “So that’s what I’m holding on to.”
It seems a bleak way for the Huskies to enter a tournament in which they may need to win at least one game to assure some sort of post-season bid.
If there are any good omens in any of this it’s UW’s history this season against Cal.
The Huskies have more experience playing without Brockman against Cal than against any other conference team as he recorded two of his three lowest-minute outings of Pac-10 play against the Bears (the lowest was in the blowout at Oregon State). Those were also two of his least-productive games.
Brockman played 24 minutes in the first game against Cal and 23 in the second, limited each time due to foul trouble (he averages 31.7 minutes for the season).
In the first game, Brockman had 15 points and just four rebounds. In the second, he had 10 points (tying his lowest of the season) and again just four rebounds (which made it somewhat ironic that Cal coach Ben Braun speculated aloud afterward that it had to have been a long time since Brockman had managed only four rebounds in a game). The two four-rebound games against Cal were his two lowest-rebound totals of the season, and two of only nine in single-digits all year.
In the first game, besides battling foul trouble, Brockman was at about his lowest ebb in dealing with a groin injury. With Brockman ailing and in foul trouble, Artem Wallace turned in his best game of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds, a performance that might have been good enough lift UW to the win had the Huskies shot better than 8-18 from the three throw line (or 7-27 from the three-point line).
Brockman picked up his second foul with 5:14 left in the first half of the second meeting with Cal and was replaced with the Bears ahead 27-26. He sat out the rest of the half, and the Huskies then went on a 23-17 run to take a 49-44 halftime lead, a lead UW never gave up.
Brockman picked up his fourth foul with 16:07 left in the game and then sat until the 6:14 mark during which time the Huskies and Bears played to a standoff — UW led by seven when left, and by seven when he returned.
So while his teammates would obviously rather Brockman be out there Wednesday, at least it won’t be a completey unfamiliar feeling being without him against the Bears.

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