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March 11, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Tuesday links, notes

On to the links:
— I wrote today about Quincy Pondexter, who has quietly played some of the best basketball of his UW career the last three games. It’s a story I might not have written if not for the injury to Jon Brockman, which makes it that much more vital for Pondexter to continue on this track in the Pac-10 tournament. There have admittedly been lots of instances in the last year where it has seemed like Pondexter has been ready to turn a corner. But UW coach Lorenzo Romar seems to believe this one may be for real. One thing that didn’t make it into the story was Romar’s lauding of Pondexter’s work ethic of late. As I talked with Romar, Pondexter was out on the court before practice going through an intense session with assistant Paul Fortier. “He’s just working his butt off right now,” Romar said of Pondexter. “He comes out here every day, before and after practice.” Romar said that’s a dedication he hasn’t seen from Pondexter previously. He also noted the way Pondexter rebounded from a shaky first half Saturday against the Cougars. Pondexter had no points, two rebounds, two fouls and two turnovers in the first half, but finished with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals before fouling out (on what was a pretty suspect call with 56 seconds left that might have done as much as anything to turn the direction of the game). “Last year, he wouldn’t have come back from that first half,” Romar said. “This year, maybe in the beginning of the year he wouldn’t have. But he came back and was a factor. If you win that game, you’ve got to point to Quincy Pondexter.”
— Also in our paper today is this column from Jerry Brewer, who says UW’s problems are in the backcourt. Jerry also has more here in his Extra Points blog. Jerry leads off his column with a reference to the last possession of regulation where Justin Dentmon dribbled the ball off his leg. I’ve heard some questions why the Huskies didn’t call time out there (they had one left when they got the ball with 14 seconds remaining when Robbie Cowgill missed a free throw after scoring a tying basket). Romar said later the Huskies wanted to be aggressive at that point, especially with their guards, since WSU’s Taylor Rochestie had four fouls. In fact, Rochestie picked up his fourth with 4:51 left in regulation but then played the final 13:33 of the game without getting his fifth.
— The Daily Californian reports that Cal center DeVon Hardin, who missed the UCLA game with a hip flexor, is expected to play against the Huskies. Also included in that story are some notes on the UCLA loss and the observation that the Bears had an especially intense practice Monday as a result.
IN OTHER NEWS AROUND THE PAC-10:
— With Lute Olson back in the fold, Kevin O’Neill says he doesn’t know what he’ll do next season.
— The LA Daily News says LSU has contacted USC coach Tim Floyd, who has lived and worked previously in Louisiana. I’d think Floyd stays put.
Good story on O.J. Mayo in the LA Times.
Jon Wilner’s College Hotline has a good assessment of the last weekend in Bay Area hoops with some interesting insights into Cal.

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