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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 12, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Off to Los Angeles

As I type this, I’m at the airport, waiting for my flight, having already confronted the big decision of the day — how many days of clothes to pack?
I’m sure Lorenzo Romar has socked away four suits, being the glass half-full guy that he is (and having once before entered a tournament as a ninth seed and winning the whole thing — at Saint Louis in 2000).
My wife will tell you I’m more of a there’s-just-a-few-drops-left kind of guy. But I decided to alter the outlook a little today and pack for a two-day stay and not just a Spencer Hawes trip (a one-and-done).
Given the circumstances — likely playing without Jon Brockman — I think one victory here has to be considered a big victory for the Huskies and almost certainly enough to assure some sort of post-season. I wrote about the stakes of today’s game and how Brockman’s probable absence could impact the Huskies for my story today.
I’ll make an official pick later, but as I wrote today, I think there are some things about this game that make it maybe the best Pac-10 matchup (other than Oregon State) that UW could face to take on a team without Brockman.
Of course, I’ll happily admit that a long stay here is fine with me as this is shaping up as one of the best Pac-10 tournaments ever, something our Bud Withers wrote about today.
Before I get on the plane, I’ll leave you with a few more links:
— Former Husky Will Conroy is back in the states after playing in Italy since September. He’s now with Albuquerque of the NBA D-League playing alongside Julius Hodge, the former NC State star with whom the Huskies had a couple of memorable meetings during Conroy’s career.
— As I alluded to in my story, Cal coach Ben Braun is under the gun a little bit and today’s game (or more accurately, the tournament itself) could help determine his future. Here’s one Bay Area columnist’s take on Braun.
— Here’s another look at Cal entering the tournament from the San Francisco Chronicle with a frank quote from Braun on the new CBI that “we’re not really thinking about that until we have to.”
— Here’s another take on Cal with some quotes from Bear players saying the UCLA loss “lit a fire” under them.
— Here’s a breakdown of the game from the Kansas City Star that says that the Huskies have “had some issues” from the free throw line this season. Kind of like Britney Spears has had a few parenthood issues of late.
Plane’s about to board, so more later from LA.

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