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March 20, 2008 at 9:49 AM

The day after

I’m sitting on the couch, watching the NCAA Tournament, alternating preparing season wrap-up stories on UW while trying to make sense of a Husky season that didn’t meet anyone’s expectations.
I’ll pop back in here from time to time throughout the day with some thoughts — maybe on the NCAA Tournament as well.
First, here’s our story from today focusing on an all-too-fitting ending. And here’s the notebook, with UW officials saying they would do the whole CBI thing again despite the loss of a game and money.
Seth Kolloen of Enjoy the Enjoyment points out this is the first time since 1958 UW has had losing records in both football and men’s basketball (so at least you can say you took part in history).
And here’s a Valpo take on things from the Gary Post-Tribune, And more from the Post-Tribune’s Valpo blog with some good quotes from Crusaders coach Homer Drew.
Everybody seemed to agree later that Valpo was simply the more mentally strong team down the stretch.
So thought I’d break down what Valpo did the last 2:45 after it scored its final point of the game — went 0-2 from the field, 0-2 from the free throw line and allowed five offensive rebounds.
But Valpo escaped because UW went 0-8 from the field and 0-2 from the line.
I watched the replay last night and the final eight shots included four or five that it’s hard to believe didn’t go down.
In order:
Quincy Pondexter missed on a driving layin that rattled off the rim at about the 2:14 mark.
Jon Brockman missed on a short hook in the lane and Justin Dentmon then missed a follow jumper in the lane at the 1:24 mark.
— After a time out, Ryan Appleby missed a wide-open three-pointer from the corner and Dentmon then missed a follow jumper from about 15 feet or so, but pretty wide open at about the 1:10 mark.
— Pondexter then missed on a short-runner with 25 seconds left
— After Valpo’s two missed free throws, Brockman missed on a short driving shot, got the rebound and was fouled.
— After Brockman missed two free throws, Dentmon got the rebound and missed a short jumper in traffic (he got some contact but maybe the refs had seen the way the Huskies had been shooting free throws all night and thought better of it).
That’s an open three-pointer from the best three-point shooter in school history, two misses by the team’s All-Conference player and the other five from the players who are third and fourth on the team in scoring. All eight shots, in other words, coming from UW’s four leading scorers.
The right guys got good shots. But kind of like the season, it just didn’t happen.
SPEAKING OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT — Danny O’Neil is following it all day long with his “A day on the couch” blog you can find here.
As for me, I’m breaking down some free throw numbers that I’ll present here later.



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