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December 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Monday news and notes

As the title says. …
— The Huskies have an RPI of 69, according to RealTimeRPI.com, good for fourth in the Pac-10. Just as interesting, that web site calculates UW having played the second-hardest schedule so far, behind only Cal, which has an RPI of 15 and ranks as maybe the biggest surprise in the conference to date. UW’s strength of schedule is likely to take a hit the next two weeks with games against the likes of Lehigh, Montana and Morgan State, all with RPIs of 152 or below.
— Noted stat maven Ken Pomeroy has updated his team scouting reports and he now forecasts UW going 20-11 this year and 10-8 in Pac-10 play, which would almost certainly be good enough for an NCAA bid. But he also sees a rollercoaster of a season, with UW starting off 6-1 in Pac-10 play, then losing four in a row. He also sees UW with a 7-8 conference record before sweeping its last three games at home, including beating WSU in the regular season finale. If it plays out anything like that it will definitely be nervous time come March.
— Has Quincy Pondexter finally arrived? Check out his stats of the last four games. Certainly, the competition hasn’t been the greatest. Still, he’s on a pretty good roll. In the last four games, Pondexter is averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and three assists per game, having made 25-48 shots from the field. The trick now is to carry that through Pac-10 play.
— As noted last night, Matthew Bryan-Amaning has set career highs in points each of the last two games, with 18 against Texas Southern and 23 against Portland State. But UW coach Lorenzo Romar said after the Portland State game that he didn’t envision MBA breaking into the starting lineup. With UW playing well right now, Romar may simply want to keep with a rotation that’s working, ala the old days when Mike Jensen would start and Jamaal Williams came off the bench.
All for now.

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