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January 11, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Day after links, notes and a pick

Let’s get right to it. …
— Here’s my game story with some of the same stuff you saw here earlier, but some new stuff as well.
— Here’s Steve Kelley’s column, where he writes, among other things, UW would have been ranked had it been able to hold on. As the voter in this state, that’s what I was almost certain to do. Kelley also picks up on a common complaint on this board — that UW stopped being aggressive down the stretch (I have more on that below).
Nick Daschel of Buster Sports writes that Cal proved it belonged in the rankings.
— Here’s the take from the San Jose Mercury News, including the note that this is Cal’s best start since the 59-60 season.
— And here’s the take from the San Francisco Chronicle, noting it was just Cal’s fourth three-OT game since 1952-53.
— The Oregonian’s Pac-10 blog has lots of good stuff, leading off with the fact that Oregon is now all by itself in last place in the conference. The Ducks are UW’s next foe, and as this story notes, may be having some attitude issues with Tajuan Porter and Joevan Catron benched in the second half yesterday.
— Here’s more on Oregon’s problems from the Eugene Register-Guard. UW and Oregon play Thursday in Eugene at 7 p.m.
— UW dropped a little in the RPI, to 34, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
— At least one of you questioned how I didn’t mention in my post-game wrapup that Matthew Bryan-Amaning played 36 minutes and didn’t get a rebound. I should have. And that is pretty amazing. The thought going in was that UW would have a big edge on the boards — instead Cal won the rebound battle 46-42, which helped keep the Bears in the game when a lot of other things were going wrong for them.
— Lots of comments on the officials. For what it’s worth, Cal had four more fouls called on it (30-26) and UW shot 11 more free throws. So the numbers don’t indicate that the officials turned the game to the Bears in any way.
— One questioner asked if that was a record number of fouls called. The fact that it’s a three-OT game skews all the stats. But through regulation there were 39 fouls called — 20 on Cal, 19 on UW. That’s not an abnormal total by UW standards this year at all. There were 51 called in the Portland State game, 50 against Portland, 41 against Kansas (a game that didn’t feature Pac-10 refs) so nothing out of the ordinary there.
— A few of you asked about UW seeming to lift off the pedal at the end of reglation. Indeed, UW went the last 6:09 of regulation without a field goal, blowing a 10-point lead in that span. According to the play-by-play, UW went 0-4 from the field and 2-6 from the free throw line during that time. Romar said later the plan wasn’t necessarily to milk the clock but “make sure we got a high percentage shot” and take inside shots and not from the outside. “We wanted to make sure we took care of the basketball,” he said. That UW appeared to do as it didn’t have any turnovers in that span. Whatever the reasons, Cal outscored UW 12-2 in that period to force the OT.
Isaiah Thomas had 20 points in 32 minutes of regulation, just two in nine minutes of the overtimes. Romar noted later that not only was the defense of Jorge Gutierrez a factor, so was the fact that Thomas spent a lot of time guarding Jerome Randle, especially once Venoy Overton fouled out. “Maybe that took its toll on him,” Romar said.
PAC-10 PICKS
I went 2-2 yesterday and am now 13-4 for the season, missing on both the UW and WSU games (though so close to getting each right, as well).
One game on tap today, and it’s a good one:
UCLA AT USC (Bruins by three-and-a-half): Bruins need win to stay undefeated, USC a win to stay in the upper half of the conference. USC’s youth has shown itself in too many turnovers (a league-high 16.4 per game) and some erratic shooting (USC is ninth from the three-point line). UCLA, meanwhile, feasts on sloppy play with a league-high 9.6 steals. The Galen Center, however, will help USC a bit, but not enough. UCLA 65, USC 58.
All for now.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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