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January 18, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Should UW be ranked?

The voters in the AP poll, such as myself, will soon have to make that decision.
And to help them along, Washington’s sports information department today sent to all voters a little resume stating UW’s qualifications for being included in this week’s Top 25.
To wit, the school noted that:
— Washington is 13-4 overall and 4-1 (tie, 1st) in the Pac-10 after sweeping Oregon/Oregon State last weekend by a combined 43 points
— UW has won 11 of its last 12 games. The only loss during this stretch was an 88-85 triple overtime loss to (No. 22) California on Jan. 10. Prior to that, UW’s last loss was a two-point, 86-84 loss to then-No. 17 Florida in Kansas City on Nov. 25.
— Over the last 12 games, UW has a +16.9 scoring margin and is averaging 81.0 points per game. During this period, Washington won eight games by 15 points or more.
— UW opened 3-0 on the road in the Pac-10 for the third time since 1953 and in those three games won by 20 (WSU), 17 (Oregon) and 26 (Oregon State). In each of the three times the UW started 3-0 on the road in league, it advanced to at least the NCAA Sweet 16.
— UW leads the nation in rebound margin at +11.6 and has out-rebounded 15 of 17 opponents (nine by 10 or more).
— UW leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (78.6 ppg), & rebounding (43.1 rpg).
— Four UW players are averaging more than 13 points per game in league play.
Isaiah Thomas is the Pac-10’s leading freshman in scoring (15.8 ppg, 6th in Pac-10), assists (3.2, 9th) and assist-turnover ratio (1.2, 10th). He has scored in double-figures in 15 of his 17 games as a Husky and is the team’s leading scorer.
—- Jon Brockman is the league’s 2nd leading rebounder (10.7 rpg) and is 7th in scoring (15.8 ppg). He is the UW’s all-time leading rebounder and is fifth all-time in scoring. He is the first UW player to surpass 1,500 points and 1,000 career rebounds.
— Brockman should be considered an All-America candidate, while Thomas is a viable candidate for national freshman honors.
Will it work? We’ll find out tomorrow.

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