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January 29, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Arizona game thread

ARIZONA WINS — UA has won, 106-97. The post-game handshake line was civil with Brockman and Horne sharing a quick hug and what seemed like kind words. UA coach Russ Pennell and Brockman also shared a quick word that seemed cordial.
UW is now 5-2 in Pac-10 play and that first-place showdown with ASU has lost some luster as the Sun Devils were also surprisingly beaten at home tonight by WSU.
More later.
TENSIONS HIGH — Brockman is gone after the intentional foul on Jamelle Horne, and that figures to be a sidebar to this game — and maybe a subplot to the return meeting next month in Seattle. UA leads 102-95 with 25.7 seconds left.
HITTING 100? — If UW gives up 100 points it’ll be the first time since the 2004 NCAA tourney loss to UAB when the Huskies were beaten 102-100.
FRANTIC ENDING — This game got strange in a hurry at the end as the Huskies have tried desperately to get back in it going with a lineup of Brockman and four guards. UW got within three at 91-88 but UA now leads 94-88 and has the ball with 1:18 left.
FT DISCREPANCY — One big reason for UA’s lead? UA is 24-32 on free throws, UW just 8-11. But like the UCLA game, where the Huskies had a huge edge, a lot of it is due to UA’s penetrating and going inside to Hill while UW is settling for a lot of jumpers.
HUSKIES TAKING IT RIGHT AT HILL — With Hill afraid to pick up his fourth foul, UW is goinig aggressive to the middle and it’s working for some easy baskets. But UW can’t get enough stops on the other end to get any closer than eight. It’s 83-75 with 4:02 left.
WEIRD STAT TIME — UW is 8-15 on three-pointers at the 7:42 mark and 15-38 on two-pointers. The inability to convert inside is one reason Huskies are struggling to keep up with a hot-shooting UA team that has a 75-62 lead. But as has been well-documented, UA has had trouble holding onto late leads this season.
ARIZONA UP 13 — Wildcats have taken control with a 66-53 lead with 11:18 left having now scored 10 straight points. That streak is likely to end as Thomas will be at the line after this time out. Thomas has just four points and none in the second half after going 2-8 in the first half. WHOOPS — He wasn’t at the line as it was only UA’s sixth foul.
ARIZONA TAKES 62-53 LEAD — So much for Arizona missing Hill. Arizona has gone on an 11-4 run since he left the game keyed by two three-pointers and has taken the biggest lead of the game for either team. Arizona is 5-7 on three-pointers this half and 9-12 overall. It’s 62-53 with 12:46 to play.
BIG TURNING POINT? — Jordan Hill just picked up his fourth foul with 14:40 to go, rather stupidly trying to block a shot by Quincy Pondexter inside. He goes to the bench for what could be a long time with 14 points and eight rebounds. UA leads 51-49.
UA UP 47-46 — Wildcats have retaken the lead. But while the crowd is trying to get into it, this is a different atmosphere here than all the seasons I came here when Lute Olson was patrolling the sidelines. The crowd just isn’t quite at the same fevered pitch. You can hear shoes squeaking and coaches talking, instead of just the constant roar of years past.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Talking with one noted observer at halftime who said the key for the Huskies is to get into the middle of the floor in the second half. Pump fake and drive. So watch to see if that comes to fruition.
A few other notes:
Arizona is outrebounding UW 22-19 and at times seems quicker to loose balls. Pondexter played just four minutes in the first half due to two fouls and a little slow reaction to a loose ball.
Jordan Hill is 5-6 and UW has to keep the ball out of the paint on defense.
The Huskies are 5-11 on three-pointers — UW is averaging 4.3 three-pointers per game for the season.
Wise, Hill and Budinger have 30 of UA’s 37 points. If those guys start to wear down, UW could pull away late, the way it has in its last four games.
UW UP 38-37 AT THE HALF — The refs are being booed off the floor as the half ends, fans unhappy about a couple of the last calls in this game. But they had more to cheer about at the end of the half as Arizona scored the last four points to close within four.
TIED AT 31 — The game is tied with 3:59 left in the first half. UW went on a three-point-shot fueled 21-10 run to take a 29-24 lead. But Arizona has rallied to tie it thanks largely to Jordan Hill’s 11 points and eight rebounds. Brockman has eight and four in a matchup of two of the best big men in the conference.
WHO SAYS UW CAN’T SHOOT THREES? — UW’s last five baskets have all come on three-pointers — three by Elston Turner and two by Justin Dentmon. UA is in a 2-3 zone lending itself to outside shooting — the Wildcats often play zone due to its lack of depth and Jordan Hill’s propensity for fouls. UW may shoot them right out of it. And we’re seeing the impact of a healthy Turner, who appears finally back after his ankle sprain Dec. 30.
HUSKIES FIGHT BACK — Since the last time out, UW has done a much better job getting the ball inside against UA’s zone. Justin Holiday seems to have developed a particular knack for making entry passes — he came in early for Quincy Pondexter and hasn’t left the floor. UA leads 14-13 with 11:57 to go.
TOUGH START — Arizona has a 7-2 lead at the 15:59 mark, UW’s only points coming on two Brockman free throws — he’s now 10 for his last 12. But UW is 0-6 shooting, too often settling for jumpers against UA’s 2-3 zone. That’s a trip UW has been pretty good at avoiding this year.
NO BRESHERS — Having already been slated to redshirt due to injury, Tyreese Breshers is not on this trip. He did make the WSU and Oregon trips, but with school in session, he didn’t make this one.
RETIRED NUMBERS — With all the focus on that at UW last week, worth noting how UA does it here. The school has four retired numbers — Sean Elliott, Steve Kerr, Mike Bibby and Jason Gardner. But the school also has a ring of honor with small banners listing the names of 17 players, including the four retired guys plus the likes of Richard Jefferson, Luke Walton, Salim Stoudamire, etc. So a good way to honor a lot of players without having to retire a lot of numbers.,
OFFICIALS — The officials for tonight are Mike Littlewood, Kevin Brill and Jim Giron. So no Dave Libbey, but all regular Pac-10 guys.
NO HD — A reminder that there is no HD for this game tonight as it is not a Fox national game. The only games for which there will be HD are national games, or those marked simply FSN. At the moment, the only other HD games for UW are the Feb. 8 game at Stanford, the Feb. 14 Oregon game and the Feb. 19 game against UCLA. The TV situation for the Arizona and WSU games has yet to be determined and while I wouldn’t think they will be national games there’s a chance.
The entire Pac-10 tournament is also in HD.

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