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February 6, 2009 at 9:47 AM

The mourning after

So is it panic time? Or just one loss?
If you lean to the first group, consider that with a UW defeat Sunday, and depending on results elsewhere, there could be just one game separating the five teams after UCLA in the conference — UW, USC, ASU, Cal and Arizona — setting up quite a free-for-all for the last 3-4 spots to the tournament in the final four weeks.
But those in the second group are surely remembering that UW next week hosts Oregon State and Oregon, a good chance to get healthy again no matter what happens in Palo Alto Sunday.
To me, this is all part of the inevitable ebb and flow of a season. There are things to fix after last night, but the Huskies put themselves in great shape with that 7-2 first-half. A 4-5 conference record the rest of the way gets UW to 11, obviously, which is usually an automatic entry to the tourney.
On to some links:
— The San Francisco Chronicle notes that Jerome Randle was able to get free off screens in the second half. Maybe there’s something to the theory that UW has trouble defending smaller, quicker guards.
— The San Jose Mercury News notes that the triangle-and-two defenses Cal used was installed in practice just this week (though interestingly, Quincy Pondexter told us later he thought the Bears played pretty much straight-up, just like any other team, and didn’t really think that was a factor).
— Here’s the report from the Cal student paper.
— The Huskies remain 19th in the Pomeroy ratings, and he envisions an 81-79 win for UW Sunday.
— Here are links to stories from throughout the Pac-10 from The Oregonian.
More later from practice.

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