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February 11, 2009 at 8:43 PM

Keys to the game — Oregon State

Here’s a breakdown of tomorrow’s game against Oregon State.
Records: Washington 17-6, 8-3; Oregon State 10-12, 4-7. Where: Edmundson Pavilion (10,0000). Time: 8 p.m. TV: FSN-NW Radio: KJR-AM
No. 1: Start fast — Despite its success this year, one thing UW hasn’t done a whole lot is gotten off to quick starts — the 25-15 deficit at Stanford last week was just the latest example. UW has obviously usually come roaring back. But as UW coach Lorenzo Romar said Tuesday, it would be nice if at some point the Huskies didn’t have to make themselves overcome adversity. And the one thing UW doesn’t want to do is let Oregon State — a much more confident team than when the Huskies won in Corvallis three weeks ago — hang around too long. At Stanford, the biggest reason for the early deficit was turnovers as UW had six in the first 10 minutes.
No. 2: Dominate the boards again — The biggest reason the first game was such a rout — UW won 85-59 — was a 46-19 Husky edge on the boards. That helped give UW a 26-13 edge in second chance points. OSU plays a 1-3-1 zone defense and that game was Exhibit A of how coaches always say that it can be tough to rebound when playing a zone defense (it’s simply harder to block out when you’re not manning up to someone). UW should have an edge again, and if it’s again 20-plus or so, the Huskies likely win easily.
No. 3: Contain Roeland Schaftenaar — The Beavers run their Princeton offense through the 6-11 Schaftenaar at the high post — he leads OSU in assists with 66. He can also be an able scorer out of that offense as proven when he won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors three weeks ago when the Beavers swept in the Bay Area. The Huskies are likely to begin the game with Darnell Gant guarding Schafenaar hoping his quickness and length can again prove a bother — Gant held the OSU junior to six points and two assists in the first meeting.
No. 4: Stay patient on offense — The Huskies lost the Cal game last week in large part due to getting a little too impatient on offense, settling for jumpers and one-on-one plays. OSU likes to slow down the tempo, allowing 62.9 points per game in Pac-10 play, so Washington’s patience will again be tested. UW had no problem with that style last time. But again, four wins in six games since then indicate that the Beavers are a little better at it now.
No. 5: Keep Calvin Haynes in check — If OSU has one player capable of simply going off on offense it’s 6-2 sophomore guard Calvin Haynes, who leads the team in scoring at 15.1 per game — the only Beaver averaging double figures. He was coming off the bench when the Huskies played OSU the first time, but lately has been starting. He’s also been struggling lately, shooting 11-36 with 31 points in OSU’s last three games. But he’s the one guy typically given freedom to create on his own outside of OSU’s offense so he’ll need some special attention from UW’s defense.



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