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Husky Men's Basketball

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February 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Conference call notes

The Pac-10 coaches conference call is completed for another week.
The Washington-UCLA game, which looms right now as the game of the year in the conference. was a popular topic of conversation during the call with lots of coaches also weighing in on the game. Here’s what some of them said:
— Arizona coach Russ Pennell: “That will be a heck of a game. You’ve got the Huskies in a position to control their own destiny and you have UCLA coming off a tough weekend for them. Both of those teams are very physical and I think it really might come down to the foul line and who can stay out of foul trouble and can make the most free throws. I think they are pretty evenly matched and I think from a fans’ perspective you will see a very physical up-and-down type basketball game. I know even though UCLA has a reputation of controlling tempo, I know we found that they can and will run and I know that’s what Washington wants to do, so that should make for a great matchup.”
— USC’s Tim Floyd: “I know that Washington will have an ability to penetrate, and if they can get to the foul line, and on the road sometimes it’s harder to do than at home, but if they can get to to foul line on the road you will have a chance because they are a dominating rebounding team. But UCLA is playing for a lot right now and they are a team that gets it. I think it will be a great college game.”
— Oregon State coach Craig Robinson: “It’s going to be a good game. I think that the biggest difference between those two teams when we look at them is Washington’s focus is getting the ball and getting it and shoving it down your throat as fast as they can and in comparison UCLA, I think they are more of a defensive-minded team that can score a lot of points. So it’s going to be a nice matchup because you will have Washington’s offense against UCLA’s defense.”
— Cal’s Mike Montgomery: “UCLA has got an awful lot of pride, and that’s not to say that Washington doesn’t. But I’m just saying that over the years, when (UCLA) has had their backs to the wall, they’ve responded pretty favorably. At home against a team that is obviously pretty talented, you probably bring out the best in UCLA. The two guards for Washington have been the key. They are very, very quick, alternating having big games. They shoot the ball a lot, they penetrate very well and provide the opportunity for Washington to get to the glass. And (Jon) Brockman and (Alfred) Aboya will be a great matchup inside. It should be a heck of a game.”
And speaking of Aboya, UCLA coach Ben Howland said on the call that he missed practice on Monday with the flu but that he hopes Aboya will be back by Wednesday and get at least one day of practice before the game on Thursday.

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