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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

February 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Friday morning notes, links

A bright, sunny morning in Los Angeles, even through the usual haze that hangs over this city.
The key for the Huskies will be making sure they don’t stay in their own haze after yet another loss in the first game of a road weekend. But this has been a resilient team all season so no reason not to expect a good effort tomorrow.
Still, one other number that glares from last night’s stats is UW’s 4-8 on three-pointers — 4-5 from Justin Dentmon, 0-3 from Isaiah Thomas and not even an attempt from anyone else. The fact that Elston Turner didn’t play obviously contributed to that — I don’t know why he didn’t play and I’ll make sure to ask that today. However, his contribution has been decreasing of late as he has just 11 points in the last four games in which he has played.
And maybe this is searching for things to worry about, but you wonder if it will catch up to the Huskies to have what seems like so few options from the outside.
In the last seven games, for instance, UW is 39-100 on three-pointers, a good average overall. Dentmon, however, accounts for 26-44 of that number, meaning the rest of the team is 13-56. UCLA seemed willing to let Thomas fire away from the outside last night and other than Dentmon, there wasn’t anyone else to worry about in that regard so they could pack in the middle of their defense.
Still, UW shot 50 percent for the game (34-68) so I don’t think offense was the biggest issue, though UW coach Lorenzo Romar did say he didn’t think it was a good offensive game overall. “I thought we were stagnant,” he said, comparing it to the other two recent road losses in saying that “we didn’t have a lot of movement. We began to stand around and watch others and we can’t do that.”
That will be a particular key tomorrow against a USC team that statistically ranks better than UCLA in both FG percentage and three-point percentage.
On to some links:
— The LA Times says the Bruins really focused on stopping UW in transition.
— Times columnist Bill Plaschke says the game became something of a street fight and UCLA was the tougher team.
— The Orange County Register notes it was UCLA’s first win this season against a ranked team (UCLA was previously 0-3 losing to Texas and twice to Arizona State).
— The LA Daily News focuses on Alfred Aboya’s recovery from illness.
— Tomorrow’s foe, USC, got a gut check win against the Cougars last night. It included a good defensive performance by frosh guard DeMar DeRozan on WSU’s Klay Thompson. You figure DeRozan gets either Dentmon or Thomas tomorrow.
— USC is making news for some other reasons, as well, as the NCAA is investigating the fact that guard Daniel Hackett’s dad, Rudy, works for the athletic department, allowing his son free tuition.
— Also, USC may be getting ready to take a commitment this weekend from LA big man Renardo Sidney after UCLA apparently decided not to recruit him any longer.
— Here’s the usual good roundup of the Pac-10 from The Oregonian.
More later after UW’s workout at The Galen Center.

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