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March 3, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Keys to the game – Seattle U.

Here’s a breakdown of tonight’s game against Seattle University
Records: No. 16 Washington 22-7; Seattle University 19-7. Where: Edmundson Pavilion (10,000). Time: 8 p.m. TV: FSN-NW. Radio: KJR-AM
No. 1: Set the tempo: UW backup guard Venoy Overton is becoming a cult hero around these parts because of his harassing defense, which often drives opponents batty. He’s quick enough and smart enough to disrupt Seattle U.’s offense. Said SU coach Joe Callero: “Getting the ball from the backcourt to an operational area offensively and getting a quality shot every possession is vital. That’s where it starts.”
No. 2: Jon Brockman: The 6-7, 255-pound All-America candidate will be the most physically imposing player on the floor and he has to play like it. SU’s forwards Mike Boxley (6-5), Michael Wright (6-5) and Austen Powers (6-8) will have their hands full. Brockman, a senior playing his second to last game at home, will also have to guard against getting too emotional. He spoke this week about how these last few games are going to be special.
No. 3: Shoot straight: To combat the size disparity on the front line, the Redhawks will likely play some form of a matchup zone, which isn’t anything new to Huskies. Most recently they saw this last Thursday against Arizona State and several other times this season. This defense tests the decision making of guards Justin Dentmon and Isaiah Thomas who will have a lot of looks at open three-pointers. In the past three games, Dentmon has shot 0-for-4, 1-for-9 and 1-for-5 behind the arc. Shooters have to shoot so the only way he can break this slump is to continue shooting.
No. 4: Find the cracks: Every zone has holes and Quincy Pondexter has proven to be adept at finding them. The 6-6 junior forward has reached double figure scoring in each of the past eight games. His mid-range game has improved to a point where he operates efficiently in the key and along the baseline. He will also be a difficult cover for the Redhawks because he’s active and runs the floor well.
No. 5: Guard against overconfidence: Las Vegas hasn’t set a line on this game, however, Callero jokingly said he wouldn’t be surprised if his Redhawks were 20-point underdogs. The SU coach is playing the David-vs.-Goliath angle hard and putting all the pressure on the Huskies. Coach Lorenzo Romar has done an excellent job keeping the UW focused all season, still one of his favorite lines is “You can’t con a con and you can’t kid a kid,” which is to say his players know they should beat SU handidly. The first 10 minutes will indicate if the Huskies are taking the game seriously or not.



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