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Husky Men's Basketball

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

March 11, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Stanford players react to facing UW again

The nature of tournaments such as this is that there isn’t much time to savor a win.
Stanford beat Oregon State 62-54 here in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament here tonight, then immediately had no choice but to begin thinking about the Huskies — UW and the Cardinal will play Thursday at 2:30 here at the Staples Center.
As I mentioned in the earlier post, UW and Stanford played two pretty competitive games this year, especially in Seattle when the Huskies needed Jon Brockman’s putback with 4.6 seconds left to win 84-83.
The closeness of those two games was on the minds of the Stanford players after beating Oregon State.
Stanford guard Anthony Goods said “oh yeah, definitely,” when asked if he thought the Cardinal could beat the Huskies. “Like the good book says, all men are created equal, so we are going to be ready.”
Guard Mitch Johnson, an O’Dea High grad, said the difference was that there were simply times when the Huskies turned up the intensity on the Cardinal and Stanford didn’t respond.
“We have to kind of match that level,”’ he said. “Exceed it or match it.”
More practically, the Stanford players said they need to rebound better. UW outboarded Stanford 44-28 in the first game and 39-34 in the second. The first game tied the second-highest rebound differential UW had in any Pac-10 game (behind only the first OSU game at plus-27).
“We need to box out,” said Stanford forward Landry Fields. “That’s a key with their offense.”
Added Goods: “We have to box out and rebound and definitely have to take care of the ball. We had a lot of mindless turnovers and you can’t have unforced errors against a team like that because they turn turnovers into points.”
And added Johnson: “They are super aggressive and they attack and have a lot of guys who penetrate in the lanes. But the biggest thing is that when it’s been in the balance, they’ve kind of turned it up and we haven’t.”
I fixed the last sentence as Stanford is indeed the No. 9 seed here. Stanford’s win is the first for a No, 9 seed since the tournament was revived in 2002 and all 10 teams included in 2006.

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