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March 13, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Keys to the game — Arizona State

Here’s a breakdown of today’s game against Arizona State:
Records: No. 10 Washington 25-7, 14-4; Arizona State 23-8, 11-7. Where: Staples Center. Time: 6 p.m. TV: FSN. Radio: KJR-AM
KEYS TO THE GAME
No. 1: Wear ’em out: This was No. 1 for the Stanford game yesterday, as well, and we saw how well that ended up working out. It was pretty much the key to the whole game that UW got the Cardinal playing at its pace and Stanford eventually wilted. ASU will be better at playing its style tonight. Still, playing in consecutive days should work in UW’s favor due to better depth.
No. 2: Contest the three: As mentioned before the other meetings, no Pac-10 team tries more threes than ASU. UW did a nice job defending the three in the first two meetings, holding ASU to a combined 11-46. Some of that is ASU just missing, but some of it is UW’s quickness on the perimeter getting out to get a hand in the face.
No. 3: Harass Harden: The Huskies did a nice job in James Harden in each of the first two games with the trio of Darnell Gant, Justin Holiday and Quincy Pondexter putting a lot of pressure on him, and getting him to foul out of the second guy, a huge key to the OT win. Figures that UW will employ the same strategy this time. But playing in front of a lot of NBA scouts tonight, Harden is likely to be especially fired up to prove a point. UW’s defense will need to be especially stout.
No. 4: Pester Pendergraph: The Brockman-Pendergraph matchups are worth the price of admission. Pendergraph, though, has put up big numbers, a combined 45 points and 29 rebounds hitting 20-29 field goals. Allowing him another big game could be hard to overcome a third time.
No. 5: Perpetuate history: For whatever reason, UW has just really had ASU’s number during the Lorenzo Romar era as the coach is 13-3 against the Sun Devils since taking over, and has won 13 of the past 14 after losing both his first year. Twice in the past five years UW has beaten ASU three times, meaning also beating the Devils in the Pac-10 Tournament. Coaches like to say none of that matters come tip off. We’ll see.

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