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March 20, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Keys to the game — Purdue

Here’s a breakdown of Saturday’s game against Purdue:
Records: No. 4 seed Washington 26-8; No. 5 seed Purdue 26-9. Where: Rose Garden (19,980). Time: 2:40 p.m. (approximate) TV: CBS. Radio: KJR-AM
KEYS TO THE GAME
No. 1: Hit open shots Incredibly obvious, but also something UW has struggled with the last few weeks. Purdue won’t give up as many easy looks as did Mississippi State, or for that matter, a lot of other teams UW has played of late. So when the Huskies do get some open looks they have to convert. The key guys in that are Isaiah Thomas (3-14 last game) and Justin Dentmon (1-6). You wouldn’t think UW could stay alive much longer with that kind of shooting.
No. 2: Don’t let Hummel get humming: Purdue’s best all-around player may be 6-8, 212-pound sophomore forward Robbie Hummel. He was an all-conference pick and three-time Player of the Week despite battling a bad back much of the season, which he says is fine now. Hummel missed five games this year and Purdue lost three of them, evidence of his value. While it’s natural to think he’ll match up with Jon Brockman, look for Darnell Gant to maybe get the first shot at guarding Hummel with Brockman on forward JaJuan Johnson, instead. As he did with James Harden a couple times, Gant needs to set an early tone of making life difficult for Hummel, who is a 39-percent shooter from three.
No. 3: Keep E’Twaun Moore in check The 6-4 sophomore guard is Purdue’s leading scorer at 14 a game and has been pretty consistent of late, hitting double figures in 11 of the past 12 and averaging 15.5 over the last nine. He’s one of the best Boilermakers at getting to the line and is also a good playmaker. Look for Justin Dentmon to get the assignment on Moore.
No. 4: Rebound: One of UW’s big statistical advantages heading into this one is on the boards —- UW has a rebounding margin of 8.5 per game while Purdue is at minus-0.3. But Purdue has been a little better on the boards of late, outrebonding Ohio State by 11 in the Big Ten title game, for instance. UW needs to keep this as an edge Saturday.
No. 5: Take care and show patience: UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the worst thing the Huskies could do tomorrow is start forcing up shots early in the shot clock. Purdue is going to make the Huskies work on offense and Romar says UW has to show patience, make the extra pass and get good shots.
LA HUSKIES TO GATHER — Also, was asked to pass along that UW fans in Los Angeles will be gathering tomorrow at the SharksCove in Manhattan Beach at 1 p.m. to watch the game.

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