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March 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Oregon State post-game analysis

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Here’s how next week’s Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center shapes up.
No. 8 Oregon will play No. 9 at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the play-in game. The winner meets top-seed California Thursday in the quarterfinals.
No. 4 Arizona faces No. 5 UCLA in the top half of the bracket and the winner advances to the semifinals to meet the Cal vs. No.8 or No. 9 winner.
The bottom half of the bracket begins with No. 2 Arizona State playing No. 7 Stanford.
Washington is the No. 3 seed and it will face No. 6 Oregon State at 6 p.m. Thursday in a rematch of tonight’s 82-70 UW victory.
The Huskies bused to Seattle tonight. They’ll practice Monday and Tuesday before flying to Los Angeles Wednesday.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said he’s never been involved in a situation where he’s had to play a college team in back to back games. Oregon State did it last year in the College Basketball Invitational. In fact, the Beavers played UTEP in three straight games, winning the first and third contests to claim the CBI championship.
Not sure what that experience will mean next week because in the Huskies have had a relatively easy time with OSU twice this season. The scores are misleading. Washington led comfortably in its 76-70 win in the conference opener on New Year’s Eve and UW was never seriously threatened in the second half tonight.
“I thought we gelled on both ends of the floor as a team,” Romar said. “It was good to see that. Thirty field goals, 18 assists with seven turnovers it makes you feel pretty good about our effort on the offensive end because we were so concerned with their 1-3-1 trap.”
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— Oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone is supposed to bother smaller guards, but 5-foot-8 Isaiah Thomas (above) has scored 19 points on both games against the Beavers. And Thomas was amazing efficient. He sank eight of 12 shots and if not for three missed treys, his percentage would have been even higher.
When Thomas wasn’t scoring, he was setting up teammates for easy scoring opportunities. Thomas had five assists. He’s had at least four assists in four of the past eight games. We’ve noted it before, but the Huskies are 9-1 when he has at least four assists.
— While we’re tracking statistics, consider this one. UW is 2-0 when Matthew Bryan-Amaning has a double double. Okay, that’s not as enlightening, but it goes to show Bryan-Amaning can be a force. Obviously the Oregon game was a hiccup and everyone’s favorite Brit continues a late-season resurgence that mirrors the Huskies turnaround.
Bryan-Amaning has scored in double figures in seven of the past eight games. We raved about him last week when he had 17 points and 12 rebounds at Washington State and tonight’s performance (20 and 11) was just as spectacular considering he added two blocks and two steals.
— After the game Quincy Pondexter had a sore throat when he met with the media and he said he’s been battling an illness. Pondexter said he felt awful and I asked if he would have played if this game were in December.
“I don’t like missing games, but who knows,” he said. “I have no idea. I just wanted to come out and play today.”
Pondexter said there’s no way he’ll miss Thursday’s game.
He talked about his Player of the Year chances, saying he’s done everything he could to make his case. After a 34-10-6 outing Thursday, Pondexter could win the Player of the Week award for a record fifth time.
“It depends on how you vote. Does the No. 1 team, do you have to have the guy from that team? If you use any other criteria, there’s no way he doesn’t get it. … What he’s done for our team has been nothing short of phenomenal. I don’t know you could try real hard to not give it to him if you don’t want to, but I think he deserves it.”
The only other serious POY candidate is Cal’s Jerome Randle and in his final game tonight he had 11 points on 2-for-10 shooting, five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers.
— When did Venoy Overton become a three-point specialist? Maybe I missed that one, but the junior guard looked deadly efficient behind the arc knocking down 3 of 3 treys. It’s a season high for Overton, who finished with 11 points and four assists, just two turnovers.
Abdul Gaddy had his best game in a long time. The OSU statistician nearly robbed Gaddy of two points and gave them to Bryan-Amaning. After some checking after the game, the points were rewarded to Gaddy who had seven on 3-for-4 shooting. He also had two assists.
I noted it in the game thread, the most impressive play from Gaddy came early in the second half when he drove hard to the basket for a layup. He was fouled in mid-air, absorbed the contact from Jared Cunningham and still finished at the rim.
“Early in the season, I don’t know if I would have done that,” Gaddy said. “I’ve worked hard. I’ve gotten stronger. I feel stronger. And I’ve grown. Now I’m being a lot more aggressive.”
Said Romar: “He got to play extended minutes tonight and he was one of the guys that did a great job on top of that zone.”
Justin Holiday didn’t shoot well (0 for 4), but he chipped in four assists and had two steals. Tyreese Breshers also had six rebounds.
— And finally, Romar believes UW, which is now 4-7 on the road, is ready for tournament in LA. The Huskies have a four-game winning streak and they’ve won 9 of the past 11 games.
“What’s happened before our eyes is our team has become a decent road team and learned to withstand those come backs and those crowds,” he said. “The jeering and the taunting and whatever it is that comes along with the road.”

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