Traveling with the family to Hawaii, so it’s going to be a light day on the blog. The Huskies will practice this afternoon, but the workout is closed to the media. Still, I’ll post an update tonight on Venoy Overton (tailbone) and if he returned to practice.
As for today’s itinerary, Washington will pose for a group photo after practice and there’s a player’s party for the teams in the tournament that features a video-game contest. Isaiah Thomas and Antoine Hosely are representing the Huskies.
A couple of Huskies, including senior forward Justin Holiday are familiar with the cramped setting of the tiny Lahaina Civic Center that seats 2,400. He played in Maui with his high school years ago.
Coach Lorenzo Romar also was an assistant at UCLA when the Bruins played in the Maui Invitational.
Note: On today’s poll. Check out the tournament bracket before you vote. The fourth and fifth place finishers are a little different in Maui.
Before we get to the links, let’s review the Pac-10’s non-conference record. The league is 18-3, but that could change dramatically after today because there’s some big games on the docket.
Today’s Pac-10 games (times local to site)
UAB at Arizona State, 2 p.m.
San Jose State at Oregon, 2 p.m.
USC vs Bradley (in Springfield, Mass), 5 p.m.
New Mexico at California, 7 p.m.
My picks: UAB, Cal, Oregon and Bradley
SATURDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Here’s our UW advance of the Maui Invitational, in which the Huskies believe their experience in prior early non-conference tournaments will help them next week.
—The New Tribune caught up with Thomas at Friday’s practice. He said he always wanted to play in Maui.
— So much for Portland spoiling Terrence Jone’s homecoming. No. 12 Kentucky had an easy time blowing away the Pilots 79-48 at the Rose Garden last night. Jones finished with 12 points and five rebounds. UK freshman Brandon Knight led all scorers with 21 points. The Wildcats fly to Maui today and will face Oklahoma on Monday.
— USC forward Alex Stepheson is making the best of a bad situation. His broken left hand isn’t costing him any games, but this was supposed to be a big, breakout year for him. So far, he’s managing just okay.
— UCLA’s Malcolm Lee (ankle) is questionable for the Bruins’ game Wednesday against No. 6 Villanova.
— Arizona is nearly set to play in Honolulu in 2012.
— The Arizona Republic provides a scouting report on UAB, the Sun Devils’ opponent today
— And finally, very interesting read from SI.com’s Luke Winn who takes an analytical look at the impact of a big-time freshman. There’s a mention of Washington’s Spencer Hawes in the story.