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December 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Would UW beat Texas A&M if it had Breshers and Simmons?

Couldn’t help but watch Tyreese Breshers and Desmond Simmons squirm uncomfortably on the bench as Washington was being pushed around in the paint during last night’s 63-62 loss.
Breshers, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound sophomore, specialized in those tough, below-the-rim battles. He enjoyed doing the dirty work and played with a toughness and tenacity that reminded many Husky fans of former UW great Jon Brockman. But Breshers retired from basketball before the season due to an undisclosed injury and can only watch when UW gets outrebounded on the offensive glass 16-10.
The same goes for Simmons, a 6-7, 215-pound freshman who decided to redshirt because of a slow recovery from offseason athroscopic right knee surgery. His game is all hustle and rebounds.
Not sure how coach Lorenzo Romar would have integrated them in the 10-man rotation, but the Huskies could have used a little more muscle and beef inside against Texas A&M, Michigan State and Kentucky.
Without Breshers and Simmons, Washington has to rely on Aziz N’Diaye, Matthew Bryan-Amaning , Darnell Gant and Justin Holiday in the post. That’s a solid quartet, but imagine what the Huskies would look like with Breshers in Simmons making occasional contributions.
I talked briefly to Simmons last week and he said he’s still recovering from the knee injury. Given his condition, it’s highly unlikely he’d reverse his decision and play this season.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Don’t expect San Francisco to give Washington a stiff test when they meet Saturday. The Dons (3-5) host Montana today, but if their 61-35 defeat to Louisville is any indication, then the Huskies should win in another home rout. Against Louisville, San Francisco scored 11 points in the second half.
— BYU’s Jimmer Fredette torched Arizona last year for 49 and Saturday he did it again. The All-America candidate finished with 33 points and nine rebounds as the Wildcats lost 87-65 in their second straight loss to the Cougars.
— Wearing throwback jerseys, Oregon looked good in a 100-67 victory over Division III Willamette University,
— Arizona State proved to be more than a match for Gardner-Webb at home, winning 71-48.
— Big Josh Smith stood tall and led UCLA to a 72-61 victory over Cal Poly which snapped the Bruins’ four-game losing streak.
— UCLA freshman guard Matt Carlino is transferring, which leaves the Bruins with just nine scholarship players.
— It didn’t sound like it was pretty, but USC avoided a letdown after knocking off No. 19 Texas and defeated Northern Arizona 60-52.
— UW signee Hikeem Stewart battled with Oregon signee Jabari Brown and the future Duck came out on top leading visiting Oakland High to a 62-60 victory over Rainier Beach. Brown finished with a game-high 21 points.

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