Fun story this week in Sports Illustrated about Washington’s Isaiah Thomas.
Whenever he googles himself, the UW junior guard is often confused by search engines for Isiah Thomas, the Hall of Famer who starred with the Detroit Pistons. The two met two years ago and they’ve stayed in contact ever since, communicating about once a week via text messages or phone conversations.
“It’s an honor to be named after someone like [Isiah],” the younger Thomas told SI. “It was weird at first, but I’m used to it now. I’m trying to do what he did on the court.”
— Our advance takes a look at Matthew Bryan-Amaning who averages 8.8 points in five UW defeats, which is nine points fewer than his Pac-10 scoring average.
— Thomas tells the News Tribune that he’s anxious to get back on the court following Sunday’s defeat.
— Since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, the Huskies are 13-5 in games following a loss.
— SI.com includes Justin Holiday among its list of top 15 senior draft prospects.
— Oregon State coach Craig Robinson gives his team a C- grade at the midpoint of the season.
— Nice feature in the Oregonian on Oregon State’s freshman forward Devon Collier.
— Oregon needs a win tonight against Washington State to get to .500 and coach Dana Altman is optimistic about the rest of the season.
— Contrary to popular belief, Arizona isn’t a dominant power team. The Wildcats are led by sophomore star forward Derrick Williams, but they’ve been winning because of their three-point shooting and three point defense.
— After a 1-8 Pac-10 start, Arizona State hopes to wipe the slate clean as it begins the second half of the season.
— Josh Smith, the former Kentwood High star, and UCLA’s guards led the Bruins to a 64-50 victory over USC last night. Smith finished with 15 points and six rebounds and UCLA guard Malcolm Lee had 13 points.