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February 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM

ESPN picks Tony Wroten Pac-12 POY

ESPN polled its writers, analyst and contributors and seven of 11 who contributed in a poll picked Washington freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. as the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
He received votes from analysts Dick Vitale and Miles Simon as well as Eamonn Brennan, who covers the Pac-12.
Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham finished second in the polling with three votes while Washington’s Terrence Ross, California’s Jorge Gutierrez and Oregon’s Devoe Joseph each picked up one vote.
The panel gave the Coach of the Year award to Colorado’s Tad Boyle. He collected six votes., Cal’s Mike Montgomery received three, Arizona’s Sean Miller two and UW’s Lorenzo Romar and Oregon’s Dana Altman each got one.
Plenty of interesting links today. Should be more than enough to keep you informed and entertained this afternoon.

— Washington coach Lorenzo Romar told Steve Kelley the Huskies are forced to play a different style of defense because he doesn’t have the small, quick “water bugs” he had in the past and has a back court comprised of 6-3 and 6-5 guards.
— Romar also spoke with KJR-AM this morning (below). He said the Huskies were two possessions away from nonconference wins at Nevada and against Marquette. If UW won those games, it wouldn’t be on the NCAA tournament bubble.
Bud Withers examines the possibility of the Pac-12 sending four teams to the NCAA tournament. He also talked to Washington State coach Ken Bone and got a deeper explanation on the final play in last Saturday’s 59-55 UW victory. On the second-to-last WSU possession, deep reserve Patrick Simon came off the bench cold and took a potential game-winning three-pointer that fell short in the final seconds.
—’s Andy Glockner believes a Pac-12 regular-season title doesn’t guarantee the Huskies an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. He notes: “Washington will finish without a top-50 win and likely will be 3-8 against the RPI top 100 entering the Pac-12 tournament. After the league went 1-29 in nonconference play against RPI top 50 teams, there simply were no good wins to get in league play.”
— While others debate UW’s NCAA tournament credentials, he told the News Tribune the Huskies should make the Big Dance.
— The Sports Illustrated expose written by Pulitzer Prize-winning George Dohrmann proved to be an indictment on UCLA coach Ben Howland and paints a disturbing picture of how the program has eroded over the years.
— Not everyone believes the program is in turmoil. “I knew that there were a few bad eggs in the program, but that happens at every program,” Minnesota Timberwolves forward and former UCLA standout Kevin Love told
— The more immediate concern for UCLA is devising a plan to stop Washington State forward Brock Motum, who is the leading Pac-12 scorer in conference games.
Big game Thursday in Eugene, Ore. between the Ducks and Colorado. Both teams are 11-5 in the Pac-12 and they’re still alive in the league title race. However, realistically they’re playing for a first-round bye in next week’s conference tournament.
— Three Oregon players (E.J. Singler, Garrett Sim and Joseph) are deserving of consideration for postseason awards.
— Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas ranks among the top NBA rookies. He ranks fourth on a list compiled by “From Day 1, he was our best (point) guard in training camp, not taking anything from Tyreke (Evans) and not taking anything away from Jimmer (Fredette),” Kings assistant Bobby Jackson told “He’s really competitive. He wants to learn. He works hard. He’s always the first guy here — putting in the extra shots, wanting to see what he needs to do to get better, watching film. He’s a student of the game. He likes to compete. He doesn’t back down from anybody.”
— UW assistant Jim Shaw and former Husky star Quincy Pondexter talked to KJR-AM this morning.

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