First let’s start with a reminder that we’re hosting a live chat at noon with Seattle University coach Cameron Dollar.
The Redhawks host Washington 7 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena. Dollar, a former Husky assistant, is 0-3 against his old team.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Steve Kelley takes a look back at the Washington-Seattle U. rivalry that began in 1953 with an epic NCAA tournament regional game in Corvallis, Ore.
— Abdul Gaddy’s flush over Nevada’s Deonte Burton on Saturday is No. 1 on the Pac-12’s top 5 dunks of the week.
— The Huskies’ next four opponents have a combined 8-17 record and none of them are above .500, which bodes well for a four-game winning streak for a team that’s in need of upswing before they play four consecutive road games starting with a trip to Connecticut on Dec. 29.
— Coach Lorenzo Romar told the News Tribune he’s had to work overtime on the sideline to push and motivate this year’s team much like he did in the 2006-07 and ’07-08 seasons.
— It takes bringing in a big-name opponent to bring out the fans. No. 8 Arizona is expecting its first sellout this season when No. 5 Florida comes to town.
— What’s with UCLA and out-of-shape players? First Joshua Smith and now Shabazz Muhammad. The Bruins have put the star freshman on a diet. He’s lost 15 pounds and wants to lose 10 more.
— Colorado (7-2) is coming off of a 36-point drubbing at Kansas and will host Fresno State (5-4) 7 p.m. tonight. Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle told the Daily Camera: “If a 36-point drubbing doesn’t humble you, I don’t know what will. Experience is the best teacher, it’s a better teacher than I am. We’ll see what we took from it. We’re not dwelling on it and we’re moving on, but we’re looking for progress.”
— It took Angus Brandt’s season-ending injury and a message from the injured Oregon State senior to motivate Joe Burton, who has been on a tear lately.
— Here’s a recap from the Spokesman-Review of Washington State’s Ken Bone’s press conference.
— California sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow, who has not played this season due to foot surgery, is not scheduled to return any time soon. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears have a tough game Saturday against No. 16 Creighton.
— And finally, for today only on 12-12-12, the Pac-12 is offering $12 tickets for a session to the conference men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas.