January 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM
Plenty of buzz about UW’s hot start
REMINDER: C.J. Wilcox and Scott Suggs live chat at 12:45 p.m.
Here’s our game story from Washington’s 64-54 win over Colorado in its Pac-12 home opener. The Huskies are 12-5 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12, tied with UCLA for the lead in the conference.
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer writes: “Ugly is the new pretty for Washington. … Washington coach Lorenzo Romar is starting to get the best out of this team. It’s too soon to make grand declarations about the Huskies turning into an NCAA tournament squad or a conference champion. But if they keep playing defense like this, they won’t be a middle-of-the-pack afterthought. There’s just enough talent and experience on this basketball team to make this season far more interesting than previously thought.”
— Times photographer Dean Rutz put together this photo gallery.
— Here’s a collection of pics from the AP.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— It was a much-needed win for the Cougars who improved to 10-7, 1-3.
— No. 21 Oregon is the first team to play USC since it fired Kevin O’Neill and promoted Bob Cantu as interim coach.
— Ducks are pushing senior forward Arsalan Kazemi to be more assertive.
— Season-ending injuries and suspensions has forced Oregon State to rely on – sooner than expected – on a trio of young reserves freshmen Langston Morris-Walker and Olaf Schaftenaar and sophomore Challe Barton.
— No. 24 UCLA (14-3, 4-0) expects the Beavers (10-7, 0-3) to play with a sense of desperation at new Pauley Pavilion.
— The Bruins are riding a nine-game winning streak and they say they’re gelling as a team.
— And finally, UCLA will retire Jamaal Wilkes’ No. 52 jersey tonight. He was part of the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak from January 1971 to January 1974, and his jersey will be the first raised to the rafters since Gail Goodrich’s was retired in 2004.