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February 17, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Huskies hoops links: Jernard Jarreau set to return this week

Washington forward Jernard Jarreau is expected to return to practice this week and should be available for Sunday's game against Washington State. He's missed the past 10 games due to a knee injury. (Photo credit: Stephen Brashear - Associated Press)

Washington forward Jernard Jarreau is expected to return to practice this week and should be available for Sunday’s game against Washington State. He’s missed the past 10 games due to a knee injury. (Photo credit: Stephen Brashear – AP)

Help is on the way for the slumping Huskies who have lost seven straight games.

Jernard Jarreau, who has missed the past 10 games due to a knee injury, is expected to return to practice this week. If all goes well, he’ll play Sunday at Washington State.

Coincidentally, Jarreau’s last game was Jan. 10 against the Cougars, an 80-77 UW loss Alaska Airlines Arena. He left the game in the final minutes with a limp and a few days later the Huskies announced he needed arthroscopic surgery to repair damage in his right knee. It’s the same knee which he tore his ACL in the 2013-14 season opener and missed the rest of the year.

In 10 games without Jarreau this season, Washington is 3-7.

In 15 starts, he averaged 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 22.3 minutes. But his value can’t be measured entirely with statistics. Washington has three big men 6-7 or taller on a roster that includes just nine healthy scholarship players.

“We miss him,” coach Lorenzo Romar said Monday on his weekly radio show. “I don’t want build Jernard up to be the next Coming, but it’s just that he provides the little things for us. For one he gives us some height. He’s 6-foot-10 with a 7-4 inch wingspan and we don’t have a whole lot of that right now. He understands our defense. He’s our best post defender. He can guard 3-4 different positions. He knows our offense. He is a big guy who can make plays for others, which is what we kind of been lacking. He gives us that.

“Jernard may go out and score six points, but yet may have a profound impact on the game in the other things that he does. We’ll be glad to have him back. Don’t know how much he’ll play on Sunday, but we know he probably will be available because this week he’ll spend some time practicing.”

Oddly enough, Romar is confident Jarreau will play Sunday even though the fourth-year junior has yet to get back on the court.

“He’s not a freshman in that he’s never played before,” Romar said on his radio show. “He has played in games. He’s played in Pac-12 Tournament games. He’s played on the road. He’s palyed at home. He has played at this level. So it’s just a matter of him knocking the rust off a little bit and hopefully he can knock some of that off in practice this week. He’s been out for a little over a month. Prior to that he was practicing. So it’s not like with the ACL tear where he was out for an entire year and not playing any basketball at all. It hadn’t been a long time before when he was out there.”

TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:

Bud Withers caught up with Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson who dreamed of playing for Washington, but has become a rising star for the Cougars.

— ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan includes UCLA [16-10 (8-5), RPI: 38, SOS: 17], Standford [16-9 (7-6), RPI: 50, SOS: 76] and Oregon [18-8 (8-5), RPI: 60, SOS: 87] on the NCAA bubble. All three need a strong finish in the remaining five regular-season games.

— CBSsports.com’s bracket guru Jerry Palm includes four Pac-12 teams in his NCAA projections. Here’s a look: No. 2 Arizona (West region, Portland) and No. 4 Utah (South region, Portland). No. 11 Oregon and No. 12 UCLA are tabbed to participate in the first-round, play-in games in Dayton, Ohio. Palm projects Stanford as one of the first four teams outside the tourney if it were being seeded today.

— Arizona sophomore wing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award after averaging 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a pair of road wins at Washington and Washington State.

— When freshman center Jakob Poeltl is on his game and being aggressive, Utah is really good.

— Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle went on “Good Morning Americe” to talk about Sunday’s flight from Los Angeles to Portland that included a scorpion who stung a female passenger.

— Oregon State forward Jarmel Reid reconciles past and present.

— In the latest rankings, Arizona is No. 7 and Utah is No. 9 in both polls.

— Here’s where the Pac-12 teams stack up in the RPI rankings: Arizona (7), Utah (9), UCLA (38), Stanford (50), Oregon (60), Oregon State (83), California (91), Arizona State (98), Washington (102), Colorado (111), Washington State (131) and USC (175).

— And here’s a look at the Pac-12 standings.

TEAM CONF GB OVR
No. 7 Arizona 10-2 22-3
No. 9 Utah 10-2 20-4
Oregon 8-5 2.5 18-8
UCLA 8-5 2.5 16-10
Stanford 7-6 3.5 16-9
Oregon State 7-6 3.5 16-9
California 6-7 4.5 16-10
Arizona State 5-7 5 13-12
Colorado 5-7 5 12-12
Washington State 5-8 5.5 11-14
Washington 3-10 7.5 14-11
USC 2-11 8.5 10-15

 

 

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