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November 10, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Six wins, one very big loss for Pac-12

The Pac-12 ran the table in Friday’s men’s college basketball season opener, but the conference lost arguably its best player when the NCAA rule UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad ineligible. UCLA is going to appeal the decision and hopes the 6-6 shooting guard will be able to play this season. Not sure how likely that is…


Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

November 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Pac-12 Media Day Live Thread

WASHINGTON ON STAGE — Coach Lorenzo Romar and senior guard Abdul Gaddy representing the Huskies.
Romar said it’s a fun time of year.
On home court advantage at Hec Ed, Romar said the building has been there a long time. He said it’s very intimate. He said there’s been some fun times in that building.
On Jernard Jarreau, Romar said he was a 6-3 freshman guard in high school. He’s grown seven inches and put on weight. Romar said he’s more consistent shooting the ball and better in the low post. Romar is pleased on his development.
On Arizona, Romar said he’s not sure if it’s a rivalry but noted the past few games have been fun because they’ve been hard-fought games that have been decided at the buzzer.
On expectations, Gaddy said he want to be the best leader possible. He said he’s learned from Isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter and Jon Brockman about how to lead off the court and on the court.
On chemistry, Gaddy said UW has great team chemistry. He said the team doesn’t have a dominant personality. “The team is the face of the team,” he said.
On chemistry, Romar said Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox will also help to lead alongside Gaddy.
CALIFORNIA ON STAGE — Coach Mike Montgomery and junior guard Allen Crabbe representing the Golden Bears.
Montgomery said he was disappointed not winning the conference championship last season. He said there’s a good nucleus of players returning, noting five players who have started at one time or another. “We got the pieces to be competitive. … Now it’s the job to put them on the same page and win big.” Montgomery expects 8-9 players to contribute.
On Richard Solomon, Montgomery said it was a tough deal when he was ruled academically ineligible last year. He said Solomon has grown up and is much more mature. “That’s not to say he won’t dunk and pound his chest every once in awhile,” Montgomery added.
On David Kravish, Montgomery said he’s up to 220 pounds from 170 when he first arrived. He’s stronger than ever before. Montgomery said Kravish has been pushed and will continue to push him to do more on the floor.
On leadership role, Crabbe said the upperclassmen will need to step up.
More on leadership, Crabbe said there’s more opportunities for him to step up and lead by example.
On health issues, Montgomery said. at this time last year he was 10-12 days out of surgery. He said the health scare was a wake-up call.
On the freshmen, Montgomery said he has a lot of veterans and his policy is to have first-year players learn. Freshman guard Ricky Kreklow is out with a broken foot. Montgomery said Tyrone Wallace will likely receive early minutes.
On the new TV deal’s impact on recruits, Montgomery said “people are going to get interested in you that probably in the past wouldn’t because our television coverage was very poor.”
On the Pac-12 contenders, Montgomery said a lot of what’s being projected is on NBA upside, which was a nod to UCLA. He said Arizona is loaded “there’s no question about that.” He said the league has gotten a lot better. He said Stanford is very good. “There’s a lot of people to like in this league,” he said. “The league should be a lot better from top to bottom so it should be pretty exciting.”


Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, Pac-12 Media Day

November 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Arizona picked to win Pac-12; UW fifth

The official Pac-12 preseason media and in a bit of an upset, Arizona edged UCLA for the top spot. Washington, the reigning Pac-12 champion, is picked fifth. The Huskies received two first-place votes. The Bruins had the most first-place votes (16), but Wildcats received the most points 403-402. Here’s a look at the poll. First-place votes are…


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October 29, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Five Pac-12 exhibtions this week

Washington took care of business in its exhibition last week and claimed an 88-78 win over Division II Western Washington. Many Pac-12 teams will play practice games this week starting with Oregon which takes on Concordia tonight at Matt Knight Arena. Here’s a look at the exhibition season for the Pac-12 teams. ARIZONA Oct. 31 vs. Humboldt State Nov. 6…


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October 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Arizona, UCLA land in AP preseason poll

Apparently I’m one of two voters in the Associated Press poll who believe defending NCAA champion Kentucky should begin the season ranked first in the polls. The Wildcats are third in the AP top 25 poll, which was released today. No. 1-ranked Indiana received 43 first-place votes while second place Louisville garnered 20 votes. No other…


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October 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM

UW performs well in graduation rate report

The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report for the classes of 2002-2005 in all sports and the Washington men’s basketball team fared reasonably well compared to other Pac-12 teams. The Huskies tied for third in the conference. The GSR report represents data from first-time freshmen, student-athletes who entered at midyear and student-athletes who transferred…


Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, top 25, UCLA

October 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Western Washington game thread

IT’S OVER — Washington 88-78.
ALMOST OVER — The Huskies are firmly in control now. UW 86-75, 1:12.
SLOWING DOWN — Not the game. The game is heating up, but unfortunately I’ve got to slow down on the updates. UW 69-69, 6:44.
ALL SQUARE — Things are getting tense. The Huskies wanted a good challenge, but this is something else. Brings back memories of Seattle Pacific upsetting Arizona last year. UW 65-65, 9:56.
STILL CLOSE — UW 62-58, 11:39.
UW TIMEOUT — It’s a one-point game. Wow. Just too many turnovers for the Huskies that’s creating points for the Vikings. It’s not just Gaddy, who is ready to check in. It’s been Suggs and Kemp as well. UW 59-58, 13:24.
BONUS — The Huskies are in the bonus early in the second half. UW 59-52, 14:38.
MEDIA TIMEOUT — Both teams needed a break in the action after several minutes of spirited play. The Vikings just aren’t going away because Allen won’t them give up. He has 17 points. Gaddy was aggressive early in the half, but on the last possession he made a horrible pass that led to a turnover. Andrews will check in for Gaddy when the play resumes and the Vikings are going to the line to shoot two free throws. UW 57-51, 15:05.
BE AGGRESSIVE — Gaddy is much more aggressive in the second half. It looked as if Romar gave him a talk on the sidelines. UW 54-43, 17:31.
SECOND HALF — Same starters. UW 52-39, 18:23.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — It’s difficult not to be impressed with Andrews who has a game-high 12 points on 2-for-3 shooting. He’s 4 of 4 on FTs. He also has two assists and rebounds. Wilcox has eight points on 3-for-7 shooting. He’s 1 of 3 on three-pointers. He’s also been a monster on the boards and has four rebounds. Kemp has been impressive with four points and three rebounds.
Stewart has made a difference with his defense. He provides a spark with his perimeter defense, which is reminiscent of Venoy Overton.
Washington is 9 of 14 on free throws. The Huskies have 10 turnovers and has forced nine.
HALFTIME — UW 46-37.


Comments | Topics: Abdul Gaddy, Brad Jackson, C.J. Wilcox

October 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Kentucky tops my preseason top 25 list

I’ve been asked to vote in the Associated Press men’s college basketball rankings this season. I’ll try and post my rankings Sunday night in this space. This is the preseason top 25 list I emailed to AP. It also includes a preseason All-American team. No. 1 Kentucky No. 2 Indiana No. 3 Louisville No. 4 Michigan No. 5 North Carolina State No….


Comments | Topics: Aaron Gordon, top 25, UCLA

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