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March 10, 2008 9:41 PM

Brockman and Cal

Posted by Bob Condotta

After completing our interview sessions before practice today, most of us stayed in the media room to write our stories.

When I was done, shortly after UW's practice ended, I headed down the hallway behind the court just in time to look up and see Jon Brockman walking on crutches into the training room.

It was almost exactly 48 hours before tipoff of UW's Pac-10 tournament game against Cal, and it seemed hard to believe he'd be able to play. Brockman expressed his own doubts when he talked to reporters before practice, though still holding out hope.

"There's a chance,'' he said. "So that's what I'm holding on to.''

It seems a bleak way for the Huskies to enter a tournament in which they may need to win at least one game to assure some sort of post-season bid.

If there are any good omens in any of this it's UW's history this season against Cal.

The Huskies have more experience playing without Brockman against Cal than against any other conference team as he recorded two of his three lowest-minute outings of Pac-10 play against the Bears (the lowest was in the blowout at Oregon State). Those were also two of his least-productive games.

Brockman played 24 minutes in the first game against Cal and 23 in the second, limited each time due to foul trouble (he averages 31.7 minutes for the season).

In the first game, Brockman had 15 points and just four rebounds. In the second, he had 10 points (tying his lowest of the season) and again just four rebounds (which made it somewhat ironic that Cal coach Ben Braun speculated aloud afterward that it had to have been a long time since Brockman had managed only four rebounds in a game). The two four-rebound games against Cal were his two lowest-rebound totals of the season, and two of only nine in single-digits all year.

In the first game, besides battling foul trouble, Brockman was at about his lowest ebb in dealing with a groin injury. With Brockman ailing and in foul trouble, Artem Wallace turned in his best game of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds, a performance that might have been good enough lift UW to the win had the Huskies shot better than 8-18 from the three throw line (or 7-27 from the three-point line).

Brockman picked up his second foul with 5:14 left in the first half of the second meeting with Cal and was replaced with the Bears ahead 27-26. He sat out the rest of the half, and the Huskies then went on a 23-17 run to take a 49-44 halftime lead, a lead UW never gave up.

Brockman picked up his fourth foul with 16:07 left in the game and then sat until the 6:14 mark during which time the Huskies and Bears played to a standoff --- UW led by seven when left, and by seven when he returned.

So while his teammates would obviously rather Brockman be out there Wednesday, at least it won't be a completey unfamiliar feeling being without him against the Bears.

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Posted by MT Husky

4:25 AM, Mar 11, 2008

Bob, that was an excellent article on QPon. I enjoyed it immensely.

Jerry Brewer is dead-on right in his article, but next year we'll have the guards (he failed to mention Elston Turner) - combined with the continued growth and maturity of QPon I'm excited about the direction the team is headed.

Posted by Ziasudra

6:30 AM, Mar 11, 2008

There have been many athletes I have characterized as being good enough to lose the game for you. They have abilities, look good, and thereby get themselves into the game; only to mess up at the critical point. I could name baseball, football and basketball players I've watched over many years, who have disappointed me, losing games for the teams I rooted for (sorry for the poor grammar).
It's just that I love sports. . . .

Posted by mattysimone

8:42 AM, Mar 11, 2008

we need alot more than 6 people in the tourney bracket! go to espn.com find fantasy and click tourney challenge. its free and no bs spam to your email. the league is Pac10Rules and password is bobc I dont see the experts in there yet. aka geno, armisted and everybody else. and its not only our division but your up against the nation.

Posted by Cougfan

9:12 AM, Mar 11, 2008

Who is in so far?

Posted by lo

9:17 AM, Mar 11, 2008

me ... and i am already winning.

uw@uva - lo

Posted by Spanaway Dave

12:14 PM, Mar 11, 2008

Matty,

Thanks for setting up the bracket challenge. It's another way of extending the season and keeping things interesting for all the basketball junkies who follow Bob's blog. It would sure be nice to be able to put the dawgs in a bracket, but ... there's always next year ... ah, what the heck!?!? ... Go Dawgs! Four wins and you're in!!!!

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