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March 16, 2008 12:10 AM

Selection Sunday's here

Posted by Bob Condotta

And the Huskies will be involved, if fairly peripherally.

The Huskies are hoping for/expecting a bid to the BCI today, which I detail here in this story. If so, UW will likely host a game Tuesday or Wednesday at Hec Ed against a team like San Diego State or Nevada.

An NIT bid seems unlikely for the Huskies, who aren't included in the latest NIT-ology. As you can see, that projection includes two Pac-10 teams in the NIT --- Arizona State and Cal --- which if true would mean six Pac-10 teams getting NCAA invites.

That's how Joe Lunardi of ESPN saw it in his Bracketology printed Saturday, listing ASU as one of the last four teams out (and which, if the Sun Devils indeed get left behind, will lead to questions forever of how things might have been different had Scott Eggers not made that call on Jeff Pendergraph at the end of the USC game Thursday).

Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline sees an even bleaker day ahead for the Pac-10 calling for just five confererence teams to make it to the NCAA Tournament --- excluding both ASU and Oregon but including Arizona along with the four Pac-10 teams that are guaranteed bids. If so, expect lots of questions in Tempe and Eugene from those wondering how Arizona could go 0-4 against the Ducks and Sun Devils and finish behind each in the Pac-10, yet get a bid ahead of both of them.

Also in our paper today is this column from Steve Kelley on former UW assistant Ken Bone, who led Portland State to an automatic bid. Kelley says Oregon State should hire Bone to fill its vacancy. Rumblings at the Pac-10 Tournament hinted that the first coach on OSU's list is Randy Bennett of St. Mary's, with Bone thought to be a fallback candidate.

And Bud Withers offers this Q-and-A on what to expect today.

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Posted by 2tite4U FoSho

1:12 AM, Mar 16, 2008

!!!!!!!!!!!FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

with a bullet suckers!

Posted by im mikey

1:25 AM, Mar 16, 2008

heres to hoping that i get another shot at seeing the huskies win their last home game while im still a student!

Posted by FloridaHusky

6:13 AM, Mar 16, 2008

The Huskies should stay home. They aren't very good and there's no reason to go out and try and showcase a team that is not only not ready for prime time, it should stay backstage altogether. Romar needs to go back to the drawing board because in my mind, there's nothing that indicates that these players are going to be any better next year. The team plays with no offensive system except to freelance. They don't have the athletes to pull of what Romar is trying to do. Their defense, while good at times this year, was spotty. Free throw shooting perhaps the worst in the nation, which is embarrassing. I hope this team doesn't embarrass itself any more by trying to play in the post-season, especially in some contrived tournament that proves nothing if you win at all.

Posted by mccr

6:48 AM, Mar 16, 2008

Ken Bone's departure is I think the greatest, and least remarked upon reason for the Husky's struggles the past two years. Yes, he was gone in 2006...but then, we did have by far the best player in the nation and more NBA caliber talent. Anyone close to the teams Bone was a part of know just how crucial he was to turning this program around...and unfortunately, they also how far his replacements fall from reaching his level of coaching. And on top of this he is a genuinely great, intelligent guy. I hope I'll have a reason to root for the Beav's soon!

Posted by mccr

6:51 AM, Mar 16, 2008

Ken Bone's departure is I think the greatest, and least remarked upon reason for the Husky's struggles the past two years. Yes, he was gone in 2006...but then, we did have by far the best player in the nation and more NBA caliber talent. Anyone close to the teams Bone was a part of know just how crucial he was to turning this program around...and unfortunately, they also how far his replacements fall from reaching his level of coaching. And on top of this he is a genuinely great, intelligent guy. I hope I'll have a reason to root for the Beav's soon!

Posted by Lo

8:07 AM, Mar 16, 2008

Not only was ken bone a great x's and o's guy but he was also the "a$$hole" coach who yelled at the players and got them in check. I hear he's not liked at portland state because he's still like that ... but as long as they produce who cares if he's liked. Seems to me that not only do we need an x's and o's guy back but we also need someone to bring the huskies to the early days of short haircuts, exemplary behavior and a wholesome fear of misbehaving (see venoy).

Posted by Number 98

9:43 AM, Mar 16, 2008

BCI? We playing Franklin's summer league team?

Posted by junkman

11:30 AM, Mar 16, 2008

Why is AZ assumed to be in? They had a losing conference record and finished 4-8. Is it because of some nice wins in November - an eternity ago? This goes against everything the committee is supposed to be looking at. I don't get it...

Posted by KelsoDuck

12:09 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Dito to the junkman. As an Oregon fan I have no problem with the Ducks being left out of the tournament this year, after the mediocre year they had. But if Arizona gets an invite and Oregon doesn’t, after the Ducks swept them this year and finished with a better Pac-10 record, then there’s something wrong with the selection committee’s thinking.

Posted by Jed

12:17 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Florida Husky,
I disagree. The record is not as good as last year but this team is considerably better. They play much better defense, and actually are able to make some defensive stops. Last year the perimeter defense was nonexistent. They have been up and down inpart due to stretches when they have shown poor effort; the effort has been very good late in the year. They still pound the boards and have pulled together better as a team and shown much better mental toughness and grit.

They are significantly handicapped by no playmakers on the perimeter. Morris, Appleby, Smith and Dentman are playing hard but are one dimensional ( Appleby), maxed out on their ability and often inconsistent. The athletic talent and potential of VO, Holiday and MBA is obvious; their upside is much higher.

Again despite the record I am encouraged by the team and by Romar. He clearly understands to win consistently you have to play intense pressure defense, contest passing lanes, and pound the boards(for years one of the best rebounding teams year in and year out regardless of lack of height), and play physical. The offensive talent was'nt there but they are to be commended for taking some of the best teams this year to the wire and at times on the road. (eg, beating UCLA, and coming within a possession of beating Stanford. They missed beating Pitt by 0.3 seconds- a team which has had some great wins this year. They played WSU to the wire twice this year a team which WSU feels may be the best in the history of their program. UW looked every bit as good as WSU in the second game and UW was playing on the road. I agree with Bud Withers that UW does not need to hang its head by its play against Cal in the tournament. They played hard and kept it very close coming back several times when they were on the ropes and could have folded; this even without Brockman. Cal has underacheived periodically this year but they have a lot of BB talent.

The PAC10 is really strong this year and there will be a number of automatic NCAA bids into the tournament by virtue of being league champions of weak leagues who couldn't beat any of the top 9 teams in the PAC10.

So is the glass half empty or half full? I believe the latter

Posted by brie

12:47 PM, Mar 16, 2008

jed; a better response than i would have given, so thank you and i agree.

Posted by KelsoDuck

12:50 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Jed I couldn’t agree more. The Huskies looked very good at times this year, and with the recruiting class they have coming in next year the future looks bright for you guys. I believe your glass is definitely half full.

Posted by GenoIsMyIdol

12:58 PM, Mar 16, 2008

Jed...you need to take your head out of the sand and see things logically. You assessing this season at a micro level when you need to look at what the rest of the world sees. Anyone outside King County could less for the Huskies much less outside the greater Pacific NW. You think anyone east of North Bend gives a hoot about the micro play at guard, that the Huskies supposedly played better defense this year, that there were stretches of brilliance and stretches of lackadaisical play, that Romar couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag if he tried, that Brockman pounded the boards with a vengeance, that Applehead outdid himself beyond the three point arc on many games but threw airballs when the game was on the line, that VO, Holiday, and MBA are up and coming pro’s (yeah right…and so is my 80 yr old grandma), that UW beat UCLA on paper when everyone knows UW would lose any game against UCLA if it was important, that…..well, you get the point. UW Is a loser, look at their record. They beat the likes of Portland State, U of Portland, Lakes High School Girls Basketball team, and the Lakewood Elementary team to make it to 500 this year….500 ball Jed…that is EVEN PLAY. The team is considerably better that what Jed, than Lakewood Elementary. If so, then yes, you are right – I do believe they are better than Lakewood Elementary. But better than EIGHT OTHER TEAMS in the PAC-10 (I believe CAL is better than the HUSKIES in a must-win game) than no – UW stinks up the place.

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