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February 27, 2005

Sweet victory

Posted by at 10:31 PM

Saturday's victory over Arizona was such a huge win for UW that I must, for at least a couple of minutes, bask in the glow of it.

First of all, Tre Simmons has become a legit NBA prospect. He has become one of the best shooters in the Pac-10 in recent years. I think he'll be a late first round or early second round pick. Shooting has got to be a priority right now for teams in the league.

Nate Robinson is also looking like he's ready to take the next step. He works so hard and has so much fun. UW will likely lose Nate after this year, but what a great time it's been. I'm just glad that the dawn of Nate's era coincides with the birth of the Brockman/Martell era, which could be equally energized and inspired.

It was also gigantic to see Hakeem Rollins get a key tip-in. It was as if senior day was all tightly scripted.

And finally there's Will Conroy, who will replace Chet Dorsey as the all-time UW assists leader next weekend. Will consistently steps up when the chips are down. Because of that, Will has got to be the player who will be hardest to replace of all of these guys. I guess that makes him the most valuable player on this team ultimately, whoever leads the team in scoring.

These guys found a way to beat a very good Arizona team. The game will easily stand as one of the five best games in Hec-Ed since I started going in 1969.

But if we go down to Cal and Stanford and don't sweep (which we've yet to do on the road in the conference this year), this great win will seem less special. That's the way it's going to be every week from here on to the end of this already storied season.