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March 12, 2005

Ugly but we'll take it

Posted by at 2:04 PM

It was an ugly, ugly game on Friday. It wasnít fun to watch, and it wasnít pretty. It was a gritty, slow down post-season type game. Itís not the style that the Huskies play, and itís usually not a formula for their success. But last night was different. They did things that good teams do late in the season. They adapted, improvised and overcame.

On two consecutive nights the Huskies showed the toughness that they will need to make a run in the NCAA tournament. They played a team that had beaten them less than a week ago, and instead of allowing Stanford to beat them in the same manner, the Huskies buckled down and gutted out a win.

I said yesterday that at this point in the season, all that matters are wins. Last night the Huskies showed they have the mentality to not get taken out of games when teams play a different style than them. Instead, they just took Stanfordís best shot and won the game.

I donít know what is going to happen today against Arizona. The Wildcats have been playing unbelievably well and breezed through the first two rounds of the Pac-10 tourney. But thatís what makes this time of year special. Every day there is a new hero, and every day something incredible happens. The Huskies have won two very hard fought games, and they are still hungry. They arenít coasting right now, they have an edge that a championship team needs in March.

Oh man, today is going to be fun.