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October 28, 2005

Coaches poll: Huskies out; Zags in

Posted by Bob Condotta at 6:33 PM

This is the coaches poll, with votes from 31 Division-I coaches -- as far as I can tell, one coach from every D-I conference, though I couldn't find anyone at this hour to confirm that for me.

The only Pac-10 coach in the poll is Arizona State's Rob Evans and I would assume UW got his vote after he saw the Huskies beat his team three times last season.

I would imagine UW also got votes from Bob Thomason, the coach of the Pacific team the Huskies beat in the second round of the tournament last year; and Steve Fisher, the coach of the San Diego State team UW beat something like 125-12 last year.

But who knows about Tevester Anderson, the coach at Jackson State, or Ted Woodward from Maine.

Like the poll of ESPN personalities we referenced here a little while ago, there were three Pac-10 teams rated -- Arizona at No. 9, Stanford at No. 13 and UCLA (tied for 18.). Also, Gonzaga is No. 7. The only other West Coast team in the poll is Nevada at No. 25.

As for why there's no UW, I might have found the answer when I turned on the TV in my room and switched to ESPN, where the Knicks were playing the Nets in an exhibition game. There was Nate Robinson hitting a three-pointer, then taking a pass and going in for a lay-in, only to be fouled.

I think the national jury will be out on this team until it proves it can win without Nate. Nationally, Nate was so much the face of the Huskies last year that a lot of people, I'm sure, just see that he's gone and figure on a little of a downturn.

Still, UW's not being greatly disrespected. Being No. 28 is assuming a team that makes it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Also, while there's little doubt that UW has positioned itself to be a force for years to come, until the consistency occurs at the level of a Stanford or Arizona, there will be those who will wonder about the Huskies.

But UW doesn't have to wait long to get into all of the polls. Just beat Gonzaga on Dec. 4 and the votes will come rolling in.