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Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies. E-mail Bob.

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November 28, 2005

Catching up

Posted by Bob Condotta at 4:48 PM

Sorry for the break, but figured the Thanksgiving holiday was a good time to take a few days off before we get into the heart of basketball season.

I was hoping to write something here today detailing where Washington stands among the highest-scoring teams in the country to date.

But the NCAA has yet to update its Web site with any stats for this season, making it hard to definitively say where the Huskies rank. I figure that the Huskies probably are right at the top, however, with their 98.5 points per game scoring average, just one of many impressive numbers for UW right now.

UW has outscored its six foes by an average of 33 points per game, is hitting 52.9 percent of its shots to 39.6 for its opponents; hitting 42-105 three pointers (40 percent) to 28-95 (29.5) for opponents; outrebounding opponents 40-30; outassisting them 139-81; outstealing them 72-41; and outblocking them 35-17.

The caveat, obviously, is that the best of the six opponents is Air Force.

And all of which raises the huge question of just how good the Huskies are.

Luckily, we won't have to wait that long now to find that out with the Gonzaga game now just six days away.

Asked about the high-scoring numbers after the blowout of Loyola-Marymount on Friday, UW coach Lorenzo Romar said there's no question that the Huskies will have a tougher time tallying points at the same rate now that the schedule gets harder.

"A lot of (UW's points) comes off our defense," Romar said. "If it was just our offense, maybe we'd get shut down a little bit. But our defense is generating a lot of points. When we play against some teams that maybe are superior athletically or physically may be better or just as good, obviously we won't force as many turnovers as we have."

Zag alert

While the Huskies have all week to prepare for Gonzaga -- and will likely take another day off along the way to rest -- the Bulldogs have a game on Wednesday against Portland State.

That's the team now coached by Ken Bone, an assistant at UW the last three years, which figures to mean that Washington's coaching staff will be able to get a great scouting report from PSU's coaching staff, which also includes former Husky guard Curtis Allen.

Not that there are really any secrets between UW and Gonzaga, but any little edge can't hurt.

PSU is 2-3 and one of its best players is Anthony Washington, the former Garfield High star who spent two years at UW before transferring. He has had foul trouble in several games but is still averaging 12.6 points and 5.0 rebounds and shooting a team-high 51.6 percent from the field.

Perry update

The team was off all weekend and there was no media availability Monday. But there could be more definitive word coming on the status of Harvey Perry Tuesday. It seems likely he will be out for a while with a back injury. He says he wants to play if he can return later in the year, even if for only a month or so, but a redshirt season seems a high probability as well.

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