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November 30, 2005

How big is it?

Posted by Bob Condotta at 2:34 PM

A few more odds and ends as we get ready for this BIGGEST GAME EVER!

OK, so it's not that big. But considering UW's season to date, I sense that everyone is very anxious for Sunday's game against Gonzaga.

One aspect worth speculation is how UW's three freshmen will play. Guard Justin Dentmon and forward Jon Brockman will obviously be counted on heavily.

But I wouldn't be surprised if this is also a game where the Huskies have to call on Artem Wallace to battle GU's size inside.

Wallace has been predictably up-and-down so far, doing nothing to quell the notion that he has a bright future, but also encountering the usual freshman struggles.

He's averaging 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game. The rebound average, obviously, translates to about nine per game on a 40-minute basis, which is quite good. And he's made 8 of 13 field goals, a 61.5 percent average. But he also has 9 fouls and 9 turnovers.

Romar said "the game will dictate" whether Wallace will have to play more. He then talked of how the “light went on" for Dentmon during the Air Force game and he suddenly figured out how to play at this level.

"I think it's just a matter of time before the light goes on for Artem," Romar said.

That led to the inevitable question - when did the light go on for Brockman?

"When the doctor spanked his behind," Romar joked.

More eBay

I referenced UW-GU tickets on eBay in the story for the paper Wednesday.

That's not the only Husky hoops-related item for sale on that Web site, however.

Also up for bid is a trip with the UW men's basketball team to Los Angeles for the Wooden Classic game against

New Mexico Dec. 10. And it's for a good cause as the proceeds benefit hurricane victims through the All Coaches Care foundation.

The auction is due to close sometime today (Nov. 30) so check their quickly if you are interested.

Full Nelson

UW assistant Jim Shaw traveled to Oregon on Tuesday night to watch Husky recruit Phil Nelson play. I'd link to the story about the game, but I couldn't find anything that said much. All I could find was a short paragraph that said Nelson's McNary team lost to Barlow in overtime, 72-65 and that Nelson had 19 points.

Checking on Quincy

Here's a short story on the season opener for another UW recruit, Quicny Pondexter of San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno. Sounds like he's off to a good start as well. Story

More on PSU

I figure most Husky fans will take in the GU-Portland State game tonight to scout the Zags and see how Ken Bone is doing in his first year with the Vikings.

Here's a good story on PSU's progress so far from Wednesday's Oregonian. Story