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December 27, 2005

Getting ready for Pac-10 action

Posted by Bob Condotta at 6:23 PM

Finally, we'll soon have some stuff to really discuss here, to really debate and ponder, as the Huskies begin Pac-10 play this season after what has seemed at times like an interminable preseason given its length - UW's first game was Nov. 13 - and relative lack of competition.

UW players and coaches seemed to have the same reaction Tuesday as they met the media before practice.

"This is the meat of the season and we just can't wait to get at it," said Brandon Roy talking about Thursday's conference opener against Arizona State and then the game Saturday against Arizona.

He said he thought it was evident in UW's 54-37 win over Lehigh Friday that the Huskies were anxious to begin conference play.

"I think we were a little negligent because we were almost looking ahead to Pac-10 play and Lehigh really exploited that," he said.

I'll have a story in Wednesday's paper and online about the fact that the Huskies are regarded as a favorite to win the conference, but are also still viewed with a lot of suspicion because of their soft non-conference schedule.

UW's veteran players understand why there are still some naysayers out there.

"We have these next two games to help prove we are a very good basketball team," said Jamaal Williams.

Coach Lorenzo Romar ran a little late to practice after getting caught in traffic on his way back from a recruiting trip in the morning to the Les Schwab Invitational tournament in Hillsboro, Ore. Here's a link from The Oregonian about that tournament.