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January 30, 2006

A real tough one

Posted by Bob Condotta at 12:10 AM

There were a lot of headlines in the Bay Area this weekend were about the Oakland A's signing Frank Thomas.

But this was the true Big Hurt for Husky fans.

I'm not sure I've covered a UW basketball game in which the Huskies seemed to feel as bad afterward - unless it was the Arizona game a few weeks ago (I wasn't at the UConn Sweet 16 game in 1998).

I've already gotten a few e-mails from people about to jump ship.

And Brandon Roy talked afterward of "how dark things seem right now."

Which brings to mind the fact that the Huskies are, in fact, 16-4.

And of their four losses, two have come in overtime, another by two points.

A long-winded way of saying that this team still has a lot more good going for it than bad, and that maybe it's the perfect time for having a one-game week - WSU is on tap Saturday.

As for the game itself, we have all the obvious angles covered - hopefully - in the stories in-print and on-line, so look there for that.

Lorenzo Romar said he didn't want to foul on the last play, though he didn't really elaborate. Maybe he was concerned about Matt Haryasz getting an offensive rebound.

Or maybe he simply figured the best way to play it was straight up. It admittedly seemed like a long shot that Stanford could pull that one out at that point, with 2.1 seconds left and in-bounding the ball under its own basket.

I actually heard the Stanford radio broadcast during the timeout and one of the announcers said he thought it would be real difficult for the Cardinal to even get a shot up in that situation.

That said, the Huskies lost this game in a number of other areas as well.

  • They shot 2-of-17 from the three-point line, and Bobby Jones was 1-of-11. Hard to win too many road games with that kind of shooting.

  • Stanford played without Chris Hernandez for the last 12 minutes of the first half after he picked up two fouls. But UW made up seven points during that time - from down two to up five at halftime. The Huskies should have gotten a bigger cushion then.

  • The Huskies are getting very little from their bench these days unless Ryan Appleby is hot from outside. UW got just eight points from reserves against Stanford. A far cry from last year, when Brandon Roy was coming off the bench. This simply isn't as deep or as talented a team as a year ago.

  • Still, UW has lost four games by a combined 19 points. If the Huskies go 5-4 in the second half of the Pac-10 season, that's 21-8 entering the conference tournament. Win at least one game there, and UW is 22-9. I don't know how the Huskies could be kept out of the NCAA tournament with that record.

  • And there were some positives - UW actually outrebounded Stanford 43-42 which I never remember happening down here; Jon Brockman played another good game with 11 points and eight rebounds; and UW played salty defense until the very end.

    But it ended in another loss, making the Cougar game suddenly a virtual must-win.