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

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February 26, 2006

Gameday meanderings

Posted by Bob Condotta at 12:01 AM

Wow, lots of discussion here about Jamaal Williams. No doubt, Thursday wasn't his best game at Washington — 4 for 12 from the field for 10 points with four turnovers in 23 minutes. He definitely forced at least three or four shots when he should have passed the ball back out, and a couple of his turnovers looked pretty bad.

There have been times since he was put into a reserve role when he seemed to hurry to get his shots up as if he might not get another chance.

Still, at the risk of sounding like I'm defending these guys too much, I'll defer to the big picture on this one.

Williams has the second-highest scoring average on the team (13.3), the third-best shooting percentage of those who play regularly (49.7, behind Jon Brockman and Brandon Roy). He's third in rebounds, has a surprising number of steals (31, the most of any of the big men). And, believe it or not, he's fourth on the team in assists (38) — three more than Bobby Jones, who has been on the floor for 57 more minutes, trailing only Roy, Dentmon and Appleby, who all play guard.

The point is that overall, Jamaal has been quite the productive player for this team.

• As I wrote in my story for the paper Saturday, the California game pretty much decides whether UW has a chance at the Pac-10 title. I've gotten a few questions about the tiebreaker.

Head-to-head is the first one.

In the event of multi-team ties, it's head-to-head, then record against other conference teams in descending order of finish. That means something like Washington State's two wins against UW could end up playing a key factor.

The picture will be much clearer after Sunday, however, so I'll delve into it more then.

• I talked with Joel Smith the other day about what happened at the end of the last Cal game. He committed a foul on Ayinde Ubaka with 36 seconds left after the Huskies had finally tied the game to complete a rally from 13 down with under six minutes left. Ubaka made both free throws as Cal went on to win 71-69.

Smith said it was simply a mental blunder and that he was trying to deflect the ball, but realizes that he shouldn't have put himself in position to commit a foul with the pressure suddenly back on the Bears.

"I was down on myself about it, not knowing the clock and the score,'' he said. "It was just so quick the way we came back, and I didn't even look up. I was just focused on what was in front of me. It was just a little mental mistake. But those things happen, and this is a good opportunity now to make up for it with this next game.''

• As for the discussion on Harvey Perry — he's a true freshman and was not with the team last year, so he has a redshirt year available to him.

I fully expect him to use that redshirt now, but it is interesting that neither he nor Romar will say that definitively.

The debate all along has been that this is a potentially special season, with Brandon Roy doing what he's doing and three other seniors on board. And maybe Perry — who could add some perimeter defense and ballhandling — is the difference in losing in the second round and maybe making it to the Sweet 16 or beyond.

One other thing to consider about Perry: He's already 20 years old (he was born in October, 1985, only 16 months after Brandon Roy). Maybe he doesn't want to be a 21-year-old freshman next year.

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