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January 23, 2007

Hawes better, other notes

Posted by Bob Condotta at 2:38 PM

As is the case every Tuesday, the Huskies met with the media before practice.

Spencer Hawes was taped up and ready to go and said he expects to be fine for Thursday's game against Oregon. In fact, almost as much of an issue continues to be his stomach virus, which is still lingering. But that, too, is said to be getting better.

Quincy Pondexter was limited in practice Monday with a bad back and also is suffering from ankle and knee injuries, but said he is persevering and expects to play.

Adrian Oliver said his thigh deep, which he described as "deep,'' is getting better, though he is still not 100 percent.

There was also a lot of talk today about the Aaron Brooks-Ryan Appleby incident last year which will keep Brooks out of Thursday's game.

UW coach Lorenzo Romar tried to downplay it, saying he had not heard any discussion among the Huskies about it. Appleby said he hadn't thought about it until being told by a UW publicist that he'd get asked questions about it this week.

Appleby said several times that "that's in the past.'' But in answering a few questions, he also made it clear that he hasn't completely forgotten about it. In answering a question about the fairness of the penalty for Brooks, he again pointed out that he thought the Ducks were saving Brooks from a lot of harsh treatment and thought it would make more sense if he was also suspended for the game at Oregon.

Oregon coach Ernie Kent said the Ducks will likely start Chamberlain Oguchi to replace Brooks. That's not necessarily great news for UW as it was Oguchi who scored 22 points to lead Oregon past UW in the Pac-10 tournament last year.