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February 27, 2007

Huskies holding chin up

Posted by Bob Condotta at 3:03 PM

This was the last regular Tuesday press conference of the year for the Washington Huskies, and despite finding themselves in a position they never envisioned, they insisted the rest of the season still holds meaning.

UW coach Lorenzo Romar talked again of the team still having a chance at winning the Pac-10 Tournament next week.

"We are definitely capable (of that),'' Romar said. "It's a strong league and there are a lot of teams that are capable. We are one of those teams.''

To that end, winning two this week --- or at least competing --- is important.

"We've got to play well this weekend,'' said UW forward Jon Brockman. "We can't just expect miracles to happen in Los Angeles.''

Players and Romar said practice Monday went well even though UW is mired in its longest losing streak since 2004.

"Guys were getting after it,'' said center Spencer Hawes. "It was intense. Just like any normal practice.''

The Huskies are currently tied with Cal for seventh in the Pac-10. The team that finishes seventh will likely be able to avoid UCLA in the second round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Cal hosts Arizona and Arizona State this week, meaning the Bears could easily end up with at least one win.

The tiebreaker for determing seeds is:

1, Head-to-head --- not applicable since the two teams split.

2, Each team's record vs. the top team in the conference and then continuing down until one team gains an advantage. UW can take the edge here by beating either USC or UCLA. Right now, Cal would have the edge, believe it or not, due to sweeping Oregon State --- the two teams have the same results the rest of the way.

3, Won-lost percentage vs. All D-I opponents. UW would have the edge here if it got this far.