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

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November 27, 2007

Huskies playing faster

Posted by Bob Condotta at 10:29 PM

I'm always leery of reading too much into early season college basketball stats given the nature of scheduling this time of year.

But I did find looking at some of Ken Pomeroy's numbers on Washington interesting today, specifically his raw tempo rating of UW's offense showing that the Huskies are averaging 76.8 possessions per 40 minutes, ranking 21st in the nation.

That number proves that so far, the Huskies are definitely playing at a faster pace than a year ago, when they averaged 70.2 possessions per game, which ranked 73rd.

As you can see looking at the 2008 numbers, UW isn't ranking well in some categories --- 324th in free throw shooting, for instance.

Overall, Pomeroy has UW ranked 124th in the nation and ninth in the Pac-10, ahead of only Oregon State. That's based in part on a strength of schedule that still lags despite the NIT appearance, ranking 239th in the nation and ninth in the Pac-10, again ahead of only Oregon State.

UW plays next Saturday at Oklahoma State in the Pac-10/Big 12 Challenge, against a Cowboys team that has been struggling, having won just two of its first five games.

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