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Archives: March 2006


Final Four

Arrived late in Indianapolis today, but stay tuned for some Final Four coverage.

I’ll try to find a few things that won’t be showing up much on CBS, trying to tailor things for the South Sound and keeping a special eye on our Pac-10 representative: UCLA.

I’m gernerally getting the vibe that Florida is becoming the trendy pick here … and of course George Mason is the sentimental pick.

Still, if this NCAA tournament has taught anything, it’s taught just how badly brackets can be busted. So, I guess the thing to do is revel in the

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Bowl bound?

Tyrone Willingham met the media today, talking about spring drills, which begin Thursday.

He made it clear that he believes these Huskies should make their first bowl game since the 2002 Sun Bowl. That means at least six wins in the 12-game season, which begins Sept. 2 with a visit from San Jose State.

Some highlights:

&bullSpring practices will again be closed to the media (except for the first one Thursday) and to the public (except for the spring game).

&bullThe spring game will be at 12:45 p.m. April 22.

&bullJunior college players enrolled

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Brandon Roy first-team All-American

UW’s Brandon Roy was named today to the Associated Press’ first-team All-America team along with Adam Morrison of Gonzaga, J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams of Duke and Randy Foye of Villanova.

Morrison and Redick were unanimous selections.

Details here.


Here comes football

The Huskies open spring football practice on Thursday.

There will be a question-and-answer session with coach Tyrone Willingham this afternoon. I’ll file here later with whatever news comes from that.

The spring game will be held at 12:45 p.m. April 22 and will be open to the public.


Looking ahead

Naturally, the guys who cover UW basketball for the various area papers chat among ourselves a bit. Last week we started talking about what the Huskies might be like next season. Opinions varied from a team potentially better than this one, to a team that won’t make the NCAA tournament.

I took a bit of a look at the topic in our Sunday paper.

With the departure of Brandon Roy, Jamaal Williams, Bobby Jones, Mike Jensen and Zane Potter, here’s how the UW roster looks now.

2006-07 Huskies (height, class next season)

Guards: Justin Dentmon (5-11,

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George Mason

I don’t know if George Mason’s win today makes anything any easier on any UW fans. Maybe, in a way.

I think one of the reasons the UConn loss hurt so much was because most folks figures the winner of that game was Final Four bound. Well, surprise.

And, oh, man, what a tournament.


UConn 98 UW 92

I almost never mention officiating in my stories, but this crew unavoidably became part of the story tonight. UConn took 47 free thows and got 34 of their points that way. Washington got 23 foul shots and 18 points that way.

The technical foul call on Brandon Roy might have been iffy — although Brandon didn’t think he deserved a T. But there was no doubt that the officials made a terrible non-call on a Roy floater that was clearly goaltended. Given the call, UW would have had the lead in overtime. Denied the call, UW never led again…

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