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Archives: Feb. 2009

Feb.
28th

Huskies magic number is one … over UCLA

UCLA’s win over Cal leaves the Bruins as the only team with a chance to catch Washington for a share of the Pacific-10 Conference men’s basketball title or the No. 1 seeding in the Pac-10 tournament.


UW assured itself of at least a share of the title by defeating Arizona on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies now will win the title outright and get No. 1 Pac-10 tournament seeding with a win over Washington State next Saturday or with a UCLA loss to either Oregon State on Thursday or Oregon on Saturday.


The Bruins will be solid

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Feb.
28th

Huskies clinch Pac-10 title, 83-78, over Arizona

The Huskies clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title with a 83-78 win over Arizona. UW can now watch scoreboards until they return to conference play next Saturday when they close the regular season hosting Washington State.


And while they were very happy after they game, their main goal remains the outright title. With Arizona State’s loss at Washington State today, the only team still capable of catching UW will be the winner of tonight’s UCLA-at-Cal game. I’ll pop in with another blog post after that one with more info on the remaining possibilities for the

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Feb.
27th

Huskies won’t celebrate shared title Saturday

If the Huskies beat Arizona at noon Saturday, they will be assured of at least a share of this season’s Pac-10 regular season championship. (Here’s my preview story.) However, several Huskies said today that that’s not the accomplishment they want to celebrate. They want the outright title, and that’s when they celebrate.


JUSTIN DENTMON:

“We want it all by ourselves. We’re not going to be satisfied with just a piece. We want to make history. We want to be the first Washington team to win it outright.”


JON BROCKMAN:

No, we’re going to be greedy.

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Feb.
27th

ESPN: UW a 4 seed, vs. American, at Portland

The latest ESPN Bracketology has Washington moving up to a No. 4 seed after the win over Arizona State last night.


Joe Lunardi’s formula has the Huskies opening against American of the Patriot League in Porland, then facing the Xavier-Miami (Fla.) winner for the right to head on to Boston in the East Regional.


This, of course, is in addition to all the pure match — magic number is two — for the Huskies’ outright Pac-10 regular season title.

Feb.
26th

Huskies already looking ahead to Wildcats

Yes, the Huskies were happy after their overtime win over Arizona State last night. (Here’s my game story, and here’s Dave Boling’s take.) But they were also amazingly ready to look ahead to what — for them — may be an even bigger test: Arizona at noon Saturday at Hec Ed.


Coach Lorenzo Romar:

Right now, I’m jumping up and down on the inside. Maybe I’m just a little drained from the game. But at the same time, I do understand we just played the first half. The second half is going to be Saturday against

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Feb.
26th

Final: UW 73, ASU 70 in overtime

Small difference on the scoreboard could yield huge difference in title race.


The result leaves moves the Huskies (21-7 overall, 12-4 Pacific-10 Conference) a game and a half ahead of Arizona State (21-5, 10-5), as well as UCLA and California, who kept pace with victories Thursday over Stanford and USC respectively. That leaves them all hovering just one game behind the Huskies in the loss column.


That means the Huskies would wrap up at least a tie for the Pac-10 title Saturday with a victory over Arizona, which was eliminated from the regular season race Thursday after losing

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Feb.
24th

UW’s biggest game in years; ASU’s biggest ever?

With first place and a direct path to the Pac-10 title on the line, there’s no doubt that Washington’s game Thursday against Arizona State is a big one. But how big?


To my figuring — considering its a pair of ranked teams, and the winner will emerge atop the Pac-10 standings — it’s the biggest since March 24, 2006, when UW was denied entry to the Elite Eight with an overtime loss to Connecticut.


On Tuesday, I ran that past three of the Huskies who were there in 2006, and none could come up with a bigger

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