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Archives: Nov. 2010


UW ‘can play with any team in the country’

Here’s some quick reaction to Washington’s 102-75 win over Long Beach State tonight at Hec Ed. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Huskies and moves the nation’s 23rd-ranked team to 4-2 on the season.

“I thought defensively we were way too lax in the second half. It’s the first half that we’ve played that way all year, I thought. We’ve had much better defensive efforts in other games. In spite of it, we shot the ball fine, we made the extra pass, all those things. But tonight we didn’t do

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Seven Huskies in double-figures in big win

So many Huskies played so many minutes with so much success Tuesday that it hardly seemed to matter who Washington had on the court.

But even at that, coach Lorenzo Romar’s tweak to his starting lineup seemed the biggest news of an otherwise routine rout of Long Beach State, 102-75, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

There was a distinct rumble through the crowd as 7-foot junior college transfer Aziz N’Diaye was introduced for his first start of the season.

Or perhaps the rumble was over who he was starting in place of: senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who came into the game at Washington’s leading scorer and tied with N’Diaye for the rebounding lead.

It seemed a dramatic move to direct Bryan-Amaning’s attention to the defensive end – and a move that mimicked a similar midseason benching of Bryan-Amaning for 11 games last season.

However, any message being sent was delivered quickly. Less than four minutes after the opening tip, Bryan-Amaning was sent into the game.

But from the start, almost every combination had success as the Huskies (4-2) quickly ran away from the 49ers (3-4).

C.J. Wilcox made the most of his time off the bench with a career-high 20 points, including 6-of-8 on 3-pointers.

Six other Huskies scored in double-figures, including Bryan-Amaning, who had 14 points and five rebounds.

N’Diaye ended with one point and one rebound in a performance somewhat shortened by a trip to the locker room for stitches after splitting his lip on a dive to the court late in the first half.

Casper Ware led the 49ers with 18 points.

Washington will return to the court at 1 p.m. Saturday, when Texas Tech visits in the first of two UW games in this final season of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

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All over the Pacific-10 Conference, rivals go at it

Wulff audio (11-30)

Not just a rivalry week around Washington. It’s the annual intra-state or intra-city grudge match all around the Pacific-10 Conference:

* Arizona State plays at Arizona on Thursday.
* Washington is at Washington State on Saturday for a 4 p.m. Apple Cup kickoff.
* The Civil War (Oregon versus Oregon State) is 31/2 hours before that in Corvallis.
* Southern California travels to Pasadena for a Rose Bowl date against UCLA for the Saturday nightcap.

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Long Beach (& former Zags) coach Monson: UW an elite-level program

Dan Monson took Gonzaga to the Elite Eight in 2002 and became a hot coaching property who got to choose between staying at Gonzaga or moving to either Washington or Minnesota.

He chose Minnesota, stayed for seven full seasons and resigned during a 2-5 start to the 2006 season.

He’s at Long Beach State now, and will face Washington at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hec Ed.

Naturally, it was a logical time to talk about what might have been. Here’s some of that interview from this afternoon:

On advice to current coach Mark Few about possibly

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In some cases, Apple Cup twists closest ties

Close connections to the Apple Cup are aplenty and abound on both sides.

It’s rivaly week in Washington – the Huskies and Cougars are preparing to settle yet another intra-state grudge match, set for Saturday in Pullman.

This is UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s second taste of the Apple Cup. He’s much more familiar with the feelings of it after last year’s 30-0 UW triumph over the Cougars in Seattle.

“I’ve tried to jump into this rivalry,” Sarkisian said, “with two feet.”

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Starters could change; Suggs probably out

A few highlights from our meeting with UW men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar today:

* The starting lineup could change for tomorrow’s game against Long Beach State. Romar wouldn’t say, but he made clear that he was dissatisfied with the rebounding of his team in Maui. That could be Darnell Gant out… and Romar restated that Aziz N’Diaye could move into the starting lineup “eventually.”

* Scott Suggs is suffering from a strained MCL. Romar doesn’t expect this to be a serious of long-term thing, but it could keep Suggs out tomorrow.

*Venoy Overton is still less than 100 percent

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No real depth-chart changes; Sark at noon

We all took a prety quick glance at the official University of Washington weekly press release.

Senio Kelemete is still listed as the starter at left tackle.

In 10 minutes, we’ll really know the truth after Kelemete suffered a pretty serious ankle injury on the final play of the Huskies’ 16-13 victory over California on Saturday afternoon.

* Apple Cup line: Huskies are 61/2-point favorites.

* Apple Cup weather forecast: 31 degrees, dipping to a low of 24. Twenty percent chance of precipitation, which would be snow.

Be back later.