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Huskies drop to 20th in AP poll, Cougs get vote

Washington’s loss last night at Washington State cos the Huskies only minor slippage in the polls released today … perhaps because some voters sent in their ballots before the game was played.

In any case, UW falls only from 18 to 20 in the Associated Press media poll, and from 17 to 19 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

But now right behind the Huskies is Pac-10 co-leader Arizona, which is No. 21 in the AP poll. (The Wildcats are ranked 22 by the coaches.)

Washington State picked up a single vote in the AP poll.

Here’s a full

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Bone ‘biggest win'; Thomas ‘blame on me’

Some reaction to Washington State’s 87-80 win over Washington tonight:

They did a great job tonight defensively in that zone. They stole a lot of our passes, they deflected a lot of our passes. They forced us into 24 turnovers. No one’s done that to us this year. They did a heck of a job tonight. … They just did a tremendous job tonight. They’re a good basketball team. … We talked about how we felt their perimeter guys were dangerous, and they certainly all showed up.

On having Venoy Overton

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WSU wins, 87-80; UW tied atop Pac-10

WSU student section watches both teams in pregame warmups.

Of all the questions Washington coach Lorenzo Romar fielded after the game tonight, he might have hesitated least when asked if Washington State is an NCAA tournament-quality team.

“No question,” Romar said. “They’re so dangerous. They can score points — and then you (at their field-goal percentage defense). So, I think a team like that can definitely go and play in the NCAA tournament and have every opportunity to beat people.”

The Cougars beat their rival Huskies, 87-80, tonight before a rocking and roaring crowd of 10,579 at Beasley Coliseum.

When the final buzzer sounded, the student section rushed the floor and lifted everyone from guard Reggie Moore to the cougar mascot onto their shoulders.

“This probably is the biggest win since I’ve been here,” Washing State coach Ken Bone said afterward.

It also was a game stuffed with statistical oddities and smoking guns.

WSU conference player of the year candidate Klay Thompson struggled against the Huskies last year, but he broke out Sunday with a game-high 25 points.

“Klay Thompson’s a pretty good scorer – sooner of later, he’s going to score,” Romar said. “We’ve done a pretty good job against him in the past four times we played them, and tonight it was his night. He had his way.”

Meanwhile, one of his player-of-the-year rivals – UW’s Isaiah Thomas — led the Huskies in scoring with 19 points, but Romar and Thomas himself agreed it wasn’t one of his best nights.

Thomas didn’t get his first field goal until there were just over six minutes left in the game. And he had five assists and seven turnovers.

“That was on my part,” Thomas said of the turnovers. “That won’t happen again. … The shots just wasn’t falling. I had open threes. I had some layups I did make. It wasn’t nothing they did. All hats tipped off to them, but there were just shots I didn’t make. I blame this game on me.”

Thomas certainly didn’t deserve all the blame.

The Huskies tried to shoot over WSU’s zone defense, but hit only 11 of 31 3-point tries.

Closer to the basket, Matthew Bryan-Amaning was held to six points on 1-of-8 shooting.

The Huskies out-rebounded the Cougars, 46-32; but negated that and more by committing 24 turnovers.

“(WSU) did a great job tonight defensively in that zone,” Romar said. “They stole a lot of our passes, they deflected a lot of our passes. They forced us into 24 turnovers. No one’s done that to us this year. They did a heck of a job.”

Both teams played with key guys in foul trouble, as three Cougars and one Husky fouled out and three other players ended the game with four fouls.

The result dropped 18th-ranked Washington to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference – tied with Arizona for the league at the midpoint of the race.

Washington State climbed to 15-6 and 5-4.

This week both teams will begin the second round of Pac-10 play with visits to Oregon. Washington will visit Oregon State at 6 p.m. Thursday and will make its first visit to Oregon’s new Matthew Knight Arena at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Washington State visits in opposite order: Oregon on Thursday and OSU on Saturday.

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Countdown to tipoff: UW@WSU, 7 p.m.

WSU student section ready for gates to open.

35 minutes before tip: Huskies huddle in foul lane after warmup and draw huge boos and a few iffy chants from the student section.

Pregame: The students have been let in, and Venoy Overton and Terrence Ross are the first Huskies out to take the abuse. At least part of it apparently went over the line, because an usher already has confiscated one sign that was being held.

Huskies in purple, Cougars in white, btw.

Snow dots a few areas around Beasley Coliseum four hours before tipoff.

Four hours to tipoff: I just swung by the arena, and WSU fans are standing in line despite some snow on the ground in temperatures that have to be within a few degrees — one way or the other — of freezing.

Gameday: Here’s our preview story from this morning’s paper.

And a quick look at the game:

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Bruins open Pac-10 Saturday with overtime win

Once again, there’s lots of Pac-10 action going on today while the Huskies and Cougars continue the countdown to their 7 p.m. Sunday match, which will mark the midpoint of the Pac-10 season.

Today’s action got off to a thrilling start, as UCLA nipped Arizona State in overtime, 73-72.

Other games today include Oregon-California and USC-Arizona.

Here’s a link to today’s schedule and results.

And here’s a look at the league standings, which will be updated as the results come in.


Zona beats UCLA to become Huskies top threat

Washington and Washington State were off Thursday — awaiting their Sunday showdown in Pullman. However, the other eight Pac-10 teams were in action.

The biggest game was UCLA at Arizona, and the Wildcats’ win moves them alone into second place in the Pac-10 — one behind UW in the loss column — while the Bruins fall alone into third, two losses off the pace.

Also interesting was Oregon ending a 25-year losing streak at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion … an arena that also has pretty notably given the Huskies troubles too.

It wasn’t as good a night for the other

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Drumbeat to hoops Apple Cup heating up

The long countdown to the Washington-Washington State men’s basketball game on Sunday has begun — if not exactly with a bang, then at least with a few sparks.

Those may have started when WSU guard and Pacific-10 Conference player-of-the-year candidate Klay Thompson of was asked by a Seattle radio station who should win the award.

His answer: Derrick Williams of Arizona.

And while that wouldn’t seem to qualify as trash talk, UW guard Isaiah Thomas – also a player of the year candidate – noticed his omission.

“I laughed at it,” Thomas said today. “It’s all good, though. We’ll

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MacCulloch named to Pac-10 hoops Hall of Fame

Former Washington Husky Todd MacCulloch has been named to this year’s class of inductees to the Pac-10 basketblal hall of fame.

MacCulloch played from 1996-99 and led the team to the NCAA tournament as a junior and senior. He averaged 18.6 points and 9.7 rebounds for UW’s 1998 Sweet 16 team. He was named twice to the all-conference team and was a Playboy All-American.

Representing the other Pac-10 schools in this class are: Michael Dickerson, Arizona; Isaac Austin, ASU; Bob McKeen, Cal; Charlie Warren, Oregon; Charlie White, OSU; Brevin Knight, Stanford; Don MacLean, UCLA; Harold Miner, USC; Ray Sundquist, WSU.

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