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Huskies slip, but don’t fall out of bracketology

Washington’s home loss to Washington State on Sunday knocked the Huskies down but not out of NCAA tournament bracketology projections.

Joe Lundardi of ESPN dropped 19-9 Washington to a No. 9 seed today, pairing them with Kansas State in a first-round meeting in Denver. The Bracket Project, which averages a variety of other bracketology sites, also listed UW as a nine.

The fact that the Huskies haven’t tumbled among the bubble teams might actually be encouraging news for coach Lorenzo Romar.

Just minutes after the final buzzer in UW’s 80-69 loss to the Cougars, Romar offered the most

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Reaction: Bone calls it biggest win of season

Here is some reaction from both teams after Washington State’s 80-69 win over Washington tonight at Hec Ed:

Obviously that’s not how we scripted it. I give Washington State a lot of credit. In the first half, we were standing around way too much. We had 9 turnovers and they had 10. We weren’t making real clean passes and missed shots we should have made. Washington State played with a lot of aggressiveness. They came in here and they got it done.

On whether lack of intensity for the Huskies was the problem)

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Cougars complete season sweep of Huskies

For a long time, the Huskies and the Cougars played some ugly basketball.

But WSU snapped out of it before UW could – by the time the Huskies finally did it was too late – and the Cougars were rewarded with an 80-69 win at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

“Well, obviously that’s not how we scripted it,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Give Washington State a lot of credit. They came in and played a good ball game. The first half they were changing defenses, and we were standing around way too much. We forced them into 10 turnovers, we had nine turnovers. We were shooting 22 percent, they were shooting 30 percent. So it wasn’t a real clean half.”

The surprising loss ended a streak of 14 straight home of 10 points or more for the Huskies.

The loss also drops Washington to 19-9 on the season, and maybe for the first time this season could slip them back to the NCAA tournament bubble. UW also lost ground it could not afford in the Pac-10 race, falling to 10-6.

Washington State climbs to 18-10 and 8-8.

“To compete in this gym you have to be locked in and focused,” WSU coach Ken Bone said. “And I think our guys were exactly that.”

The Cougs also swept the season series continuing a streak in which one team or the other has swept the Apple Cup of basketball every season since 2002-03.

Despite being the only team to sweep UW this season, Romar said he doesn’t see the Cougars as a particular matchup problem.

“Their strength is their perimeter, and we have a pretty good perimeter as well,” Romar said. They’ve got a big guy underneath that’s pretty good, and I think we have one that’s pretty good. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad matchup.”

Of UW’s starting five, Matthew Bryan-Amaning didn’t get his first point until there was 13:05 left in the game, and C.J. Wilcox didn’t get his first points until 5:35 left.

However, Wilcox played a part in a late 16-4 run that got the Huskies and their home fans back into the game. However, UW got to within six – 65-59 — but no closer.

The loss was the 100th of Lorenzo Romar’s at UW.

Both schools now end their regular seasons with home games against the Los Angeles schools. Washington State will play host to USC on Thursday and UCLA on Saturday. Washington will play host to UCLA on Thursday and USC on Saturday.

I’ll be back with notes, stats and quotes.

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UA-UCLA highlights today’s Pac-10 schedule

The Huskies and Cougars are off again today, awaiting their rematch at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hec Ed and on ESPN2.

However, the rest of the league is in action today, with plenty of scoreboards worth watching.

The biggie tips off at 1 p.m., when league-leading Arizona meets No. 2 UCLA. That game will be shown on FSN. The Huskies’ rooting interest should be for the Bruins, since UW controls its own destiny in terms of catching UCLA, but needs help to catch the Wildcats.

(Here’s my story from today’s TNT, which looks at the possibilities in the Pac-10

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Huskies remember Coug fans storming court

After Washington State beat the Huskies in Pullman this season, several Huskies indicated that they took offense at the WSU fans storming the court for a mid-season win.

Asked today, UW leading scorer Isaiah Thomas said he still remembers.

“It’s lingering in (my mind) and hopefully it’s lingering in a few other players on our team,” he said. “After the game I just watched how they did that. They felt it was the right thing to go, I guess. I remember it, so it’s something on my shoulder. Hopefully we get it correct this time.”

Thomas said he expects the

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Suggs out for Cougs, Wilcox starts again

We just heard from coach Lorenzo Romar previewing the Huskies’ game Sunday against Washington State.

He said there would be no rotation changes for the game, including C.J. Wilcox remaining in the starting lineup and Venoy Overton coming off the bench. Romar said he thinks players like Wilcox and Scott Suggs (who could return next week) make things easier on Isaiah Thomas by forcing opposing defenses to worry about the other guard. But Romar also said Overton helps Thomas by allowing him to play without the ball more often.

Romar said he expects to the Cougars to present the same

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