SEATTLE — Mike Anderson is a rugged, 6-foot-4 shooting guard who rebounds like a forward, a quiet guy who rarely displays much public emotion.
Until he’s asked about his not-quite-1-year-old daughter, who will see her father play basketball on Saturday for the first time. And then he can’t stop giggling.
Anderson hasn’t seen Mya, who turns 1 on Monday, since Christmas break, and the thought of her trip to Seattle this weekend — along with Anderson’s mother, who also lives in Anderson’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut — is nearly overwhelming.
So, here come the giggles. He can’t help it.
“I can’t really describe the feeling,” an emotional Anderson said after Friday’s practice. “It’s a crazy feeling, though, having her out here for my last home game. That should be good.” Read more »
BOULDER, Colo. – Before he made the most important shot of his basketball career, Andrew Andrews allowed himself to recall his biggest miss.
As a senior at Benson Tech in Portland, Andrews scored 41 points in the 5A Oregon state championship game against Corvallis High in Eugene. But he will remember most the jumper he missed at the end of regulation, and the heartache of the double-overtime loss that ensued.
Nearly four years later, atonement arrived here at the Coors Events Center, where Andrews lined up a jumper in the waning seconds of the Washington Huskies’ Thursday night game against Colorado.
“Once I got the ball,” Andrews said, “that was kind of just replaying in my head, thinking, ‘man, I missed the shot last time,’ so I’ve got to focus and make it.”
Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar met with reporters this morning to preview tomorrow night’s game against Oregon. The transcript is below, but first, a few injury notes:
— Jernard Jarreau’s arthroscopic knee surgery on Saturday morning — moved back a day — was successful. Romar said the timetable for Jarreau’s return is still four-to-six weeks, as far as he knows.
— Darin Johnson could return from a strained quadriceps to play against Oregon, Romar said, but he’s still day-to-day.
Here’s the rest of what Romar said:
(How is the health of your team?) “Let me make sure I go through everybody. We know about Jernard Jarreau. Darin Johnson felt much better yesterday. Not sure where he is today. Each day, he’s making big progress. He’s kind of game to game, I guess day to day at this point.” Read more »
Shawn Kemp Jr. had one rebound in the Washington Huskies’ victory against Tulane last week.
The Huskies starting post will see most of the responsibilities – along with fellow starter Jernard Jarreau and Robert Upshaw off the bench – for blocking out Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney tonight. Warney leads the NCAA in rebounds per game at 12.8 and the Seawolves (7-6) rank 23rd in the nation overall at 40.7 per game.
“They are a very good rebounding team,” coach Lorenzo Romar said of Stony Brook on Saturday. “They played Cincinnati, who are just piranhas on the boards, and they were …