Posted on: October 15, 2009 5:25 pm

2009-10 Pac 10 Hoops Preview


2009-2010 Pac 10 Hoops Preview



The Pacific Ten has been arguably one of the top basketball leagues in the nation the past few years, but on the eve of another winter campaign, it does appear that the conference will take a step back this year.  Most of the star players have either graduated or left for the fame and fortune of the NBA, and 3 programs will try their luck with new head coaches.  Nevertheless, there are some great storylines ready to written as new players make names for themselves and teams look to surprise.


Projected Standings (with Postseason Predictions)


1. California

Year 1 under Mike Montgomery was very successful, and Year 2 should be even better.  The Bears return nearly every important player from last year, including underrated PG Jerome Randle.   They’re prolific from beyond the arc and have good size.  The one issue for them may be depth.

Postseason: NCAA


2. Washington

The Huskies boast a very deep and versatile backcourt, led by highly touted freshman Abdul Gaddy and last year’s conference freshman of the year Isaiah Thomas.  The productivity of Jon Brockman must be replaced, but they have a deep bench that should be able to contribute.  Don’t be surprised if the dawgs switch to a more up-tempo pace and look to wear out their opponents.

Postseason: NCAA



Nearly all of the players from the 3 Final Fours are gone now as Ben Howland tries to assemble a new cast of winners in Westwood.   Nikola Dragovic is the only regular back, so he’ll have to rely on a lot of talented but inexperienced youngster such as Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt.

Postseason: NCAA


4. Arizona

Things weren’t looking good in Tucson last spring, until Sean Miller arrived.  He quickly put together a strong recruiting class and convinced guard Nic Wise to stick around another year.  It may be rough at first, but once they figure out what they’re doing, expect the Wildcats to be solid as always.

Postseason: NCAA


5. Oregon State

The first brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, had excellent success with his 1-3-1 zone and Princeton offense last year, and parlayed that into a solid recruiting class.  Calvin Haynes and Roeland Schaftenaar both had break-though seasons and look to continue that this year.  The Beavers limitation is their athleticism; they were exposed by teams that could simply out-run them.

Postseason: NIT


6. Washington State

After Tony Bennett left for Virginia, the Cougs turned to Portland State’s Ken Bone.  This surely means a transition from the plodding, defensive style wazzu fans are used to to a fast-paced temp like their cross-state rivals.  Sophomore Klay Thompson should thrive in this new system, but he’ll need some of his young teammates to step up as well.

Postseason: NIT


7. Oregon

Ernie Kent, the conferences’ longest-tenured coach, is firmly on the hot-seat after finishing 2-16 last year.  The Ducks certainly have talent and plenty of scoring options led by Tajuan Porter and raw but talented big man Michael Dunigan.  They’ll have to get tough and play better on defense though to really improve.

Postseason: CBI


8. USC

No one had a worse off-season than the Trojans (well, maybe Memphis, and Rick Pitino).   Tim Floyd resigned, and nearly all the players worth mentioning left with him.  At least they found an experienced replacement in Kevin O’Neill as they try to make their mark at the defensive end of the floor.

Postseason: None


9. Arizona State

No team in the league relied so much on one player last year, and now that James Harden (as well as Jeff Pendergraph) is gone, role players such as Derek Glasser, Rihards Kuksiks and Ty Abbott will have to step up into leadership roles for the Sun Devils.

Postseason: None


10. Stanford

You have to feel for Johnny Dawkins, not a lot has gone right for him since he left Duke for the farm.   The Cardinal will face another drop-off this year after losing most of their scoring form last year.  Talented youngster Jeremy Green is worth mentioning, though.

Postseason: None



All-Conference Teams:


1<sup>st</sup> Team

Jerome Randle (Cal)

Isaiah Thomas (Washington)

Klay Thompson (Washington State)

Quincy Pondexter (Washington)

Michael Dunigan (Oregon)


2<sup>nd</sup> Team

Nic Wise (Arizona)

Tajuan Porter (Oregon)

Patrick Christopher (Cal)

Theo Robertson (Cal)

Nikola Dragovic (UCLA)


Player of the Year: Jerome Randle


Freshman of the Year: Solomon Hill (Arizona)


Coach of the Year: Sean Miller (Arizona)

Posted on: March 18, 2009 4:30 pm

My 2009 NCAA Tournament Bracket


 Here goes nothing...


Pittsburgh over ETSU, Oklahoma State over Tennessee, Florida State over Wisconsin, Xavier over Portland State, VCU over UCLA, Villanova over American, Texas over Minnesota, Duke over Binghamton.

Pittsburgh over Oklahoma State, Florida State over Xavier, Villanova over VCU, Texas over Duke.

Pittsburgh over Florida State, Villanova over Texas.

Pittsburgh over Villanova.


North Carolina over Radford, Butler over LSU, Western Kentucky over Illinois, Gonzaga over Akron, Arizona State over Temple, Syracuse over Stephen F. Austin, Clemson over Michigan, Oklahoma over Morgan State.

North Carolina over Butler, Gonzaga over Western Kentucky, Syracuse over Arizona State, Oklahoma over Clemson.

North Carolina over Gonzaga, Syracuse over Oklahoma.

North Carolina over Syracuse.


Louisville over Morehead State, Ohio State over Siena, Arizona over Utah, Wake Forest over Cleveland State, West Virginia over Dayton, Kansas over North Dakota State, USC over Boston College, Michigan State over Robert Morris.

Louisville over Ohio State, Wake Forest over Arizona, West Virginia over Kansas, Michigan State over USC.

Wake Forest over Louisville, Michigan State over West Virginia.

Wake Forest over Michigan State.


Connecticut over Chattanooga, Texas A&M over BYU, Purdue over Northern Iowa, Washington over Mississippi State, Marquette over Utah State, Missouri over Cornell, Maryland over Cal, Memphis over Cal State-Northridge.

Connecticut over Texas A&M, Washington over Purdue, Missouri over Marquette, Memphis over Maryland.

Connecticut over Washington, Memphis over Missouri.

Memphis over Connecticut.


North Carolina over Pittsburgh, Memphis over Wake Forest.

North Carolina over Memphis.

Posted on: March 14, 2009 7:55 pm

Washington Huskies Hoops: A Season in Review


Well, it was quite a year on Montlake for men's basketball team.  A squad coming off 2 disappointing seasons surprised many (including me) with a 25-8 record and an outright Pac 10 regular season championship.  It was a year with many memorable moments and exciting games.  Here's some of the plays and players who made it so great:

Team MVP: Hard to decide when 3 players are averaging 15 points per game, but I have to give it to senior guard Justin Dentmon.  He bounced back after 2 down years to average 17 points per game in Pac 10 contests, but his contribution was bigger than just numbers.  More often than not, he was the man with the ball in his hands and the end of so many tight games, and he sealed many wins with his improved free throw shooting.  

Top Newcomer: Several first year players contributed to this year's success, such as role players Darnell Gant, a solid defender and rebounder, and sharpshooter Elston Turner.  But the award must go to diminutive point guard Isaiah Thomas.  He frequently thrilled the Hec Ed partisans with his stylish slash and score style.  Although he showed signs of some freshman fatigue near the end of the year, he brought instant offense to a team that lacked firepower last year.

Glue Guy: This goes to the third member of the terrific trio of guards, sophomore Venoy Overton.  He brought energy and intensity off the bench.  His in-your-face defense frustrated many opponents and may have reminded some Seattleites of former Sonics great Gary Payton.  He even brought some much needed scoring when other players were struggling.

Best Game: Unfortunately, the most exciting, memorable game came in a losing effort; the 88-85 triple overtime loss to Cal in January.  This was one where the dawgs certainly should have won, but some mistakes of yesteryear reared their ugly heads and the dawgs dropped a heartbreaker.  They seemed to bounce back well, though, by winning 12 of their next 15 conference contests.

Top Moments: (Too many to pick just one)

The Dentmon-to-Pondexter alley-oop dunk @ Washington State.  This play was more symbolic than game changing, but it set an attitude for the young season and allowed the Huskies and their fans to release some pent up frustration after 7 straight losses to their archrivals.

Jon Brockman's rebound and putback against Stanford in the waning seconds to seal a 1 point win.

Justin Dentmon's many clutch shots in an overtime victory against Arizona State in a late season showdown between ranked teams.

The Huskies clinching the Pac 10 title after another win over WSU.


As we all know, the true legacy of any college basketball team is written in March.  The team seems well positioned to get anywhere from a 3 to a 5 seed and possibly get to play close to home in Portland for the first 2 rounds.  But whatever their fate, the Huskies brought some cheer to an otherwise dark winter without the NBA's Sonics and after dreary years for the city's other pro sports franchises.  Lorenzo Romar and company have the Huskies barking again, and with more talented recruits on the way, they could be doing it for awhile.



Posted on: March 17, 2008 4:21 pm

Huskyonspeed's 2008 Men's Tournament Bracket

Time to rock and roll!  I'll admit i think i did a bit more geussing in the early rounds than in previous years, even though i watched a lot more college hoops this year.  But i am very confident in my champion.

1st Round
North Carolina over Mt. St. Marys, Indiana over Arkansas, Notre Dame over George Mason, Washington State over Winthrop, St, Josephs over Oklahoma, Louisville over Boise State, South Alabama over Butler, Tennessee over American.
2nd Round
North Carolina over Indiana, Notre Dame over Washington State, Louisville over St. Josephs, Tennessee over South Alabama.
3rd Round
North Carolina over Notre Dame, Louisville over Tennessee
Regional Final
North Carolina over Louisville

1st Round
Kansas over Portland State, UNLV over Kent State, Clemson over Villanova, Vanderbilt over Siena, USC over Kansas State, Wisconsin over CS Fullerton, Davidson over Gonzaga, Georgetown over UMBC.
2nd Round
Kansas over UNLV, Clemson over Vanderbilt, USC over Wisconsin, Georgetown over Davidson.
3rd Round
Kansas over Clemson, Georgetown over USC
Regional Final
Georgetown over Kansas

1st Round
Memphis over Texas-Arlington, Oregon over Mississippi State, Temple over Michigan State, Pittsburgh over Oral Roberts, Marquette over Kentucky, Stanford over Cornell, Miami over St. Marys, Texas over Austin Peay.
2nd Round
Memphis over Oregon, Pittsburgh over Temple, Stanford over Marquette, Texas over Miami
3rd Round
Pittsburgh over Memphis, Texas over Stanford
Regional Final
Texas over Pittsburgh

1st Round
UCLA over Miss. Valley State, BYU over Texas A&M, Drake over Western Kentucky, Connecticut over San Diego, Purdue over Baylor, Xavier over Georgia, Arizona over West Virginia, Duke over Belmont.
2nd Round
UCLA over BYU, Drake over Connecticut, Xavier over Purdue, Duke over Arizona
3rd Round
UCLA over Drake, Xavier over Duke
Regional Final
UCLA over Xavier

North Carolina over Georgetown
UCLA over Texas


UCLA over North Carolina

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 18, 2008 12:39 pm

Pac-10 Power Rankings, Week 7

For once, the rankings stay the same as the previous week. 

1.  UCLA (1) That type of gritty defensive effort against USC is why i think they will do well again in March.

2. Stanford (2) They got away with one in Tucson, still in good shape.

3.  Washington State (3) They appear to have rebounded nicely and could become a force again.

4. USC (4) The rankings get messy here.  The Trojans might be sliding but they get the Ducks and Beavs at home at this week.

5. Arizona State (5) They're sticking around for the long run, but their remaining schedule is tough.

6. Arizona (6) Could their Tourney appearance streak end this year?  I say no.

7. Oregon (7) Not a good time for them to be going to LA.

8. Cal (8) Nice win in Tempe, but it's looking like the NIT for them.

9. Washington (9) I think i might have to start researching this CBI thing.

10. Oregon State (10) Losing at home by 38 to the 9th place team?  Yeah, they're going 0-fer.

Posted on: February 11, 2008 1:54 pm

Pac-10 Power Rankings, Week 6

Wow, what a week.  These teams aren't making my "job" easy.  3 through 8, this conference is a mess.

1. UCLA (1) I still think they are a great team, but they need Collsion to play better.

2. Stanford (2) They're making me look stupid.  They could be a Final 4 darkhorse.

3. Washington State (4) righted the ship against the Trojans.

4. USC (5) Bad loss on Saturday, but they got a road split.  Can they beat the Bruins twice?

5. Arizona State (6) Beating Arizona twice will be huge for their resume.

6. Arizona (3) Bayless scored 39 against the Devils.  Rest of team=15. 

7. Oregon (8) They can get back in the race with if they play well this week.

8. Cal (7) Maybe they should play all their games on the road?

9. Washington (9) Great win, but they are still a tourney long-shot.

10 Oregon State (10) I think they're best chance for a conference win is this week against UW.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 3, 2008 2:06 am

Pac-10 Power Rankings, Week 5

Halfway through the conference season and we are starting to see some seperation.

1. UCLA (1) Sheer Dominance.

2. Stanford (3) Great win in Pullman.  I geuss they are for real.

3. Arizona (5) Got beat down at Pauley, but they are still moving forward.

4. Washington State (2) Looks like those close games finally caught up with them.

5. USC (4) I suspect they will remain near the middle of the conference standings.

6. Arizona State (6) Was that early start a fluke?  It's looking like it.

7. Cal (9) So much for being done... 2 much needed wins.

8. Oregon (8) Can they build off their win over Corvallis High?

9. Washington (7) Yikes!  They are in big-time trouble.

10. Oregon State (10) Will they win a conference game this year?

Posted on: January 27, 2008 11:32 am

Pac-10 Power Rankings, Week 4

1. UCLA (1) Even with a short bench, they got it done in the Beaver State.

2. Washington State (2) Close call against ASU.  Eventually trailing at halftime will catch up with them.

3. Stanford (3) Quietly hanging just behind the leaders.

4.  USC (6) Great win in the Quack Shack.  They lit it up in overtime.

5. Arizona (7) They will be dangerous now with Bayless healthy.

6. Arizona State (4) Brutal homestand, and it won't get any easier the next few weeks.  Harden is a beat though.

7. Washington (8) That game against Arizona showed they are a one-man team.  At least that one man is pretty good.

8. Oregon (5) 2 heartbreaking home losses.  At least they can regroup against OSU this week.

9 Cal (9) Ryan Anderson needs some help.

10 Oregon State (10) Meet the new boss... same as the old boss.

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