Thursday, February 15, 2007

UW takes on Pittsburgh Saturday

This was supposed to be a late season tune up to get the Huskies ready for the rigors of the NCAA tournament. What it has become is a potentially unavoidable dark hole which the Huskies might be unable to climb out of if they are going to get into the tournament. After the loss to WSU on Wednesday the Huskies are faced with having to win out the rest of the way, or win the Pac Ten Tournament to be able to return to March Madness.

Pitt is ranked #7 in the country and had won 12 of it's last 13 games before falling to Louisville at home 66-53 on Monday. Over the last six years, Pitt has been the most successful Big East Conference basketball program. From 2001-07, Pitt owns the league's best records for league play (69-22) and overall games (155-36). Pitt is the only Big East Conference school to win 20 or more overall games and 10 or more league contests in each of the last six seasons. Pitt also set a school record with its sixth consecutive 20-overall win and 10-league win season. Prior to the 2001-02 season, Pitt won 20 or more games in only two consecutive seasons. It marks Pitt's 13th all-time 20-win season. Pitt is 14-2 at home this season.

Pitt center Aaron Gray is the guy the Huskies need to stop on Saturday to have any chance of winning. Louisville was able to do that by utilizing a 2-3 zone which put the game on the shoulders of the permeter players. Hawes, and Brockman should be able to give the 7'0 senior a game. Look for this game to be physical, and won on the inside. These two teams match up well, even though Pitt has an edge in experience. Both teams tend to flounder when they can't get the ball inside. Pitt had 15 turnovers in the first half against Louisville, does that sound familiar?

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