This is pretty much do-or-die week for Washington's NCAA chances.
Granted, things have been tough for them with all those young players being asked to play five of their first seven Pac-10 games on the road. But now that reverses: five of the next seven at home, and the Huskies had better take advantage.
To the point, they had better win their next three: Oregon at Hec Ed on Thursday, Oregon State at Hec Ed on Saturday, then at Arizona State next Thursday. (I don't see any UW-recovery plan that doesn't include a home/road sweep of OSU and ASU.)
And this Oregon game projects as must-win because the Ducks will be without the most-valuable player -- perhaps even the Pac-10's most valuable player -- Aaron Brooks, who will sit out as punishment for whacking Ryan Appleby with an elbow in the Pac-10 tournament last March. (Appleby needed six stiches in his upper lip, and Brooks was kicked out of the game for what was ruled an intentional foul.)