Washington's schedule offers quite a welcome to Pac-10 play: first facing No. 4 and unbeaten Washington State, then No. 5 and once-beaten UCLA.
So, with those Cougars and Bruins about to meet Saturday here at Pauley Pavilion, we figured who better to ask than the Huskies.
In one case we even got an answer, as junior guard Justin Dentmon seemed to favor the Cougs: "I think (the Bruins) were good, but I don't think they were as good a team as we've seen in the past," he said. "I thought we lost a little focus in the first half, and that's when they got away. … Washington State is more poised. (UCLA) let us back in the game. They could have put us away."
Junior forward Jon Brockman was considerably more diplomatic: "They're both really good teams," he said. "They're both great teams, and it's going to be a good matchup."
Coach Lorenzo Romar also was cautious: "That's going to be a really good game. That's too tough for me to call, because it's at Pauley. I would think that if it was at Washington State, Washington State would have the upper hand. At Pauley, we'll see."
UCLA coach Ben Howland also took a look forward: "Washington State is so tough and so good. Dick Bennett did a tremendous job turning that program around, and Tony has been great for that team since. I have so much respect for that program. It's a fantastic story. Playing that is like getting a root canal without pain killers."
Meanwhile, the LA papers also gave short note of the UW-UCLA game and began instantly turning their attention to Bruins-Cougs. Here's the LA Daily News version.
And here's a roundup of last night's Pac-10 action.