Just two and three seasons ago, an Arizona-Washington men's basketball game was crucial to the title race of the Pacific-10 Confernce. These days both teams are smack in the middle of the league race at 3-3. In an odd way, that makes today's game in Tucson more important than the old days. The winner moves into the top half of the league race and in solid NCAA position, while the loser goes back into the bottom half and the road to the big dance gets that much tougher.
A win could loom particularly large for the Huskies, who after today will play four straight home games, setting up the possibility of a real mid-season surge.
Here is my story from today's paper.
And meanwhile, Bruce Pascoe's story in the Arizona Daily Star uses his game preview for an interesting look at this season's cluttered league race.
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Finally, we'll have our usual game-day blogging plan: pre-game news if/when it breaks, then halftime and postgame notes and quotes.
Tip is at noon, and the game is on FSN.