The Huskies clinch the outright Pac-10 championship. They will open the Pac-10 tournament at 2:30 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Wednesday's game between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds ... to be determined, but potentially WSU again. The loss certainly dumped the Cougars into the Wednesday double-header.
The Huskies got a while to celebrate on their own before the students swarmed the court and lifted Isaiah Thomas onto their shoulders. It was a great moment, and I'm sure the film and picture will be all over the media soon enough.
Then the Pac-10 championship trophy was presented from athletic director Scott Woodward to coach Lorenzo Romar.
Then the Huskies took turns cutting down the net, led by seniors Justin Dentmon, Artem Wallace and Jon Brockman ... who must be having a very nice Senior Day.
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"We worked really hard," Romar told the crowd. "We had great leadership. We had a commitment from 13 guys to be a team no matter what. Part of that team includes you all: Dawg Pack and everyone else – great job this year. This is a great great day for us, our program. I can't tell you how happy I am for all of you to share it with us. For these guys to share a Pac-10 championship is something that's very special. This is a great day. We are going to really really enjoy this, but we still have some work to do."
Then the seniors addressed the crowd, all thanking the UW fans. "It started out with a bang -- the Sweet 16," Brockman said of his freshman season. "And I have a feeling this group has a chance to do something a little more special than that."
Quincy Pondexter led UW with 16 points, although Venoy Overton once again was the fire and perhaps the difference-maker. Dentmon had 12 points in his final Hec Ed appearance, and Brockman seven points and a game-high 18 rebounds.
Taylor Rochestie led WSU with 23 points.
I'll be back with notes and quotes.
Halftime: UW, 30-25. Defense ruling the day, as the Huskies hav hit 36.7 percent of their shots, and the Cougs 29.6 percent of theirs.
Quincy Pondexter leads UW with 10 points, Aron Baynes leads WSU with 11.
Venoy Overton and Taylor Rochestie have gone at each other hard with lots of chirping.
And the crowd is into it too, with lots of UW fans in the upper parts of the east end.
Tipoff: There is one change in today's starting lineup: the expected one with senior Artem Wallace replacing sophomore Darnell Gant.
Senior Day is always a special one, but today's was even beyond the norm, with Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon going out with Wallace.
Unfortunately, the pregame events also included a moment of silence for former Husky football player Marquis Cooper, believed lost at sea last week.
Pregame: The clock is ticking down to the 2:30 p.m. tipoff for today's UW-WSU game.
Both teams are on the court warming up: Huskies in white, Cougars in crimson.
The Dawg Pack has brough several posters honoring UW seniors Jon Brockman, Justin Dentmon and Artem Wallace, who are playing their final Hed Ed games today.
After a slow start, UCLA has a seven-point halftime lead over Oregon, meaning the expected: UW has to win today to get the outright Pac-10 title and the top seed in the Pac-10 tournament. (Arizona State's win over Cal today doesn't affect UW's seeding.)
Normal blogging planned today -- plus a little. We'll jump in with pregame news, in-game updates and postgame notes and quotes. And then as the later games finish, we'll also try to straighten out all of the pairings for the Pac-10 tournament, which begins Wednesday (Thursday for UW) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.