The Huskies worked out this afternoon in McKale Center. And of course, the inevitable question was how did that feel for freshman Abdul Gaddy, who had committed to Arizona before changing his mind when Lute Olson retired.
"I just see it as another game," he said. "I’m just trying to get ready for the game. We’re trying to bounce back from the Arizona State game. I’m just ready to play."
Of course, he understands that the crowd -- especially the ZonaZoo student section -- may not see it as just another game.
"I just want to see how the crowd responds when I come out," he said. "That will be fun."
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What kind of reception does he expect?
"Not a great one," Gaddy said. "But that will be fun. It’s all part of the game. I think it will make me play that much better."
On of the Tucson journalists asked if it might be a good thing that students are still away because school isn't quite back in session yet.
"Yeah," Gaddy said. "I think that’s a real good thing."
Of course, the Gaddy angle -- which I'll write about for the Sunday paper -- is secondary to the suddenly serious situation the 1-2 Huskies find themselves in in the Pac-10 race. With the Wildcats also 1-2, that makes this a very big game for both teams.
Coach Lorenzo Romar admitted he is "concerned" about the Huskies' back-to-back losses. But he also points to other slow-starting UW teams that have turned it around, including the 2006 team, which also started 1-2 and went on to a 13-5 league record, a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16.
"At times we’re just so close to doing it right," he said today. "We just have to have consistency. Somewhere we’ve got to get that. When we were 0-5 – I hate to always bring up the past – but we were losing these games by 16 or more just about every game. This team, last night (at ASU) it got away from us, but we just have to be more consistent."
A quick look ahead:
NO. 24 WASHINGTON (10-4 OVERALL, 1-2 PAC-10)AT ARIZONA (7-8, 1-2)2:30 p.m. Sunday, McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.TV: FSN Radio: 950-AM
Series: Arizona leads, 42-23. UCLA is the only Pac-10 team with a higher winning percentage against the Huskies. … The Huskies and Wildcats split last season, each winning on its home court. UW has lost three straight at McKale Center.
Statistical leaders: For UW – F Quincy Pondexter, 20.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg; G Venoy Overton, 3.3 apg. For UA – G Nic Wise, 15.1 ppg and 4 apg; F Jamelle Horne, 7.1 rpg.
Scouting report: Romar said he would stick with the starting lineup he used Friday at Arizona State, including Tyreese Breshers in place of Matthew Bryan-Amaning. … UW junior Justin Holiday did not make this trip due to what Romar called a minor eligibility issue that should be cleared up before the next game. … Arizona is 5-3 in McKale Center, including a 78-76 loss to Washington State on Friday. UW is 0-3 away from home. … The Wildcats are 0-2 against ranked teams. … UW leads the league in scoring, while Arizona is last in scoring defense. The Wildcats also are last in scoring margin and rebounding margin. … Washington averages 4.3 more offensive rebounds than its opponents, while Arizona grabs an average of 2.7 fewer. … Wise leads the Pac-10 in free-throw percentage (93.1).
Next: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, vs. Stanford, Hec Edmundson Pavilion; FSN.