Huskies and Cardinal tip off at 2:30 p.m. It'll be on FSN.
Here's today's UW-Stanford preview, which deals with Justin Dentmon's last-second foul that ended up costing the Huskies their game with the Cardinal four seasons ago. I probably think back on that as the second most dramatic loss of my five seasons covering UW hoops ... trailing only the Sweet 16 loss to UConn that ended that same season.
Since I reference that 2006 Stanford game a lot, I dug out the story I wrote from that game on that day. Here it is:
STANFORD, Calif. - Washington senior Brandon Roy has seen a lot.
But as he stood outside the silent Huskies locker room in Maples Pavilion, he admitted he had never seen - or felt - anything quite like Washington's 76-67 overtime loss to Stanford on Sunday night.
"For the first time in basketball, I feel sorry for myself," Roy said. "I feel like I did everything I could to win, and then that happened."
The loss was so sudden and so painful, several Huskies said they would take Sunday night to recover.
Then they resolved to wake up this morning with a goal: To make sure the damage is limited to a single loss.
"What's important at this point is we don't take a nosedive," UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. "I've seen teams in this situation not recover from it. That's what we need to make sure we get back. It's fine to grieve. I'm going to grieve. But tomorrow's a new day, and we have to bounce back."
The Huskies were 2.1 seconds away from victory after Roy hit a pair of free throws to put Washington ahead 63-60.
They were close enough to believe they had achieved the seniors' goal of winning at Stanford after 12 seasons of losses.
Then the roof caved in.
Stanford ran a play it calls "home run" - inbounding a pass from under its own basket to Matt Haryasz, who relays it to guard Chris Hernandez, who launches a desperation 3-point shot.
That is exactly the play Romar told his team to watch out for, exactly the play the Huskies prepared for in their huddle.
Still, Hernandez broke free from Justin Dentmon, and in the freshman's effort to recover, he brushed Hernandez's shooting hand. The foul was whistled, which sent Hernandez to the line needing to hit all three shots to force overtime.
The first was clean. The second swished. The third stuttered on the rim before Hernandez coaxed it through with body English.
"I was trying to lean it in just a little," Hernandez said. "I'll tell you, the lord had my back."
Even before those shots, while the officiating crew reviewed their call - ruling Hernandez had been behind the line and that he had released the shot before the buzzer - Romar tried to rally his players.
"The first thing I told our team while they were reviewing - I knew they were down - I said, 'Get you minds ready. In the event he makes these three, we've got to play another five minutes.' "
Saying it proved easier than doing it.
The Huskies (16-4 overall, 5-4 Pacific-10 Conference) quickly fell behind the Cardinal (10-7, 6-3) and then spent the remainder of the game intentionally fouling in a doomed effort to catch up.
"It kind of took me a minute in overtime to get my engine going," Roy said. "I think (my teammates felt) the same. It was tough trying to kick start."
"There was a letdown," Romar said. "Those things are hard to recover from. You could see their look. There's no way you think you're going to lose that with 2.1 second to go. It's an unheard of situation, and it happened."
No one was more distraught than Dentmon, who took some extra time before meeting with the media.
"It was a dumb foul," he said. "I thought I got him after the buzzer, but the camera showed it wasn't. It was a mental mistake. . . . (My teammates) just told me to put it behind me. They told me to let it slip, that I became a man tonight. This is just going to make me stronger."
Veteran Huskies admitted they must take their own advice about putting the game behind them.
The loss dropped Washington to a tie for fifth place as the league race hit its midpoint, two games behind conference leader UCLA.
That cold math is a reminder that the Huskies cannot afford to let the Stanford loss snowball into additional losses.
"There are still more things I'm planning for my senior year," Roy said. "(Winning at Stanford) is just one box I wanted to check off. There's still a lot more to play for: that NCAA tournament, and the chance to win that. And now, as dark as it may look, we still have a chance to win this Pac-10 championship."